Top 5 tips to support your mental health Top 5 tips to support your mental health

Top 5 tips to support your mental health

Nowadays, it’s become much easier to find yourself on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Just think of our routines. Get up early, think about your schedule, go to the gym, grab a coffee on the high street, read your emails, go to meetings,  more emails, pick up groceries, and so on. Just reading this may make your head spin. And yet, we do this every day. It’s time to give yourself a break and take care of your mental health. After all, you really can’t serve anyone unless you’re well yourself.

Here are five daily habits that will boost your mental health.

1. Daily exercise

Daily exercise is great for mental well-being

The benefits of daily movement are plenty, from a healthy heart to a clear mind. Studies show that exercise is great for boosting your overall health, including your mental well-being. Exercise will make you release endorphins as well. These are hormones that trigger positive feelings. And the best part is that you don’t need to slave at the gym. Simple jogging or a home-based workout will do. Get up from your desk every hour or so and try to work standing (it’s a game-changer). And walk everywhere. It is THE best exercise and it's completely free. Just get off a few stops before your office or home and walk the rest of the way.

2. Say goodbye to toxic relationships

Say goodbye to toxic relationships for your mental well-being

You can alienate yourself from people who can affect your motivation, infect you with negative thoughts and attitudes, and discourage you from living happily and in peace. No self-centeredness! After all, it's about being with positive people who add positive aspects to your life. Say goodbye to toxic relationships. It may not be easy but your future self will thank you.

3. Keep your brain active

Keep your brain active for your mental well-being

The more activity your brain has, the more you will avoid exposure and risk of neurodegenerative diseases. Every day, give your brain something beautiful to look at, something to think about and analyze, something to invent. Stimulate your creativity, discover new knowledge. You can devote a few hours a week to games like chess, reading books, writing, painting, doing crosswords, and other activities that keep your mind active.

4. Your diet gives you balance...or takes it away

Mediterranean-style diet boost your mental health

Food influences mental health. You can take care of your mental and emotional well-being through the nutrients and vitamins you provide to your body. According to the Mental Health Foundation, the Mediterranean-style diet in particular leads to a reduction in depression. This diet is rich in foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, fish, and olive oil.

5. Positive encouragement constantly

Boost your mental health with positivity

Life is best lived when you are motivated. Living with good expectations generates mental well-being. Look for stimuli that keep you positive. Quit those Instagram accounts that make you feel you're missing out, limit the amount of news you read every day and spend some time outside. Schedule in some time in nature, regardless of the weather. According to  Mind,  spending time in nature will improve your mood and reduce stress. So don’t miss a short walk through the local park and away from your phone. 

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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