As the weather gets warmer, many are thinking about what fun things they can do to enjoy themselves. While that is fine and dandy 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 daily, so why not try getting rid of them? If you know where to look, there are many ways to improve one’s mental health this summer. Read these 5 Tips to Improve Your Mental Health This Summer if you think your mental state could use some work!
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 will happen later. So why shouldn’t you get a head start? The first thing we recommend doing in the morning is drinking water because, well… science. After that, we recommend eating breakfast. There are plenty of healthy options for 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 refreshing! Do whatever makes you happy in your morning routine; 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 to feel good every 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 an 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 staying in shape is just as important as ever. Exercising has many benefits, such as feeling better about yourself, having more energy throughout the day, etc. That last one is especially important for those who work sedentary jobs or drive everywhere because exercise can 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 train for an event seriously. It does not take much time out of your schedule either: twenty to thirty minutes should be fine! Anything works out, whether you want to run, lift weights, or play basketball.
4. Rediscover Your Passion
This next tip is more difficult to explain in a paragraph, but we tried our best! Sometimes people lose their passion for different things, making them unhappy with where they are. 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 before anything else in life. It doesn’t have to be a lifelong passion; maybe you just enjoyed playing chess, and now you’re looking for another way.
5. Improve Your Relationship with Those Around You
There is always room for improvement regarding your interpersonal relationships, such as those with friends and family. 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 we can better face our problems instead of running away from them, so talk to the people around you and try to improve yourself! Some good ways to improve your relationship with others involve listening and not talking constantly (we know this one is hard). We recommend everyone take a step back and see what they can change to better themselves.