Sure, diet and exercise help. But so does opening up to a friend.
Patricia Harteneck, Ph.D., MBA
Mental health is much more than a diagnosis. It's your overall psychological well-being—the way you feel about yourself and others as well as your ability to manage your feelings and deal with everyday difficulties. And while taking care of your mental health can mean seeking professional support and treatment, it also means taking steps to improve your emotional health on your own. Making these changes will pay off in all aspects of your life. It can boost your mood, build resilience, and add to your overall enjoyment of life:
1. Tell yourself something positive.
2. Write down something you are grateful for.
3. Focus on one thing (in the moment).
5. Eat a good meal.
6. Open up to someone.
7. Do something for someone else.
8. Take a break.
9. Go to bed on time.
Start today. You have the power to take positive steps right now to improve your resilience and emotional health. Don’t wait until you're in a crisis to make your mental health a priority. Besides, it is easier to form new habits when you are feeling strong. You can then implement those habits when you need them most. Pick something from this article that resonates with you and try it. Then, try something else. Slowly putting in place routines, habits, and regular patterns will help you feel better through gradual change.