How To Improve Mental Health: 30 Epic Ways

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Improve Your Mental Health

Mental Health day is fast approaching and with all the uproar about the Coronavirus pandemic, we need all the tips to boost mental health.

We don't need to wait for world mental health day before we remember that taking care of our mental health is paramount.

I shared a story of a personal encounter I had about the importance of guiding our mental health and also about 10 facts you need to know about mental health.

Did you give it a read? If you did, the you would have read that 800 people commit suicide every year and that suicide is the leading cause of death among persons between the ages of 15 and 29.

Mental disorders plays a huge role in these statistics.

This is just so appalling.

All the statistics are daunting. All 10 facts about mental health are so daunting that you either give up on taking care of your mental well-being or you make up your mind by taking care and incorporating tips to boost mental health into your daily life.

Now, what is mental health?

What Is Mental Health?

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Mental Well-being

Mental health or mental well-being is the sum total of our emotional, psychological and social well-being.

It is how we think.

How we feel.

It is how we act.

Our mental well-being determines how we handle stress, relate to others and make life choices.

It is important at every stage of our lives. From childhood to adulting, the importance of mental health cannot be over-emphasized.

Over-emphasized seem to be my most favorite word on the blog!

Who else has noticed?

Anyways, my mental health took a down turn since last year after I lost my younger sister. She died two weeks after childbirth.

It is an harrowing experience that I and my family has been unable to recover from. She was like my best friend. The one I tell things I don't tell anyone else.

I have several blog posts in several stages of completion since her death. I just can't seem to write.

The blog has been surviving on sponsored posts.

I keep to myself, don't go out. Hardly take calls nor chat with people except a few persons

I knew I had to do something about my mental wellbeing and I went prowling on the web and these are some of the things I found, I want to share with you all because we are on the self-improvement journey together!

But first

Types Of Mental Illness

To fully understand mental well-being and how to improve it, you need to have a clear understanding of the types of mental illnesses.

That way, you know what tips and ways to boost and improve your mental wellness.

There are different types of mental illnesses. If you remember, mental health comprises of our emotional, psychological and social well-being.

The types or categories of mental illness usually encompasses these 3 key aforementioned aspects of our lives.

Main groups of mental health disorders or illnesses include the following

Mood Disorders

This includes depression and bipolar disorder. I suffer from mood swings at times but I haven't been diagnosed as depressed and/or having bipolar disorder.

Adulting is hard enough.

Anxiety Disorders

This is common and very worrying mental illness and a lot of work need to be done as regards this

Personality Disorders

Personality is the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. Our personalities are shaped by our experiences (from life), environment (surroundings, where we grew up, where we live) as well as characteristics we inherited.

A personality disorder is then a person's way of thinking, feeling, behaving that are not aligned with normal culture and deviates from ''right norms''

There are 10 kinds of personality disorders and they include:

  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Avoidant personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder

For more detailed understanding of personality disorders, check here

Psychotic Disorders

This type of mental disorder makes it difficult for persons to think clearly, make good judgement, respond adequately emotionally, communicate properly, understand reality and behave appropriately.

The most common type of psychotic disorder is schizophrenia. others include include, substance-induced psychotic disorder, Paraphrenia.

Eating Disorders

As the implies, these are mental illness caused by eating disorders. Anorexia, Bulimia, binge eating, Pica are all examples of eating disorders.

Trauma Related Disorders

These are post traumatic stress disorders aka PTSD.

This happens to persons who have have gone through very harrowing and traumatic life experiences.

A good example of people who suffer from PTSD would be soldiers.

Substance Abuse Disorders

These are of course caused by substance abuse.

Causes of Mental Illness

Mental illnesses do not just ''wade'' in our lives. They are caused by a combination of various factors.

These include

  • Hereditary Factors: The risk of having a mental health illness increases when you have one or more family members who have suffered a particular illness. This is however not always a given.
  • Personality Traits: If you are the type who suffers from the ''perfectionism syndrome'' and/or have low self esteem, your risk of suffering from mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety attacks is greatly increased.
  • Substance & Drug Abuse: It is a known fact that people who abuse substances such as heroine, cocaine and the rest are susceptible to mental illnesses.
  • Life Experiences: Our life experiences are a percusor of mental illnesses. An adult who was sexually abused as a child is bound to suffer some sort of mental illness if not properly treated.
  • Trauma: A soldier who loses a limb in the war front and/or witnessed the deaths of his team mates will likely suffer PTSD.
  • Stress: Stress raises our cortisol levels and this triggers a lot of negativity in our body. Anxiety, depression are common mental illnesses associated with stress.
  • Biological Factors: Such as hormonal changes may lead to mental illness.

