February 10, 2023 by Yoga Collective

Over the past few years, the world has gone through some unforeseen changes. With that, many people have been struggling to maintain good mental health. Making time to nurture your mental health is important as it controls how you think, feel, and act as you navigate through life. If your emotional health is suffering, more than likely your relationships, self-love, and coping skills are too. 

Now that we are in a new year, it’s the perfect time to find new ways to elevate your mood and establish healthy routines. So, how do you start fresh and help decrease the stress and anxiety you’re feeling? There are many things you can do to improve your well-being. Start by making sure you are connecting with others regularly, staying active daily, nourishing your body with a healthy diet, and taking intentional steps in finding your purpose in life. Below we’ll dive deeper into these four helpful tips to improve your mental health.

Connect With Others

The importance of finding and connecting with people you trust is crucial for your emotional well-being. Whether that connection is with a friend, loved one, family member, or professional, it’s important to socialize daily. A meaningful connection does not have to be a major “heart-to-heart” moment. Grabbing dinner or a coffee with a friend or chatting on the phone with a family member can be just enough to foster the sense of community in your life. Even smaller moments with your friends and family can allow you to experience a sense of comfort and provide space for you to be vulnerable if needed. On top of actively building connections with the people in your life, you may also want to talk with a mental health professional. Taking this next step will provide you with a safe space to share the emotional distress and talk through some of the areas in your life you wish to improve. 

Having a support system around you is powerful because the support you receive from them can help you feel confident to take on anything life throws your way. Confidence is key when it comes to focusing on your mental health and creating strong connections with people who are close to you will only help boost it more. Those around you are there to support, help, and guide you toward your goals and dreams. 

Stay Active 

Staying active on a daily basis is not only important for your physical health but your mental health as well. There are many ways that you can include physical activity into your daily routine and it doesn’t have to be anything too elaborate! If you have a busy schedule you may consider an under-the-desk treadmill that you can put under your desk while you work or go for a walk on your lunch break. Fitting in time to be active doesn’t need to take up a lot of your day, but even 20 minutes can get your body moving and heart rate going. It also will give your mind some time to focus on something other than work or life and provide balance while building in some positive thoughts. 

Signing up for online classes is another great way to stay active. While many people attended classes in person before the pandemic, online classes became popular as places were shut down. You may consider taking an online yoga class that you can take wherever you are, whenever you want! If you find that you really love healing with the art of yoga, perhaps you should consider renovating a spare space or room at home into a yoga studio. 

Transforming a space in your home into a yoga or workout room can be costly, but there are ways to access home improvement funding, like a tax-deductible equity loan. This way you can receive the funding in a lump sum and use it to build out your space over time. First, figure out what equipment you will need immediately, and what can wait. Once you have that established, pick out what flooring you want and the wall color. If this is supposed to be a relaxing room, you’ll want subtle and more natural colors. Similarly for the flooring, determine what will best suit your needs.  

Eat a Healthy Diet

While staying active and focusing on participating in some kind of physical activity every day, make sure that you’re also maintaining a healthy diet. Eating healthy allows you to feel more energized, boosts your mood, and improves your immunity. All these factors can improve your mental health because they play a big role in your overall health. Having more energy will cause you to think more positively and rationally. 

A few ways you can eat a healthy and balanced diet is to remove certain foods from your daily intake. If you tend to eat processed foods like deli meats, frozen foods, or processed meats, consider replacing those with healthier options. Add more vegetables, whole grains, and organic foods to your diet. You may benefit from meal planning as this can help to organize your meals every day and give you time to research what is better for you. 

Maintaining a healthy diet can cause you to think more clearly as you are putting nutritious foods into your body. Clean eating can positively affect your brain, so eating “brain food” will keep all of your levels balanced. 

Find Your Purpose 

Having a positive attitude can not only affect your overall mood but can decrease any anxiety you may be experiencing. Find things that bring you happiness and tie those into your everyday routine. One way to start your day off on the right foot is to say affirmations out loud. Affirmations can adjust your attitude and outlook causing a shift in your mental health and helping you to understand your overall purpose.

Another way to find your purpose is to invest your time in a job that you love! Working takes up a big portion of your time, so working somewhere you actually enjoy can be extremely rewarding and beneficial to your mental health. You will always experience some sort of stress while working, but finding something that doesn’t cause any negativity or too much stress is in your best interest. You want to feel appreciated and understood. Work for a place that cares for its employees and offers excellent benefits. If you find yourself struggling with your job, it may be time for a fresh start. 

As 2023 starts to quickly pass by, ensure that you’re making your mental health a priority. Connecting with others, staying active, eating healthy, and finding your purpose are all ways you can improve your overall health. Be open and honest with yourself as this will help you to understand what adjustments you need to make and what can help you improve your mental health over time.