Lifestyle Changes to Improve Mental Health
Mental health is just as, if not more, important than physical health. We usually focus on physical health at Bulu Box, but many of our products also benefit mental health. In this blog post, we will open a conversation about mental health and how little changes make a big difference.
Changing your Diet
Things like caffeine, excess sugar, and alcohol negatively impact mental health. Try swapping sugary, caffeinated drinks for an energizing tea. Eating breakfast also plays a significant role in your mood for the day. Taking time to eat a balanced breakfast will give your body the fuel it needs for the day. Try to load your breakfast with protein and healthy fats. Who doesn’t want to start their day with some eggs and avocado, right? Another simple diet change is incorporating different mind boosting nutrients. For example, look for supplements with Folate, Vitamin D, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Getting up and moving is a powerful way to battle mental health issues you may be facing. Exercising can help rid symptoms of depression by promoting changes in the brain. These changes include reduced inflammation, neural growth, and creating new activity patterns. Something as simple as going for a daily walk around the neighborhood can release endorphins to help you feel good. Plus, exercising is an excellent distraction of anything else going on in your life. Think of it as a mini vacation from your daily life.
Along with exercising, going outdoors gives you a much needed mental break. Being outside turns on different parts of your brain, which slow your heart rate and reduce blood pressure. If you have a stressful day at work, consider taking your lunch break outdoors. If you’re looking for more outdoor activities to incorporate in your life, check out our recent blog post here.
Catch your Zzz’s
Poor sleeping habits increase your chances of developing or worsening a mental health problem. Try to incorporate a sleeping schedule in your life. Going to bed and waking up at the same time help your brain regulate your activity. Your bed should be a place for relaxation, don’t finish up work or complete stressful tasks like paying bills in bed. If you find it hard to quiet your mind before you fall asleep, we have loads of helpful sleep products here.
Help your Community
Sometimes getting out of the house seems like a daunting task, try volunteering in your community. Reaching out and helping others gives you a sense of worth and opens your perspective to other’s lives. You might even make new friends while volunteering.
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Try closing your eyes and focusing on one sensation, like your breathing. When different thoughts arrive, don’t act on them. Simply acknowledge they exist. Meditation and mindfulness can reduce stress, increase relaxation, and improve self-awareness. There are great online resources and apps about meditation and mindfulness if this is something that interests you.
Connect with Friends
Mental health issues can lead to a feeling of isolation. Don’t let these negative thoughts get to you. Making new friends and keeping old ones can be difficult. Reach out to an old friend and meet for lunch. Call up a family member and have a chat. Try inviting your coworkers out to coffee. These people might even be feeling negative, and you could be helping them improve their mental health too!
Disconnect from Technology
All day we look at screens. There is a constant stream of news, good or bad, coming at us. Take the time to detox yourself from technology. Pick up a book and head outdoors before bed instead of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook. Social media can contribute to mental health issues because people compare themselves to others. Put the phone down and appreciate your individuality.
If you are dealing with mental health problems, you should never feel alone. If you or someone you love is dealing with suicidal thoughts or actions, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.