Symptoms of Mental Illness

Now, how do we identify symptoms?

How do me know we are sliding down the drain?

How do we figure out that the mental well-being of our loved ones are not at par so we can suggest tips to boost mental health to them?

For us to be able to utilize ways of improving our mental health, we need to know the symptoms of mental illness

That way, we become more prepared and armed with what we need to tackle it.

Here are some symptoms of mental illness

  • Hearing voices in our heads
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • lack of sleep
  • Excessive sleep
  • withdrawal from people
  • Increased Irritability for no justifiable reason
  • Drug use and abuse
  • Lack of motivation/loss of zeal for anything
  • Poor concentration levels
  • Hallucinations
  • Unusual and illogical thoughts
  • Unusual and unexplained anger
  • suicidal thoughts
  • Poor or lack of personal hygiene
  • Becoming unusually obsessed with topics such as death, religion etc
  • Under-performance at work and school
  • Decreased and/or increased appetite

31 Epic Ways To Boost and Improve Your Mental Health

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Mental Well-being Should Be On Top Of Our Self Care Routine

Now, on to the big show, girls!

31 epic tips to boost mental health!

And here they are:

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1. Start Your Day With Coffee

Recent studies on mice have shown that taking a cup of coffee right off in the morning, not only improves your productivity, it also eases anxiety.

Do not over do!

2. Boost Your Mental Health By Having Dates With Nature

Take more nature walks, view and appreciate God's natural creation. Absorb yourself in the beautiful scenery around you, take walks in the beach if you have one near you and be calmed by the soothing lapping sounds of the waves

3. Build On Your Strengths and Weaknesses

When you build on your strengths and work on your weaknesses, you build low self-esteem and this, in turn, boosts your self-confidence

An improved self-esteem is an improved mental well-being

4. Use Affirmations To Boost Mental Health

Affirmations have worked for me just as I know they are working for people who are using them. They are power mantras and using them daily is a surefire tip to boost mental health

If you are looking for affirmations here are 101 Affirmations To Live and Have a Superb Life

5. Be Positive

I tell you this is not easy. Not easy but it is doable.

I remember during the New year cross-over service, I was with my two sisters and when we heralded in the new year, it was with mixed feelings.

Knowing that one of us is no more and being happy that we made it to another year was and is a feeling I wouldn't want to wish on anyone

So keeping positivism and being positive when life throws us a curve is hard but to protect our mental health and function optimally, we have to be positive that things can only get better.

6. Start A Journal

If you are yet to join the journal bandwagon, now is a good time to start if you are looking to take care of your mental welbeing.

Pinterest is a great place to get ideas from and my journal board has some great prompts to get you started!

Just so you know..

I am starting a journal section in the blog soon!

7. Incorporate Exercise In Your Daily Routine

Exercises have been known to reduce stress and improve overall health and this is good news for your mental well-being!

8. Make Taking One Step At A Time, Your Motto

Do not be overwhelmed by the entire ''staircase''. Just focus on the first step and go it one at a time.

Instead of overthinking about the entire staircase which is life.

Do not take on more than you can chew at a time, girl!

9. Take An Entire Weekend Off

Yes, girl!

Take an entire weekend to yourself. Go someplace.

A beach resort. Camping.

Whatever. Just take a weekend off and look after yourself.

Take it cool. Relax and come back refreshed!

10. Have a Night Out With The Girls

This is bound to ease the tension. Gossip away with the girls.

Eat some good food.

Listen to some great music.

And repeat.

11. Have A Dark Chocolate To Boost Mental Health

Dark chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants and minerals.

Some research suggest that it may improve brain function and this is beneficial for our mental well-being.

12. Practice Gratitude

It is always easy to focus on the things we are yet to achieve and the things we do not have.

It is easy to always feel that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

This brings too much worry and may increase depression and anxiety.

Life, however, has thought me it is not so because the very people you think have it all are actually looking at you and wishing they had something you have.

So practice gratitude more. Be thankful for the things you have while you work towards achieving and getting those you don't have.

This heralds in more blessings. That is the law of attraction and manifestation.

13. Indulge In Warm Baths

Yes to this!

Although I am ''cold blooded'' like family refers to me because even in the coldest weather conditions, I still bath cold water.

But I have discovered that bathing with warm water every once in a while when I am stressed, helps greatly in destressing and calming my nerves.

Throw in some salt and essential oils and voila, you are good to go, girl.

So indulge yourself. Soak up in warm water at least once a week.

It will greatly boost your mental health.

