6 Steps to Mental Well-being

6 Steps to Mental Well-being

by Sally Walters


 

Whether you’re a Millennial, part of Gen Z, Gen X, or even a Baby Boomer, one thing is clear: our needs have shifted.

We are now aspiring to be happy and at peace over everything else. Rather than having complete financial security, some of us are more interested in fighting global warming, helping out our communities, promoting mental health and traveling the world. We prefer collecting memories instead of things. We feel the need to declutter our spaces, but enjoy filling up our lives with amazing experiences. We can accept paying rent for the rest of our lives instead of owning a home, as long as we’re happy and creating meaningful relationships. 

However, everyday stress can easily disrupt our fairytale. We can easily find ourselves stuck in the same routine, isolated or unmotivated-- all things that can seriously harm our mental well-being in the long run.

If you are looking to start your journey towards improving your overall mental welfare, read the six steps listed below: 

 

1. Be active

We get that, when feeling low, you’d rather master being a couch potato than being active. But it’s often when you least feel like it is when you most need it.

Regular exercise is known to provide various health benefits. While it plays an important role in controlling your weight and overall physical condition, being active also helps you maintain a healthy headspace.

 

The key to improving cognitive function is regular physical activity, which is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Fitness relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. It can also ease feelings of low self-esteem which can lead to social withdrawal.

 

2. Socialize

What if we told you that the secret to a longer life is as simple as socializing? 

Yes, while socializing can improve mental and emotional health, it may also help you live (and love) longer. Studies show being social decreases depression, reduces feelings of loneliness, helps sharpen memory and cognitive skills, and increases your sense of happiness.

 

And don’t forget to give back to your community. This can promote a sense of purpose and help us feel useful. Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of well-being research because individuals who reported a greater interest in helping others were more likely to rate themselves as being happy. 

 

3. Be aware of the things around you

   
Do you feel as if you’re always on the go without a chance to stop and notice everything that goes on around you? The first step into achieving mindfulness is being aware of your surroundings. Sights, smells, sounds, tastes, thoughts, feelings, and sensations - all can enhance your well-being and help reaffirm your life priorities.  
 
Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your values and motivations. Start small by taking different routes to work, paying attention to your colleagues, or even getting a plant. You’ll notice valuable improvements in your daily life.

 

  
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4. Take a break

Breaks play an important role in helping us recover from stress, while also giving us a chance to refocus. In turn, this can improve your performance and boost your creativity. As basic as this may sound, take a five-minute break to breathe, change your scenery, or do something else. A change of pace in an otherwise redundant routine is good for your mental health.

 

5. Celebrate every little success

Here’s a secret to keep yourself excited about everything life has to offer: have something to look forward to. 

Break down all your activities and set objectives throughout your journey. Focusing your energy towards achieving a goal breaks routine, boosts energy, and reinforces a positive attitude and behavior.

 

Don’t forget to celebrate every little success! Celebrating success is a very powerful motivator as it validates the purpose behind all that hard work and shows appreciation for achievements. This improves your self-esteem and motivates you to take the next step towards achieving your next milestone.

 

6. Supplements - the ace up your sleeve

Maybe you’ve already tried all the tricks in the book and nothing has really worked. Supplements that are rich in vitamins and minerals can truly make a difference. 

 

A full complex of supplements can ensure you’re getting the proper intake you need to strengthen your overall mental well-being. For instance, though it’s widely known that vitamin C acts as an immune-boosting agent, it also has a potentially preventive and therapeutic effect on mental illness. Furthermore, B vitamins ensure healthy brain function, support feelings of calm and stability, prevent stress, depression, chronic fatigue, and other afflictions. Another essential nutrient, zinc, can help reduce oxidative stress. Vitamin B12, which supports the brain and nervous system, regulates mood, learning, memory, and other numerous physiological processes.

 

There are many roads that lead to the mountaintop, but the road to mental well-being is one worth taking. Use our tips daily and start seeing your life change for the better. 

 

 

  
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