Adulting can stressful. You’ve got bills to pay, priorities to manage, and relationships to navigate.
Add on top of that, you have your nasty mean girl telling you that you’re not good enough for the life you deeply crave (or are just overwhelmed with figuring out how to create it!).
Fighting through impostor syndrome, comparisonitis, expectation hangover, and overwhelm can be draining. We all experience stress and overwhelm from time to time, so it can be valuable to learn how to boost our mental health and lessen the emotional strain that we occasionally face.
Restoring your mental health can not only help recharge yourself both physically and mentally, but can also be quite simple. By having a few strategies in your back pocket, you can quickly boost your mental well-being without putting in much work.
Here are 10 WELLTHY ways to boost your mental health:
1) Set Some Time to Relax and Watch Netflix
I don’t think you need an excuse to binge watch your fave Netflix show but here is your opportunity to do it guilt-free.
Be intentional about it though. This is not an excuse to procrastinate on your to-do list. Rather. it is an opportunity to relax and unwind. Try to choose a show that lets your mind let go of your daily worries. Maybe you gravitate towards reality TV (cue the Bachelor) or maybe dramas like This Is Us is more your jam. Whatever show helps you relax and de-stress will be key for a mental health boost!
2) Make a To-Do List of Everything You Need to Get Done
So if the thought of making a to-do list stresses you out, then the more reason you need to do it! Why? Because you want to be able to tackle some of those to-do items so they are less of a worry.
Once you have a list of every item you want to get done. Narrow it down to 3-5 “need to-dos” and start doing them. Start with the items that you can quickly get done and then move onto the more challenging or more time consuming items.
Productivity can boost confidence levels because it feels good to get things done. Working on our to-do list helps us feel accomplished so be a goal-getter and get things done (you will thank me later).
3) Declutter Your Life
Every lover of Marie Kondo knows that if something doesn’t spark joy then it doesn’t belong in your life. If there is something in your life that leaves you feeling drained or uninspired then throw it away.
This does not just need to be applied to physical items (although it’s a good starting point). Start applying it to relationships and activities as well. Have a friend that just complains whenever you’re around her? Start spending less time with her (or cut her out of your life completely). Work in a job that leaves you miserable? Start envisioning the work environment that you would love to work in and slowly make actions that will move you closer.
You don’t need to declutter everything all at once. Focus on the “biggest problem” first. What gives you most anxiety? What area interferes with your focus or well-being the most? Focus on whatever area that is and you will slowly feel more ease and calmness in your life.
Sometimes the positive emotional effects that decluttering can create can be instant. Other times, it may take a while to fully declutter and remove the dirt from your life. If this mental health tool doesn’t instantly give you the needed boost, be patient and continue with it.
4) Seek Social Connection
There is no better way to boost your mental health then by seeking social connection. Your tribe can lift you up and give you that much needed endorphins surge – this means you get a boost of what’s known as the feel-good hormone.
Instead of isolating yourself, call up a friend and reach out. Instead of working from home, bring your work to a coffee shop. Surround yourself with people and take the time to connect.
Social connection is key to reducing the effects of depression and anxiety so make sure that you are prioritizing it!
5) Get Your Sweat On
Exercise is the perfect prescription for a little pick-me-up. Just like social connection, exercise creates a boost of endorphins, instantly improving your mood. It may feel like a struggle when starting any workout but once you are done, you will be glad you did it!
Exercise is a great stress reliever. Had a rough day at work? Exercise is perfect for blowing off some steam and bringing down your stress levels. By helping you manage both physical and mental strain, exercise helps improve both your body and mind. Over time, exercise will allow you to feel stronger and more empowered – helping you create some bad a** confidence. So go ahead and get your sweat on and find whichever workout is best for you!
6) Plan a Vacay
I know you have major travel goals so why not start planning your next vacay!
Sometimes planning the trip can be just as exciting (if not more) than going on the trip itself. Seek out Pinterest and find new travel destinations. Let your inspiration and excitement take over and enjoy the process on vacation planning.
Maybe you don’t quite have the funds at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan your “someday” trip. It can also force you to make that “someday” trip into a “one-day” trip that’s hopefully soon.
What are some of your bucket list travel spots? Have a trip coming up? Look up any must-sees that interest you.
Vacay planning is a great way to boost your motivation and happiness. Knowing you have a vacation to plan, and a trip to look forward to, can be a sure way to help you improve your mood (because who doesn’t like having the travel bug).
7) Spend Time Outdoors
Fresh air soothes the soul. Spending time outdoors may be just what you need to improve your mental health, and can do wonders for your mood. Take a walk outside and spend time outdoors to really take in what nature can offer you.
Take it one step further and bring in nature to your home environment. Adding plants and earthy tones to your home can bring a sense of calmness into your life, and can be a great substitute if weather prevents you from going outside.
8) Develop a Morning Routine
How you start your morning can be a great indicator to how you start your day. The most successful people have a morning routine that works for them. Whether it be with journaling, meditating, exercising, or starting of your day with your favorite jams, having a morning routine is a great tool to add to your life.
9) Change Your Self-Talk
Girl, your words can make or break your mental health. The words that you tell yourself can be a key determinant to how you may feel. Your thoughts are often on replay, so you need to make sure that your mental mix-tape is only blasting positive tunes.
If you’re telling yourself that you are “ugly”, “not good enough”, “stupid” or “worthless” then it’s no wonder that you are feeling down. Instead, shake it up and tell yourself empowering words of encouragement. You got this girl, you just need to believe it!
Once you start thinking WELLTHY thoughts, your confidence and mood will follow suit.
10) Make a Gratitude List
Gratitude is linked to happiness. Studies show that happy people practice gratitude and focus on the positive. If you are having an off day or are just feeling down, write down 10 things that you are grateful for.
To have the greatest impact, practice gratitude daily. Really focus on what you are grateful and why. To make you fully realize how lucky you are, imagine your life without the things that make you feel grateful. Let your gratitude engulf you. You will be amazed at how gratitude can positively change your mindset and mental health.