14. Soak Up The Morning Sun As Often As Possible

It is said that vitamin D which is gotten from early morning sunshine, elevates one's mood greatly.

Feeling down? Then go out and soak up the early morning sun to elevate your mood and improve your mental health!

15. Always Look For The Silver Lining

Life as I said in a beautiful reflection I wrote, is a Beautiful Chaos

We will always be thrown curves we least expected.

We will experience things we wish we didn't.

But the flow of life, will always be so and that is why we should try to see the silver lining in everything.

It is not really a bad life. Life is dynamic not static.

16. Do Intermittent Digital Detox

Some weekends, I put off my phones.

Leave the emails and social media. It can be exhilarating and I would love to do this more often.

You should try it too, darling.

17. Have A Go-To Playlist

If you don't have a playlist on your phone, this would be a great time to have some!

Music speaks to the soul. Well, the good ones, that is!

Create a great playlist of songs that are calming to you and listen to them often.

If you are looking for great playlist ideas, head on to Pinterest

18. Don't Over Think Your Mistakes

We are humans and are bound to make mistakes. Dwelling on our mistakes however, negatively affects our mental health.

This is one of the best tips to boost mental health.

Do not belabor your mistakes, girl.

Just look at them and learn.

19. Dance, Dance & Dance Some More!

The whole of 2018 is a year I will never forget!

I was in a dark place and had fell out of love with my job which by the way was the only thing I had going for me!

It was hellish and my mental health took a bashing!

When I wake up in the morning and remember I had to go to work, it would be like I was being tortured, mentally.

And then in the evenings after close from work, I would dance and dance after having dinner.

This may sound funny and cliche but that saved me and gave me the needed push to still do the job and helped my mental health.

December, 2018, I summoned courage and resigned the job and my mental health thanked me for it!

Girl, it doesn't matter if you can step or not. Just dance and release those toxins.

Your mental health will thank you for it!

20. Learn To Write Down Your Feelings & Emotions

When you write down your thoughts, feelings and emotions, it becomes easier to put them in perspective.

This helps you identify the root cause of any negativity you might be feeling

The problem is already half solved.

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21. Learn How To Deal With Stress

The only way to deal with stress is to identify the stressors in your life. A notebook will help with this. When you are stressed, try to identify the root cause, note it down and then find a way to eliminate the stressor.

Here are 11 Ways To Overcome Stress

22. Surround Yourself With Good People

Nothing is greater than having people you can totally relate with on a deep level.

People you can pour your heart to and tell your fears.

Surround yourself with these sort of people. It is beneficial to your mental well-being

23. Always Set Realistic Goals

Much of the reason why our mental health take a bashing is because we tend to set unrealistic goals and when we don't achieve them, we over worry, beat ourselves up, get stressed, suffer anxiety and then become depressed.

Setting realistic goals, short term and long term goals will ensure we achieve them and that benefits our mental well-being

Check out How To Set SMART Goals And Achieve Them

24. Avoid Alcohol And Hard Drugs

This is no brainer!

If you must have great and improved mental health, then avoid excessive alcohol and hard drugs.

I wrote about my views on alcohol and drugs in a 30 Blog Challenge. You can read it here.

25. Boost Your Mental Health By Valuing Yourself

Yes, darling. Value yourself!

You don't need validation about whom you are from family or friends.

Know your truth, know your worth. Develop a great sense of self-worth.

That way, your mental health doesn't take a bashing when people let you down or say untrue things about you!

6 More Tips To Improve Your Mental Health

26. Meditation|Mindfulness|Prayers

The efficacy of practicing Mindfulness and Meditation for improved mental health is so great, you are missing out big time if you aren't already utilizing these two great ''tools''

Meditate, be more mindful and pray (if you are the spiritual type).

It will benefit your mental health.

27. Be Involved In Some Volunteer Work

Give yourself to volunteering. Helping people, giving your time, expertise, money, connections to one cause or two is a great way for keeping your mental well-being at an optimum.

You find purpose in doing these things and this in turn, benefits your mental health.

28. Eat Mood Enhancing Foods

We have already established that when a good mood is beneficial to our mental wellness.

Omega 3s, avocados, flax seeds, beans, leafy greens such as sprout, kale, spinach, blueberries to mention are all mood enhancing foods.

Go on and fill your fridge!

29. Don't Ever Skimp On Sleep!

Never, ever skimp on sleep.

We need a minimum of 8 hours sleep.

Do not skimp on that.

We cannot cheat nature.

30. Start Now!

Like I earlier mentioned, do not wait till the World Mental Health day to be reminded that you need to guard and take care of your mental health.

