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Looking for tips to improve your mental health? We'll post interesting articles and research related to exercise, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness and more! Even making small changes to your daily routine can have a positive impact on your mental health!
While we continue to work to increase awareness and decrease stigma, there's another important piece on which we should focus - preventing mental health problems before they occur. As Arianna Huffington, the founder of Thrive Global, said in a recent post, "It's time to shift the mental health conversation from awareness to action." So pick up a book, buy a plant, or schedule a walk or coffee with a friend (scroll down for more ideas) - and start today!
Arianna Huffington summarizes why we should think about the small changes we can make to have a big impact on our health in her article, Microsteps: The Big Idea That’s Too Small to Fail. Thrive Global's new initiative, Thriving Mind, is a great additional resource for how to prioritize our mental health every day.
What you eat and drink can have have a major impact on how you feel - emotionally and physically.
The research is clear - regular exercise has a powerful impact on our mental health - even 15 minutes a day can make a difference.
Paying attention to our breathing can be a simple way to affect our mood.
Try a free breathing app to get started.
Meditation can take many different forms and has multiple benefits for mental health.
Many hospitals, retreat centers, and yoga studios offer the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course developed at UMASS in 1979 by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn. This class can be a great way to develop a meditation practice. There are also many wonderful meditation apps available.
Relaxation is often overlooked as an important part of protecting our brain health. This Chopra Center article explains why you should make relaxing a priority:
Practicing gratitude can be a powerful tool - learn more about the benefits of gratitude and how to incorporate It into your daily routine.
Science shows that a regular yoga practice can provide natural anxiety and stress relief.
Need some facts to support your argument to get a dog? Look no further!
Putting your thoughts and feelings down on paper can be therapeutic and have multiple mental health benefits.
ART and CREATIVITY
Engaging in creative activities has been shown to help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
Even fake smiling and laughing can cause endorphins to release in our brains, which makes us feel happier.
We don't always think about the therapeutic benefits of houseplants or gardening, but research shows we should consider a incorporating a little more green in our lives.
Spending time outdoors can do wonders for our mood, and science supports the positive impact of getting outside.
Music can have a greater influence on your mental health than you might realize.
This Harvard Health article outlines how the act of volunteering can have surprising benefits:
ACTS OF KINDNESS
Don't underestimate the power compassion and kindness can have to reduce stress, boost our immune systems, and help reduce negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, and depression.
SOCIALIZING WITH FRIENDS (face to face)
Investing in spending time with friends leads to better emotional well-being, and has even been linked to a longer life.
What we say to ourselves matters, and it can have a big impact on how we feel.
READING BOOKS (bibliotherapy)
Research shows that reading books can help us understand our struggles in a greater context, and simply give us a respite from our own lives as we connect with characters in their lives.
Massage can be an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety, and can help us increase our attention to the present moment.
This ancient practice can have positive results, but it's a good idea to do a little research first.
There is an abundance of research and information available regarding ways to improve brain health. While we will post the articles we find most interesting, it is still important to consult with with a professional if you are struggling with your mental health. No content on this site should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.
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