Improving your mental mindset can seem like a daunting task - and we’d be lying if we told you it was easy. But before you pack it in and call it quits on getting help, know that it’s totally worth the time and effort! Remember, recovery isn’t linear - there’s not a defined end line and it certainly won’t be a straight path. There’s no better feeling, however, than being the best that you can be!
Bettering your mental health is more than getting enough sleep and self-care. Although those things can help in the moment, you’re not solving any long-term issues! We’ve curated a list of steps you can take to really reshape your mental health and start your recovery process.
1. Get a journal - and use it!
Journaling is a great outlet for your emotions, especially if you find it difficult to talk through things out loud with others. Track your sleep, how you’re feeling, to-do lists - whatever you’d like! There’s no wrong way to journal - what helps you may be completely different than what works for someone else.
Keep your pen and paper handy! You never know when there’s something that you’re going to want to write down. Try to write in your journal every day - even if it’s just for a few minutes. The more consistent you can be with your journaling, the better you’ll feel!
2. Exercise consistently.
Did you know - the efficacy of exercise is comparable to patients receiving antidepressant medication? While this isn’t a reason to stop any medications that you may be prescribed, it shows the true power of getting your blood pumping! Exercise helps enhance positive moods, distract from negative ones, and give yourself a sense of accomplishment.
How much exercise do you need? The advised amount is 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, three times a week. Unfortunately, only half of adults meet this goal! In addition, your week should contain two days of strengthening activities for major muscle groups. Get up and go!
3. Seek therapy!
This is where many people will click off of this article. Talking about triggers, emotions and bad habits can be tough! Therapy, however, isn’t just for people with mental health diagnoses - everyone can benefit! Stress at work? Talk about it. Want to increase productivity? Talk about it. It’s not always easy to start, but it can make a world of a difference!
Traditional therapy may not be for everyone, but recent advances in telemedicine have made services more accessible. If you have a computer, websites like Better Help or Talkspace have licensed therapists that are available for appointments. Are you always on the go? These websites come in app form too! When there’s a will, there’s a way!
Remember, your healing will take time. Nothing worth waiting for happens overnight! Just like anything, the more consistent you can be, the easier these tasks will get for you, and the better you will feel. Gear up - and get ready for the journey.