Nowadays, it has become more important than ever to pay attention to your mental wellness. Resolutions are a great way for you to set yourself up for success.
Here are the best resolutions to improve your mental health:
1. Cut Back on Alcohol
Drinking is always a common scenario during the holidays. Unfortunately, drinking alcohol is bad for not only your physical health but even your mental health.
Alcohol is a depressant that can harm your mood and even increase your stress and anxiety levels. Cutting back on or completely giving up alcohol can save you money, boost your mood, and help you enjoy better sleep.
2. Exercise More
Increase the happy hormones and endorphins in your brain by exercising more. Regular exercise can improve your sense of well-being and your mood at the same time.
It doesn’t mean you need to sign up for a gym membership, though. Even a few small positive changes can already make a big difference. Try to go for a swim several times a week or plan to go for a run or walk every morning.
3. Sleep Earlier
Going to bed earlier can help you feel rested and rejuvenated the next day. This can do wonders for your mental health because a lack of sleep can only heighten irritability and anxiety.
To make things better, make it a point to turn off your phone one hour before sleeping and don’t binge-watch on Netflix. Use this time to just relax in your bed free from distractions. Establish a relaxing, regular bedtime routine to unwind and send a signal to your brain that it is time to sleep.
4. Limit Your Social Media Time
Everyone has been spending long hours on social media. Sadly, social media’s negative effect on mental health has also become more evident.
If you want to improve your mental health, try to limit the time you spend on social media or, better yet, eliminate it completely from your life.
Social media heightens anxiety levels because you feel like you need to keep up with other people’s activities. It will be healthier for you to step back from the false sense of reality that social media creates.
5. Begin to Practice Self-Care
There are many forms of self-care that you can try this coming year. It could be a nice, long bubble bath with relaxing music and a lit candle. It could be munching on your favorite chocolate, watching a comedy movie, or putting on a face mask.
However, there is more to self-care than just pampering. You can also read a book, go for a run, meditate, or learn to say things that you don’t even like.
6. Develop Your Trustworthiness
Lonely people and those who suffer from mental health issues like anxiety and depression often isolate themselves from family and friends. Don’t hesitate to seek support every time you are having a hard time. Be more trusting of others, and you will be surprised at how many people will be there for you and love you despite anything.
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