How To Improve Mental Health Daily

3 Small, Empowering Steps You Can Take To Improve Your Mental Health On The Daily

Because you are a priority.

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Mental health, which was previously a taboo, is now more openly talked about in society. People seek help for a wide variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD from reputed therapists.

But what about regular people like you and me, who aren't suffering from a mental disorder, but still could work on being more mentally healthy?

Think about this from the point of view of your physical health. Maybe you don't have the flu or a heart condition or a terminal illness, but at the same time sitting at home lounging around on your couch isn't exactly the peak of physical fitness. To improve, you'll need to eat healthier, drink more water, and do cardio. Think of this article as mental cardio.

As an AP Psychology student, I have learned so much about the importance of mental health and how a lack of self-confidence and positive action can hold someone back from reaching their full potential. After researching many methods to improve self-esteem, find motivation, and improve relationships, I have written down a few steps that everyone can take to improve their own mental health on an everyday basis.

These steps aren't the "drink lots of water" of physical health tips, but will help you change how you think about yourself and the situations you are in to have a more positive outlook on life and take definitive action towards solving the problems you have to deal with.

1. The first step to improving self-esteem is befriending yourself

Wow, that was, without a doubt, the most cliche sentence I have written. It is true, though. Being your own friend doesn't mean that you have to be a loner and talk to yourself. Being your own friend means looking out for yourself, like you would for any of your other friends. Doing this helps you reaffirm who you are as a person and what you stand for, and also prevents you from making bad decisions that will prove unhealthy in the future.

For example, if you are upset about not getting into a college and start to believe it is because you are incompetent and worthless, think about how you'd talk to your friend if he or she was going through the same thing. Would you tell them that they should just give up trying because they didn't get in? Or would you say something more along the lines of, "They lost a good one. But now, you need to look at what you can accomplish at the school you're going to. Your dreams and ambitions shouldn't be discarded just because of this result". Just understanding how you'd treat someone else in the same situation is immensely eye-opening and prevents you from hurting your self-worth.

Remember that as humans, we are much harsher on ourselves than we are to other people. So anytime you find yourself going down the rabbit hole of comparison, dejection, or general discontent, try this technique out!

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2. Choose what you care about carefully

I first came across this idea in a book titled "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck". In this book, author Mark Manson heavily emphasizes the need to choose what you give your emotions to in order to prevent emotional exhaustion. We tend to get worked up about things that truly do not matter in the long run and will not affect us. This drains us emotionally and prevents us from being able to achieve goals that really do matter because we are simply too exhausted from being emotional over trivial things.

For example, people become upset about a bus running ten minutes late, or their favorite Starbucks drink being sold out. These occurrences are just daily happenings and should not result in us fuming or becoming upset. Getting over small disappointments is a part of life and it helps to evaluate how much importance this event truly has in your life. Deciding to care about things that matter more, such as family, friends, and work shows maturity and helps you prioritize your life instead of playing an emotional tug-of-war with everything and everyone.

3. Cut off anything draining your energy or creating negativity

Have you ever met a person so positive and charismatic that you are instantly drawn to them? Hearing them talk about their goals and what interests them makes you feel eager to pursue what drives you as well, and the relationship is uplifting and betters you as a person.

Now, think of the people that are the exact opposite. Do you feel like you cannot be yourself around them? Do you feel like a cloud is raining on you all day, that they are draining you of positive energy and making you feel like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh?

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Now I love Eeyore as much as the next Disney freak, but if you are feeling like him on a permanent basis, there's something sapping you, sis.

That something sapping you may be as simple as scrolling through social media or a certain person in your life, but you need to get rid of it. It's hurting you from reaching your full potential, and preventing you from being your best self. Seek out people in the first category, people that match your vibe and make you excited about what you're going to accomplish. Surrounding yourself with those that uplift you will lead to you not only feeling more wholesome and positive, but will lead to you uplifting others, continuing the chain.


Empowering yourself is understanding who you are and loving yourself for your positive qualities while working on what you're, uh, not so good at. Taking steps to improve your mental health are beneficial to your personal and professional goals, and spending time on yourself will truly get you to where you need to be, a.k.a Your Best Self.

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Summer In College Is For More Than Just Working

No, you're never to hold to have fun in the summer.

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There should never be an age where you stop having fun in the summer. The weather is nice, there are always things to do, and everyone is just naturally happier. So, regardless of whether you're 7 or 21, I'm talking to you.

