When it comes to feeling good and living longer, we mostly focus on eating healthy food and getting plenty of exercises. However, there’s another key element that’s important to your wellbeing: your mental health.

Mental health focuses on your psychological wellbeing. It includes how you’ve been feeling lately, your self-image, the quality of your closest relationships, and how well you manage and deal with changing life situations and difficulties.

Boosting your mental health will help elevate your mood, make you more resilient, and lead to a better life. Here are a few tips to follow:

Strengthen Your Social Connections

Humans are, after all, social creatures. We may dismiss it, but connecting with people keeps your mental health in check. You can stay in touch with people via phone calls and social networking but nothing beats the power of a face-to-face meet-up with people.

Stay Active More Regularly

Physical wellbeing affects mental well being. Staying active nourishes your brain, relieves stress, improves memory retention, and also helps you sleep better. So, start taking exercise more seriously.

a woman doing yoga near the sea

Do Things that Appeal to You

Does a particular song make you feel all calm and peaceful? How about walking or hiking and listening to the sound of the wind rustling the tree leaves? Figure out what appeals to your senses and calms you down and indulge in it.

Practice Mindfulness

Yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises are scientifically proven to relieve stress and make you feel more connected to yourself and the world.

Add Leisure Time to Your Life

Working all day long, every week, every month can affect our mental health negatively. Don’t forget to take breaks to relax and re-center your attention to positive things, no matter how small.

Brain Healthy Diet is Important

Foods that boost mood include fatty fish, avocados, beans, fresh fruits, leafy greens (kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts), and nuts (walnuts, peanuts, almonds, and cashews).

Get Proper Sleep

Getting proper sleep matters more than you think. If you have trouble falling asleep, turn off your screens at least an hour before sleeping. Dim the lights, create a calming atmosphere, and get ready for a good night’s sleep.

Find a Purpose

Lack of a purpose can make us feel lost and unmotivated. You can change that by doing things that make you feel better, investing in relationships and people who matter to you, caring for others as this can be very rewarding, and volunteering for a deeply enriching experience.

Heal with Nature and Landscape Photography

Boost your mental health with calming landscape photography. Healing With Imagery is a New England photography service, led by Ann Dahlgren and Douglas Foulke, that sells healing nature and landscape photography to inspire, and uplift people. You can get landscape photography services that promote healing in homes, hospitals, corporate spaces, and more. Check out our latest installations here.

Contact us today for more details.