3/9/2011: Tips to Improve Your Mental Health – Every Day!

The following tips may help you plan a week that leaves you feeling good, inside and out!  Repeat these for several weeks to develop a positive habit!

Day 1

Relax.  Try meditating or taking a walk in a natural setting.  Quiet reflection, alone or in the company of others, can improve your state of mind, strengthen your sense of self, and give you time away from a hectic schedule to collect your thoughts and re-energize for the week ahead.

Day 2

Make a plan.  Decide what tasks you need to complete for the week and make a plan to do them.  If you are overscheduled, decide what can wait a week or two.  If you don’t have much on your schedule, plan some activities you’ll look forward to.

Day 3

Surround yourself with supportive people.  Make plans with family and friends and reconnect with someone you’ve lost touch.  Seek out activities at which you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.

Day 4

Take care of your body.  Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health.  Be sure to eat nutritious meals, drink plenty of water, avoid cigarettes, drink alcohol only in moderation, get enough sleep and exercise regularly.  Make these a part of your daily routine.

Day 5

Give of yourself.  Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else.  You’ll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need—and it’s a great way to meet new people who share your interests and compassion.

Day 6

Broaden your horizons.  Create a change of pace or expand your interests.  Turn off the TV or computer and explore a new hobby.  You could plant a garden, plan a road-trip, try a new restaurant, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or speak another language.

Day 7

Value You.  Take stock of the qualities you like about yourself, your accomplishments, and abilities and avoid self-criticism.  Take time every day to reflect and recharge.



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