7 Actionable Ways To Improve Your Mental Health

Most people deal with mental health struggles at some point in their lives. Many more will deal with them for their entire lifetime. That’s why we must be all armed with a toolkit of ways to deal with our mental health – from the conventional to more alternative approaches. Every human being is unique, so there can’t be a one-size-fits-all approach or universal band-aid to fix our issues. Let’s look at ways to tackle our mental health struggles, many are free, and you can start immediately. 

Talking Things Out 

Sometimes, all it takes to overcome specific issues are just talking things out. Even if you suffer from relationship anxiety, your partner may still be the best person to help you overcome your problems. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a doctor, a trusted friend, relative, or even a religious leader that’s important to you, it will help. Keeping things bottled up doesn’t do anyone’s mental health any good, so maybe a good talk or cry session is all you need. The act of connecting and talking to another person about your mental health is free and a great starting point toward better emotional health if you’re constricted by budget. 

Trying Therapy 

Speaking of talking to someone, maybe you’ve wondered if you could benefit from therapy before. Perhaps you’ve been held back from reaching out for help because you asked, “How much does therapy cost?” The truth is, many therapists work on sliding scales or with your insurance company. And, further, everyone can benefit from therapy, even those not struggling at the moment. 

Consider CBD Oil 

You may have heard of CBD oil as it’s hit the scene hard in the last couple of years. It has been shown through numerous studies to help with stress and anxiety. On top of its ability to help with physical ailments, it can help with your mental health as well, and it is worth giving a try. If you are currently taking daily prescription medication, consult with your GP or at least a pharmacist to make sure you can incorporate CBD oil into your daily routine.

Exercise Everything

Keeping not only your body but your brain in peak shape can do wonders for your emotional well-being. Studies have shown that physical exercise releases chemicals that make you happy and calm you down. Keeping your mind occupied through mental activities is excellent for your emotional well being too! Whether you go with knitting, crossword puzzles, or video games, having something fun that keeps your brain occupied is excellent for dealing with stress or anxiety. Additionally, mental exercises help combat negative brain issues with aging. Both are free, and you can start utilizing them today to feel better. 

Avoiding Drugs & Alcohol 

Another free but money-saving way to help your mental health is to avoid harmful coping mechanisms. Many people turn to drugs or alcohol to deal with anxiety and depression. But, the truth is, in the long run, these forms of escape typically lead to worsened mental health. So, while you’re working through your issues, it’s best to do it sober. If you’re struggling with stopping drug or alcohol use, there are resources to help you quit in virtually every community in the country and many more online. 

Prioritizing Sleep 

We’ve all heard sleep called “beauty rest,” and sure, you’ll look more like a million bucks if you’re getting your recommended eight to nine hours a night, but sleep does so much more. When our bodies are tired, so are our brains. Sleep is a time of significant restoration and recharging. By giving our brains the ability to heal why we sleep, we keep a leg up on our mental health issues. So, curate a nighttime routine conducive to falling asleep easier and sleeping longer. 

Social Connection 

Whether you choose to spend time with fellow human beings or animals, having a social connection in your life is paramount to your mental health. If you don’t already have a pet, consider adopting one – if your health issues are severe enough, a service animal is a great option. If you don’t have time or the ability to have a special furry friend in your life, make sure you’re taking time to connect with friends and loved ones. 

Mental health, unfortunately, still carries a stigma in some people’s minds – if you are one of those people, please let it go. We all go through mental and emotional struggles or illnesses in our lives and deserve compassion. If you are struggling right now, please utilize the tips mentioned above to start feeling better today, hopefully. Here’s to your health!

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