Be Happy

Studies show that one in four people will face a mental health issue at some point in their life. Therefore, emotional well-being should be a top-priority for everyone.

Mental health affects everything from how you cope with stress to how you connect with others. Even if you don’t struggle with mental health issues, take note of these exercises that just may increase your happiness.

Talk to a doctor

Seek the advice of a trained medical professional about the appropriate steps to take. Counseling? Medication? Dietary changes? Depression and anxiety screenings and mental health consultations are often referred to a clinician who can tailor to your specific needs.

Meditate

Spend some time to reflect on the positive things in your life. Even something as simple as your favorite food or a beautiful day can improve your mood.

Limit social media

Take note of your morning routine. Do you wake up and check your news feed? If you have the tendency to compare yourself to others, try to minimize this type of interaction. Start your day by doing something you love instead.

Exercise

As Elle Woods of Legally Blonde would say, “Endorphins make you happy.” When you exercise, these chemicals give you an instant mood boost. Even a morning walk qualifies as exercise and has been proven to ease symptoms of depression.  

Have a support system

Whether your spouse or a close friend, research shows social connections are imperative to good mental health. Book a weekend getaway with your spouse, or catch a movie with your best friend.

Educate yourself

Mental health is far less intimidating when you know what is happening inside the brain. For example, some disorders are genetic, while other conditions have physical symptoms. Knowledge truly is power.

Maintain a healthy diet

Incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet. Food such as spinach and walnuts contain key elements that help promote good mental health.

Hit snooze

Yes, we’ve saved the best for last—permission to catch a few extra Zs. A lack of sleep affects your physical health as well as your mental health. Sleep deprivation makes it difficult for one to regulate their emotions. Try to set a reasonable bedtime, and work toward sticking to it.

Sources: huffingtonpost.com, uhs.umich.edu

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