Modern living can be stressful. Between growing urban environments, interconnectedness and ever-increasing hours of work, the phenomena of declining mental health is on the increase.
More than ever people are suffering from mental distress and fatigue, and exacerbating mental and emotional conditions such as depression and anxiety.
These conditions tend to produce feelings of negative self-worth, sadness, and restlessness. And they are detrimental to a satisfying and fulfilling life as well as maintaining meaningful relationships.
But just because you’re in a rut doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it.
Like physical health, mental health is something you can work on. When you’re feeling stuck, one of the most beneficial things you can do is to take action.
This obviously means different things to different people, but the notion of doing something is oftentimes more important than the action itself. That being said, the action is not insignificant.
Below we’ll take a look at some tangible steps you can take to improve your self-worth and keep your mental health afloat.
How To Improve Your Mental Health
Here are a few things you can do to better yourself and improve your mental health:
1. Change Your Appearance
Your hair is one of defining features and is often one of the first things that people see in regards to your appearance.
A certain hairstyle also defines the type of person you are to a greater or lesser degree. This is why a person suddenly changing their hairstyle or dyeing their hair a different color can be so shocking.
But changing up your appearance can also be cathartic, and bring with it a sense of change and empowerment.
So when you’re in need of a personal reboot, you could try dyeing your hair darker, or else go for a completely different hairstyle altogether.
Another way to change your appearance is to lose a couple of pounds (if you’re overweight). This isn’t the fastest and easiest process, but it’s definitely the healthiest.
2. Learn A New Skill
When it comes to personal development, there’s no better way to improve your sense of self than learning a new skill.
This could be something useful to your career such as front end development or graphic design.
Or it could simply be an interest that you’d like to pursue as a personal goal, such as woodworking or learning a language.
Regardless, learning a new skill is endlessly beneficial and can provide a deep sense of satisfaction, accomplishment and an appreciation of yourself and what you’re able to achieve.
3. Eat Healthy
There is a growing body of evidence that poor nutrition and compromised mental health are linked.
According to research, food plays a significant role in the development and management of specific mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. This isn’t really groundbreaking science.
After all, eating a healthy diet has a direct effect on how your body performs and looks, and your cognitive function. This has direct implications for how you view yourself.
It isn’t always easier for everyone to suddenly overhaul their diet completely. But taking small steps can start a snowball effect of positive change and greater wellbeing.
Check out this guide for healthier eating tips to get started.
4. Change Your Workout Routine
If you’re not working out, you should start doing it right now. It’s important for your body and mind to exercise regularly (even though the intensity isn’t so high).
And if you’re already doing some exercises a few times a week, now it should be the moment when you switch up your routine.
Try other exercises totally different from those you already do. Enroll in a team sport such as volleyball, handball, football, or anything you find fun.
Go for a long run in your local park, or get your bike and explore unknown sites of your surroundings.
There’s something new to do anywhere, and every time. Just be creative and switch things up to avoid boredom.
5. Cleanse Your Body
Your body is your temple. Treat it accordingly.
From time to time, do a 24-hour cleanse diet to flush out all the toxins in your body. When your body feels good, your mental health improves too.
If you’re a smoker, consider killing this bad habit. This is one of the best things you can do to improve your self-worth and mental health.
The same thing goes with alcohol consumption. You can’t improve yourself, or your mental health if you’re intoxicated. Eliminate this habit and your body will thank you!
Search for professional medical advice if you think you need it. A detox center can always help you more than an online article will ever do.
YOU HAVE THE POWER!
No matter what path you choose, or how healthy you think you are, there is always room for improvement. And you’re the only one that has the power to better himself/herself.
So whether you want to improve your mental health, or just to feel better in your skin, these tips should help you achieve your goal.
Remember, you have the power to change yourself.