We all want to be happy. No matter how much money you have or how hectic your social agenda is, it will all seem pointless if you don’t go to bed with a smile on your face. Of course, it is unlikely you will spend every second of every day in a constant state of bliss (if you do, please tell us your secret), but there are ways to make yourself feel happier.
Today, mental health is a more prominent issue than ever before and it is just as important that we keep our minds in good shape as we do our bodies. So, without further ado, here are five ways to keep your mental health on top form.
Do Something Good
I cannot over-emphasise how good being good makes you feel. You don’t even need to become the next Mother Theresa to get the high. Helping someone carry their bags; volunteering once a week with a local charity; or even just sitting with your elderly neighbour for a few hours and chatting are all amazing ways to give back and feel great for doing so. You might think that doing something good for someone else for the selfish reason of self-gratification may negate the act, but it doesn't – not in our opinion anyway. So long as the good act is done, who cares what the motivation is!
You might not realise it, but sitting around all day and eating unhealthily have a seriously negative impact on your mental health. You should treat exercise as compulsory rather than just something you do when you have time. Allocate time each week to work, whether it’s a full blown gym session or just a brisk walk around the park. Getting your blood pumping has been scientifically proven to make you feel happier and do wonders for your mind.
Cut the Toxic Elements Out of Your Life
Don’t put yourself through hell for no reason. There are some things you simply have to do, such as pay taxes and go to the dentist. Fine, we accept these. But, if you have a choice in something and that thing is making you unhappy, cut it out. If you hate your job, find a new one. If you have a friend that leaves you emotionally drained every time you hang out, phase them out. If your other half is jealous or unreasonable, tell them to sort it out or hit the road. Take control over your life and tailor it to make yourself as happy as possible.
I’m not just saying this because it sounds trendy. Meditation is an important tool that you can harness to make yourself happier. Just a few minutes a day can make a huge difference to your mental health. If you’re not sure where to start, there are Youtube videos and apps that offer guided meditation sessions that you can follow. Alternatively, look for meditation classes in your area and take the opportunity to zen out and make new friends at the same time.
Say Yes to Things
You never regret the things you do, only the things you wish you had done. Leave your inhibitions at the door and start saying yes to things – especially to things that scare you. If you have a good time then you will feel happy, confident, and proud of yourself. If you have a bad time then use the experience to learn and develop, and turn the whole thing into a funny anecdote to tell your friends.