10 Ways to Improve Your Mental Well-Being Right Now

By Krista

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Last Updated: November 5, 2021

If you’ve been feeling a little down in the dumps, you aren’t alone. It happens to all of us. Unfortunately (and possibly, fortunately), life is full of ups and downs. Yet, during tough times, taking care of yourself can make a world of difference. 

At the same time, you might not have the tools you need to do so. Maybe you’re wanting to feel better, but you just aren’t sure how to do that. Luckily, you’ve landed on the right article. Below, we’re going to dive headfirst into 10 ways you can improve your mental well-being right now.

So, let’s get straight to it.

 

1. Create a Gratitude Journal

In this modern world, it’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of what you want or need. You might see that new outfit on social media and decide you need it in your life. Or perhaps you just found out that the new version of your phone is out, and you’ve decided you need that too.

Let’s just slow this all down for a second. What about all the things you already have in your life? An attitude of gratitude is insanely good at dispelling negative thoughts and feelings and allowing you to appreciate your life for all that it is and for all that we fail to notice on a daily basis.

The truth is our lives are already so abundant. We’ve just got to take the time to notice. So, take a few minutes and write down every single thing you’re grateful for.

It can be as small as the clothes on your back or as big as you want it to be. The point is to practice appreciation for everything that is already present in your life.

Related Article: How Practicing Gratitude Can Help You in Your Hardest Moments

 

2. Nourish Your Body

Did you know that anxiety and stress happen when you don’t eat for hours on end? It can also happen when you’re not giving your body the food it needs. So, this is your sign. 

Ditch that takeout meal and those pre-packaged food items. It’s time to treat yourself to a homemade spread that your body and health will appreciate. And if you haven’t eaten any food in hours, grab something. Anything is better than nothing. 

 

3. Socialize

There are so many benefits of socializing, including:

  • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved quality of life
  • Decreased risk of cognitive decline with age
  • Reduced blood pressure

Humans thrive off of connection. We are naturally social creatures. Even if you don’t “feel like it,” try picking up the phone to call a friend or try getting out to that social event. Having that basic connection can do wonders for your mental health.

 

4. Get Some Sun

Have you been outside recently? If not, this could be exactly what you need. Sunlight increases serotonin in the brain, which can boost your mood and help promote feelings of calm. On top of this, the sun helps regulate your circadian rhythm.

This means that exposing yourself to the sun each day can help promote a good night’s sleep later on.

 

5. Take 5-10 Deep Belly Breaths

Research shows how deep breathing is associated with decreased anxiety, reduced stress, and improved attention. While it might feel silly to do, it can really help lift up your mood, as well as calm you down during stressful times.

Start by sitting up tall with your shoulders back and a neutral spine.

  • Close your mouth and eyes.
  • Take a deep breath through your nose, filling your chest and belly as much as you can.
  • Count to four as you do so.
  • Then, exhale through your nose, again, counting to four as you do so.
  • Repeat this for 5-10 breaths.

How do you feel afterward?

 

6. Move Your Body

You likely already know the countless benefits that exercise has when it comes to your physical and mental health. And moving doesn’t have to mean an intense or super planned out workout.

In fact, it can simply mean going for a short walk around the block or performing a few stretches in the comfort of your own home. Some individuals might even find they feel better after busting out a few squats or push-ups. Do what works for you.

The goal is simply to move a bit and get that blood flowing!

 

7. Take the First Step

Is there a goal you want to achieve? Or is there something you’ve been putting off and feeling guilty about (not that you need a reminder)? Let’s alleviate some of these feelings surrounding these situations. 

All you need to do is take that first step. What does this mean? It could mean writing down in your calendar what you need to do to get to where you want to be. It could mean planning out how you’re going to get to your goals. 

When all else fails, keep this first step ultra-simple. Overwhelm doesn’t serve anyone. Just take that first step, and do it for you, not anyone else!

8. Set Yourself Up for a Better Sleep

There are countless articles and studies linking sleep to improved mental well-being. Harvard Health puts it simply, “Sleep deprivation affects your psychological state and mental health.”

Undeniably, your mental state can also impact your sleep patterns. However, you do have some control here. You can set yourself up for sleep success. Start by getting into a routine, such as going to bed and waking up at the same time.

Avoid screens for an hour or two before bed. Instead, find a relaxing activity that helps you wind down. It matters more than you think.

Related Article: 18 Tips For Better Sleep At Night

 

9. Change Your Posture

Alright, this is super simple. How are you sitting right now? If you’re hunched over or lying down in the fetal position, it’s time for a change. Yes, everything in you might not want to sit up, but it will help you feel that much better.

So, sit up and straighten your back. Take on a power pose. This has the ability to improve your confidence and give you more energy.

 

10. List Five Things You Love About Yourself

Lucille Ball famously once said,

“Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

When you’re feeling down, it can be hard to give yourself a little love. But practice makes it easier each time. So, take a few moments and write down at least five things you love about yourself.

They can be about your personality, your accomplishments, your looks, the abundance in your life, and so much more. After all, you are your own best friend, always.

 

Step Forward Into a Better Life!

Feeling better doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Taking a few simple actions can make a huge difference in your mood and mental state. Yet, it’s up to you to take those steps and make those changes to feel better. Remember, you are in the driver’s seat of your life. Steer it in the direction you want it to go.

Read Next: 9 Things That Aren’t Helping Your Mental Health

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