This is a guest post written by Jennifer Scott. It touches my heart because I have used all of these methods during my healing period of life and I still do everyday.
Unconventional Ways to Boost Your Mental Health
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Ever heard the Latin phrase ‘mens sana in corpore sano’? Translated in English, this phrase means “a sound mind in a sound body”. Whoever said this surely had it right because there is a direct correlation between a healthy mind and a healthy body. Just like you need a healthy body, you also need a sound mind that is free from stress, depression, and worry to lead a fulfilling life. You may have seen or heard of people going on diets and exercising to get a healthy body. But have you heard of anyone doing the same thing for mental health? Your answer is probably no. Mental health is equally important, and here are some of the unconventional ways you can use to boost it.
- Shake your booty
Remember the Grey’s Anatomy episode, where Cristina Yang says “We have to dance it out”? Well, looks like she had the right idea. When you are feeling stressed or down on a particular day, one of the best ways to boost your mental health is to dance. Choose the beats that make you want to shake your booty, and dance however you want to. According to prominent Swedish researchers, dancing can definitely help enhance your physical as well as mental health. This study also showed that dancing helps in stress-relief, depression, and anxiety.
- Keep a gratitude journal
Writing a diary is extremely important for your peace of mind. By putting down all your thoughts in a diary, you are ensuring that they are heard, so they will not keep circling in your head. However, instead of just detailing everything that upset you during the day, note down the things that made you happy too. A gratitude journal is a diary where you write down all the positive things that happened during your day, and how that made you feel. Keeping this kind of journal has been shown to reduce your stress levels as well as boost your mental health.
- Lie down in the sun
One of the easiest ways to boost your mental health is to just go outdoors and soak in the sun. There is a strong correlation between sunlight and mental health – seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that is caused by lack of sunlight. A new research has shown that your negative mental health symptoms could increase if you have low levels of vitamin D. Sunlight is not only the single best source of vitamin D, but also costs you nothing. So do decide to go sunbathing now and again.
- Get yourself a pet
Whether you love cats or dogs, there is a different joy altogether in playing with these animals. If you were looking for the pros to owning pets, how about the fact that they can help boost your mental health? As per the findings of the National Center for Health Research, pets are extremely beneficial to their owners. Some of these benefits include higher levels of dopamine and serotonin, reduced symptoms of depression, and lower blood pressure.
- Limit your coffee intake
It is true that consuming coffee has been known to protect your brain from cognitive disorders like dementia. However, when you overdo it, by drinking more than four cups of coffee a day, it can have negative effects on your mental health. Some of the side-effects of drinking too much coffee include anxiety, insomnia, irritability, and muscle spasms. Therefore, limiting your intake of coffee will definitely help boost your mental health.
Although these methods may seem unconventional, they actually do improve your overall mental health. Give them a shot when you’re feeling blue.
Written by Jennifer Scott at spiritfinder.