During the year it can be hard to find a routine unless you are a very put together person. Sadly, I am not. Even when I tell myself I'm going to eat healthily, work out, and stop procrastinating, I usually don't follow through with that. At school, I find myself in somewhat of a constant catch-up mode. When I feel like I'm ahead on my homework or studying, that usually means I'm behind on being healthy in other aspects of my life. That is why I love summer. It's a chance to reset the clock for a second and catch your breath.

I get that having an internship or working is important for your post-graduation life, but having fun is important for your college years too. When you get a job in the real world, summer is going to look a lot different for you. That is why it's best to take advantage of the time now. This doesn't mean turning down that work experience, it means doing things other than just working.

First things first is finding a hobby you enjoy that you don't do at school. Pick it up for a little over the summer. Why not? For me, this is yoga. For whatever reason, I find myself too nervous to attend yoga classes at school. I have absolutely no reason to be anxious about doing something I like, but I am so I take the time to attend a few classes a week in the summer.

Secondly, try reading. Before you make that look of disgust on your face, think about the last time you read a book of your choosing. If it was recently, then kudos to you for managing your time well enough to do that. If you are not that person, then hello! I am talking to you. I am not a fan of reading because I usually associate it with homework. However, I find that when I have the time to browse the book section of a store for a few seconds, I find multiple books that jump out at me. During the summer I take the opportunity to read a little here and there. The nice part of leisure reading over school reading is that there's no deadline. You can read what you want when you want to.

Finally, learn something new. Again I usually associate learning with things that I am required to learn for my major. Learning something new that interests you is a different kind of rush. When I'm bored in class, I make bucket lists of little things I want to learn about. They can be big or small. One time I wanted to learn how to knit. Don't ask me why my 19-year-old self thought it would be sweet to sit on my porch in the summer knitting, but I did, and I'm kind of sad I didn't pursue that interest. When might I ever have time to learn how to knit again?

These might sound like quirky things to do, but you're young. Make a bucket list and try to cross one thing off each weekend. If you're like me, then you're a little scared of growing up. Scared you won't be able to accomplish all the things you want to. But, the fact of the matter is no one is going to make you accomplish them but you. So, take some initiative and do them. Summer is for more than just working; it's time to live a little and reset the clock.

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The Types Of People That Watch Movies

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This past weekend I saw the movie of the life time, Avengers Endgame. It was the culmination of 10 years in the making and no there will not be any spoilers in this piece of writing. I however noticed the same trends that occurred each time I went to the movies. The I saw the same people, however they were just in different bodily forms. When my eyes were not glued to the screen out of sheer anxiety and thrill, I managed to catch a quick glance at the type of people that plague our good theaters.

To start off, there are always those people that are good people and don't disturb the movie experiences of others. These are the quiet people, the ones who keep their eyes on the movie and focus on nothing else. These are the people we should all aspire to be, with their bloodshot eyes from not blinking as to not miss a single moment of the movie. While I am not always the Eyes Glued To The Screen movie watcher, I can say with assurance that I am a somewhat follower of this rule. I think everyone should learn from these people.

Next comes the traditional On My Phone Like A Idiot in the movie movie watcher. This is by far the most annoying of all the people that come to a movie. Like I came to be entertained and I paid good money for this, I didn't pay 14 dollars and 31 cents to hear some girl gossip on her phone to her friend about how her boyfriend didn't bring her flowers or some middle aged man attempt to close a business deal while his kids were watching the movie. Either leave your business at home or for the courtesy of others, at least leave it outside the theater. No one brings me more anger than these people just because they don't know any common courtesy or manners.

If your at the movie, you might get hungry or thirsty so its normal for people to bring in some food, most typically being popcorn. This is fine and all but don't chew so loudly that it sounds like Jurassic Park to the person next to you. Or don't sip up your drink in such a way that it makes the people around you wonder how your mother raised you. I call this person, the Slurper. Just, be chill and watch the movie. At least your not like the On My Phone Like An Idiot where you're an inconvenience to the whole theater.

Movies are a great way to get distracted from the horrors that are our personal lives. They are solace for some people, giving us a place to escape from reality. So please, don't disturb the kind movie goers who just need a break from that relentless school, job, or even family. Just give them their peace. So sit down, turn off your cellphone, and enjoy the movie.

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