7 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

We all get moody sometimes - anxious, depressed, fatigued. Here are some tips for getting out of such funks, and reducing your vulnerability to them in the future.

BY: Danielle Hark

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We all get moody sometimes - anxious, depressed, fatigued. Here are some tips for getting out of such funks, and reducing your vulnerability to them in the future.

Be Around Positive People – Being around people who are negative or self-centered can drain you of energy and bring down your mood. Surrounding yourself with positive and supportive family and friends can help boost your mood. Plus, hugging a loved one has been proven to release the brain chemical Oxytocin, which reduces anxiety and improves memory.

Take Care of Your Body – Eat well. Avoid cigarettes, alcohol, and recreational drugs. See doctors as needed, and follow their instructions. A healthy body supports a healthy mind.

Activity – Exercising or at least moving your body can help lower depression and anxiety. Exercise releases chemicals in your brain that help you feel better. Try taking a walk, playing sports, hula hooping with your kids, or gardening. There are so many ways to get active, find one that you enjoy and move with it.

Help Other People – Helping people in need not only helps those you are assisting, but it helps you too. It is a reminder of your ability to accomplish great things and gives you a feeling of satisfaction. It’s also a great way to connect with other people.

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