Clever Things You Can Do To Boost Your Mental Health (No Matter How You Feel)

Mental health, good, bad, or somewhere in between, we all have it. In fact, in many cases, it is like a muscle, one that, if you work, will get stronger each day. Of course, when you are feeling tired, down, or vulnerable, working on your mental health can feel anything but easy. The good news is that there are some strategies you can use, no matter how you are feeling. Read on to find out what they are. 

Eat well

We have all heard the saying you are what you eat. However, recent research is beginning to show that what we consume on a day to day basis has even more of an effect on how we feel than previously thought. In fact, many experts are suggesting that up to 80% of serotonin (the happy chemical) is produced in our gut. Which provides us with food for thought indeed. 

Of course, what that means is that if we want to have good mental health, we need to eat right too. Therefore if you are a little too fond of takeout or products full of high sugar and fat fillers, it may be time to swap over to another way of eating. One that is full of whole grains, leafy green, and plenty of fiber will usually do the job. 

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Address specific mental health issues 

Yes, keeping ourselves in good shape can definitely have an impact on your mental health. Although, it is essential to remember that there are specific conditions out there that will not resolve themselves with just a change in diet and exercise alone. 

In fact, there are several conditions, such as bipolar, schizophrenia, and addiction, that require specific treatment programs and support. The good news is that there are often a range of treatment and management options available to you.

In particular, there are some great options when it comes to treating addiction. In fact, you may choose to attend an overseas rehab center, something that will allow you to focus 100% on your recovery. Alternatively, you may want to do an outpatient program in this country. This being an option that can mean as little disruption to our daily life as possible. 

Exercise 

Another action you can take to boost your mental health is to exercise. In fact, studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise is as effective in treating depression and anxiety as some of the top medications. 

However, before you pull on your lycra and lace up your training shoes, remember that you don’t need to start running marathons straight away. 

In fact, it is best if you start off small, especially if you aren’t used to working out. Then your body will get a chance to get used to things, and you are also much more likely to get a sense of certification from what you are doing as well. Something that will ensure you carry on with your new mental health-boosting habit rather than give up on it after a few sessions. 

 

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