Friday, January 13, 2017

Making Mental Health Your Priority: Simple Ways To Lift Your Mood When Times Get Tough

It’s January, and everywhere you look people are posting photographs of healthy meals and gym kits. Making resolutions to get healthy at the start of the year is a really positive step to take. But being healthy isn’t just about having a body that works properly. It’s also about happiness, contentment, and mental stability. As a society, we tend to shy away from talking about mental health, but it’s an issue that affects us all. We all have times when life seems tough. Here are some simple ways you can lift your mood when you’re having one of those days.

Connect with others
If you’re stressed out, or you’re feeling low, it can really help to connect with others. Call your best friend for a catch-up, spend time with your boyfriend or pop round and visit your mom. Spending time with other people is good for your soul. You can offload your problems or simply enjoy each other’s company. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to friends and family, it can often be easier to share your thoughts and feelings with somebody you don’t know. If you find it hard to open up, it may be worth seeing a therapist.

Think positively
Sometimes, it’s really easy to adopt a positive mindset. But when it seems like the world’s against you, it can be much more difficult. If you can train yourself to be one of those people who sees a glass half-full, it’s much easier to cope with days that don’t go your way. Take a step back, and think about what you’re worried about. Is it really that bad? Try and identify solutions, rather than focusing on problems, and be confident that tomorrow’s a new day, and you’ll tackle it with a positive outlook.

Help others
Nothing makes you feel better than using your time and energy to help others. It’s worth remembering that even on the most difficult days, there are always people worse off than you. There may be lots of people who seem much luckier, but you’ll never be at the bottom of the pack. If you have spare time, consider volunteering or find out about supporting local charitable organizations. Choose a cause that is close to your heart. Perhaps you want to support Jewish charities or offer your time to a children’s center, for example.

You’ve probably heard people saying that laughter is the best medicine. While it may not work for every ailment, having fun can turn even the darkest day around. Put your favorite comedy movie on, meet up with friends or read a corny joke book. A little laughter can go a long way to boosting your mood.

If you’re trying to get your health on track in 2017, don’t neglect your mental health. Take steps to lift your mood and boost your happiness. We all have days when we feel down, but it’s not impossible to turn that frown upside down. Spend time with people you love, have fun, try and be positive, and help others. It’s important for all of us to make mental health a priority.

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