Start now! Start today!

Commit to taking care of your mental health and begin the journey right this moment.

We all have only one life.

31. Know When To Seek Professional Help!

After all said and done, you should know when to seek professional help.

Do not feel bad about seeking professional help for any mental illness/disorders that you may be having.

There is no shame in it, girl.

A stitch in time, saves nine.

So there you have it, 31 tips to boost mental health. Let's swap more tips in comment section.

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Hi, my name is Jennifer. I am an Engineer by day and a blogger 24/7. I am passionate about Self Improvement & Productivity and this blog is dedicated to that passion! I hope you find it worthwhile each time you visit! If you do find anything helpful on here, kindly share because sharing is caring!

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29 Comments

  1. June 16, 2020 / 5:36 pm

    I have a few coworkers who are affected so badly mentally by what’s happening. It’s scary to hear them say that sometimes they just wanna end things. We all need to be supportive, mindful, and to constantly educate ourselves about this.

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  2. June 13, 2020 / 11:45 am

    Wow, these 30 ways will surely be of great help! With the strike of this virus, a lot of people’s mental health are slowly getting compromised.

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    • June 13, 2020 / 11:50 am

      We all need all the tips, hacks we can get to protect our health during this pandemic!

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  3. Arun
    June 13, 2020 / 11:34 am

    Thank you so much for these great tips. I have been diagnosed with bpd, PTSD and depression. I have been trying most of the tips and they certainly make a difference.

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    • June 13, 2020 / 11:46 am

      Oh, so sorry to hear about that, Arun! I believe diagnosis means half of the problem has been solved. You will be fine! Sending light and love!

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  4. June 12, 2020 / 11:24 pm

    Such a helpful post! I already do many of these, so sounds like I’m doing a good job!

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  5. June 12, 2020 / 11:14 pm

    All of this is so important to remember.

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  6. June 12, 2020 / 8:45 pm

    I agree that we shouldn’t wait until mental health awareness month to have self-care moments or check on loves ones. Very informative post.

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    • June 12, 2020 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you for joining the conversation on mental health!

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  7. June 12, 2020 / 7:41 pm

    We should always prioritize our mental health. Issues can arise that can seep through every aspect of our lives.

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    • June 12, 2020 / 8:06 pm

      Absolutely right, Jon! Thanks for joining the conversation.

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  8. June 12, 2020 / 6:40 pm

    Well..totally agree with your ideas and tips..these are very helpful tips for boosting mental health…loved them..Thanks for sharing them….🙂

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  9. June 12, 2020 / 3:57 pm

    Mental health is in many ways more important than physical health. All of these ideas are great ways to improve mental health.

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  10. June 12, 2020 / 1:10 pm

    It is so important to make sure that you have a good mental health during this days. Thank you for sharing this article.

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  11. June 12, 2020 / 10:31 am

    It’s SO important right now to take care of yourself. Difficult for even the most well-balanced person. Great ideas here.

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    • June 12, 2020 / 10:35 am

      Yeah, it is easier said than done but we try our best. Most especially during this difficult times of a global pandemic!

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  12. June 12, 2020 / 9:34 am

    This is a VERY useful set of tips on mental wellness! We all often take it so lightly because of how intangible it is, but thank you for sharing this and reaffirming its importance.

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    • June 12, 2020 / 10:27 am

      Thanks, Shishira for joining the conversation! Yes, we often take our mental wellbeing lightly and that is what leads to mental illnesses!

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  13. June 12, 2020 / 5:05 am

    I absolutely agree with these tips! Mental health is very important and should be taken care of at all times.

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    • June 12, 2020 / 10:30 am

      Absolutely right! Thanks for joining the conversation!

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      • June 13, 2020 / 6:41 am

        I do have mood swings sometimes,when I was younger it was worse,sometimes I would wake up and not want to talk to anyone,or not want to eat.it has improve over the years, I’m no longer moody but I do get upset easily,when I’m upside people think I’m being moody.like duh I’m just upset.
        I also develop social anxiety time to time.
        But I never considered them to be a mental health.guess it’s time I check myself.

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        • June 13, 2020 / 11:48 am

          I too get these mood swings but I am getting better at handling them. Yes, it is a good idea to check yourself. I hope these tips will be helpful. And, please find someone to talk. Sending light and love!

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  14. June 11, 2020 / 9:43 pm

    These are awesome and comprehensive tips to boost mental health. I’m sure everyone can find something here to help. Thanks!

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    • June 12, 2020 / 10:32 am

      Thanks, Ngozi! Always a pleasure seeing your comments here!

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