Mental health is becoming more recognized and important with each day that passes. Many organizations now recognize their employees’ needs for mental well-being, and more people are becoming aware of their likes and dislikes when it comes to self-care.
If you’re new to mental health maintenance or want some more tips about taking care of yourself, then read on for five more tips to improve your mental health.
1) Be around animals
Pets have long been known to aid mental wellbeing. They are a natural way to boost your serotonin and dopamine levels and benefit everyone – you get animal cuddles, and they get your attention and love.
If you don’t have any pets, visit the nearest zoo or visit a friend who does who wouldn’t mind you seeing them. Another alternative is to volunteer at a shelter or go to the local park where you can watch the dogs running around.
This tip isn’t ideal for the introverts amongst our readers, however, being around people who share your interests and who you get on well with will automatically boost your mental health. The method of socializing doesn’t have to be a house party or big event, it can be as simple as inviting one friend over for an hour and just relaxing together.
3) Eat dark chocolate
Dark chocolate has magnesium in it, which is a proven component in maintaining good mental health. It is also healthier for you than milk or white chocolate, yet still enables the part of the brain that gives you a small rush of serotonin.
4) Accomplish a goal you’ve been putting off
If you have the time and can motivate yourself to do it, try making a schedule or timeframe to complete a goal you’ve had on the back burner. The rush of success upon completion will boost your mood and has the bonus of you achieving something you’ve always wanted to do.
5) Brighten your room or house with flowers
Flowers are always a good way to promote happiness and relaxation within a household. It can be tricky to get out into nature, especially if you live in the middle of a city, in an apartment, or don’t have much free time, so buying a bunch of flowers each week can breathe some fresh air into your home.
Make sure you research before buying as some flowers can be toxic to pets, and others can trigger off allergies or hayfever, so buy the ones that are best suited to you. For cheaper bunches, go to your local supermarket and check to see if any are nearing their sell-by date to get a big discount.
Have you found any of these tips useful? Let us know in the comments!