Life can be challenging when mental health problems come knocking. Just getting through the day is a struggle. You’re surviving, not thriving.
But while life might be challenging, there are ways to get through it. In this post, we take a look at some of the little things you can do every day to feel better and get on with your life.
Grab A Handful Of Walnuts
Nobody feels good eating junk all the time. Evidence suggests that it causes inflammation in the brain, making you feel grouchy and bad.
Fortunately, eating walnuts and other anti inflammatory foods seems to help. Just a handful of walnuts in the morning could set you up for feeling better during the day.
Say Thank You For Someone
When you feel bad, it’s hard to feel grateful for anything. But even if your situation feels dire, practicing gratitude can help tremendously. When you engage in the discipline, it changes the structure of your thoughts. All of a sudden, the world doesn’t seem quite as bad as you realize that there are good things in your life. It’s hard to feel grateful and depressed at the same time.
Organize Your Life
When we feel bad, we tend to let things go. We give up on decluttering and our rooms, cars, and even computers all become a mess.
Failing to organize your life, though, can worsen your well-being. It constantly reminds you that you’re not in control of your environment, and that can affect you deeply.
Take some time out to organize your life. Spend a day just working on arranging your external circumstances so that they are friendlier and healthier for you.
Do Something For Someone Else
Focusing on yourself all the time is not a good idea. When you concentrate on your own problems, you tend to go deeper and deeper into a negative spiral. But when you focus your energies on someone or something outside of yourself, you change the dynamic.
Look for ways to help people in your life. Seek out opportunities to do some good in the world. Grab onto things that give your life meaning and help you escape constant inner dialogue. Find an activity that fully engages your mind.
Ride Your Bicycle
Most adults associate riding a bicycle with kids, but it is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your mental health. The exercise plus being outdoors and having the wind in your hair can make you feel better. Plus, if you go to the right places, you can experience joy and beauty at the same time.
Do Something That Takes You Away From It All
Lastly, you can practice a little escapism from time to time, so long as you’re working on the underlying issues. Playing a video game on a Friday night is a great way to unwind after a busy week and just enjoy yourself. The great thing about games is that you can get totally lost in the action. You don’t have to think about anything else.