As the weather gets warmer, many are thinking about what fun things they can do to enjoy themselves. While that is fine and dandy every now and then, it’s important that you don’t forget about your mental health. Mental health problems are something that millions of people deal with on a daily basis, so why not try getting rid of them? There are many ways to improve one’s mental health this summer if you know where to look. If you think your mental state could use some work, read these tips!
1. Establish A Morning Routine
For years we have recommended establishing a morning routine for those who want to have productive days. We stand by this advice because mornings are crucial to success in life. When you get up and start your day, you set the tone for what is going to happen later that day. So why shouldn’t you get a head start? The first thing we recommend doing in the morning is drinking a glass of water because, well… science. After that, we recommend eating breakfast. There are plenty of healthy options when it comes to breakfast so you’re bound to find one that works for you!
Afterward, we recommend that everyone go outside for about fifteen minutes just to feel the sun on their skin and watch the birds fly through the sky. It’s really refreshing! Just do whatever makes you happy in your morning routine time; it’s all up to you. Maybe you want another cup of coffee in the morning or perhaps you’d rather read a book. Either way, we recommend that you develop a routine for yourself so you can feel good every single morning!
2. Improve Your Diet
If there’s one thing that could help improve your mental health this summer, it is improving your diet. We’re not telling you to go on some sort of extreme diet or anything like that; we just want you to eat the right foods! There are plenty of things that I recommend eating such as fruits and vegetables because they provide the body with the necessary vitamins to survive. On top of those two things, we also recommend drinking green tea because it has well… science behind it too! If none of these foods work for you, don’t worry about it. Try finding something else that you like and go with that.
3. Exercise More Often
You’ve probably heard this a million times but it’s just as important as ever to stay in shape. There are so many benefits to exercising such as feeling better about yourself, having more energy throughout the day, etc. That last one is especially important for those people who work sedentary jobs or drive everywhere because exercise can really change that! We recommend everyone at least do some kind of physical activity each week; we call it active rest days because not everyone needs to seriously train for an event. It does not take much time out of your schedule either: twenty to thirty minutes should be fine! Whether you want to run, lift weights, or play basketball, anything works out.
4. Rediscover Your Passion
This next tip is a little more difficult to explain in a paragraph or two, but we tried our best! Sometimes people lose their passion for different things in life and this can lead to them being unhappy with where they are in life. For example, maybe you used to love writing in high school so you always wanted to be a writer when you got older. You still want to write now but the problem is that it’s much harder than it was back then so perhaps your passion has faded away from writing. We recommend everyone look into what they once loved doing because there might be another way to do it! Doing what makes you happy should always come first before anything else in life anyways. It doesn’t even have to be a lifelong passion; maybe you just really enjoyed playing chess and now you’re looking for another way to do that.
5. Improve Your Relationship with Those Around You
There is always room for improvement when it comes to your interpersonal relationships, such as those with your friends and family members. If there’s something about them that bothers you or if they bring you down in any way, we recommend having a conversation about it with them. Maybe all of us can be better at facing our problems instead of running away from them so talk to the people around you and try to improve yourself! Some good ways of improving your relationship with others involve actually listening and not talking constantly (we know this one is hard). We recommend everyone takes a step back and tries to see what things they can change in order to better themselves.