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ways to improve

Mental Health

Mental health is something that everyone grapples with on a daily basis. It's the cornerstone to our success and, if not taken care of, will be the key to our failures.

Here are 21of the best solutions for improving your mental health. Simply click on to discover them.

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Eating healthy food via proper dieting is one of the key components to improving one's mental health, as junk food typically contains chemicals that go directly to the brain and will bring your energy levels down.

Eating healthy foods

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Turns out that dark chocolate naturally lowers blood pressure and boosts the hormones that make us feel good inside. Studies have proven that chocolate contains neurochemicals that help stimulate the brain, with serotonin levels being altered when we eat it.

Dark chocolate

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Studies throughout the last 40 years have shown that alcohol consumption negatively affects our mental health by increasing stress levels and anxiety. Cutting back on alcohol is definitely a great step in the right direction if you are seeking to improve your mental health.

No alcohol consumption

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Sleeping well is absolutely necessary for one's mental and physical well being. Studies have shown that going to sleep early and sleeping eight hours a day improves one's ability.

Better Sleep

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It's best to take some time out of your day to get 15 minutes or more of sunshine in order to relieve yourself of that stress and anxiety that's dragging you down.

Sunshine

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Practicing meditation can greatly improve one's mental health, as it gives people a sense of calm and relaxation. Breathing in and out stimulates the nerves and muscles, and the emotional state is heightened as well.

Practicing meditation

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Practicing meditation can greatly improve one's mental health, as it gives people a sense of calm and relaxation. Breathing in and out stimulates the nerves and muscles, and the emotional state is heightened as well.

Exercising regularly

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Sometimes it's best if we have a change of scenery. Being in the same place for too long may depress and demotivate us if there long enough, whereas changing scenery will give us more motivation, and increase our sense of excitement.

Change of scenery

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Research has shown that being around trees reduces stress, anxiety, and depression levels greatly. Our overall mood improves for the better, and cognition is also improved as well. As such, the benefits of exploring nature every so often cannot be understated.

Exploring nature

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Research has shown that being around trees reduces stress, anxiety, and depression levels greatly. Our overall mood improves for the better, and cognition is also improved as well. As such, the benefits of exploring nature every so often cannot be understated.

Time Management

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Daily routines reduce anxiety and stress levels for us because with a schedule, the sheer weight and pressure of the day won't be so crushing.

Choosing a daily routine

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Listening to calming music sends signals to the brain that both calms the nerves and lowers heart rate, providing a release of dopamine as well.

Listening to music

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Some people like to write poems, others enjoy making crafts for fun. When we partake in a creative activity that is fun for us, it also reduces stress and anxiety levels, as we are caught in the moment of that creative activity.

Being creative

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Experts have pointed out that hobbies reduce blood pressure and lower heart rate and, with that, stress and anxiety levels are reduced as well.

Learning a new hobby

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A better way for individuals to improve their mental health is to engage in positive self-talk that lifts their spirits in order to help them get through the day.

Positive self-talk

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Being in a relationship with someone can come with enormous benefits, not only via reduction of stress and anxiety, but also ranging from being physically healthier and living a longer lifespan, as well as having higher self-esteem.

Healthy relationship

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While most of us will take showers, baths have a unique effect on our mental health by easing any physical tension we have, altering serotonin levels, and reducing stress and anxiety as well.

Taking warm baths

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Many of us will go an entire day with a frown on our faces. However, studies have shown that smiling is a natural mood booster that is known to reduce stress, as endorphins are released and act as a natural painkiller.

smiling

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Laughing is also a natural stress reliever, as the endorphins are released with both serotonin and dopamine levels altered as well. Thus, it's best for us to find things that not only bring us joy, but also will make us laugh, in order to brighten our moods.

laughing

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it is always good to maintain discipline and be critical of our performance in our day-to-day lives, it can also be counterproductive to be too critical of ourselves.

Don't be too hard on yourself

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When we have done something wrong, it might be not able to forgive ourselves for it, and such weight will bog us down to the dark moments. Stress, anxiety, and depression will follow as a result, but with self-forgiveness, all of that negative weight will be lifted from us.

Self-forgiveness

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Set long-term goals for yourself. Setting long-term goals increases your motivation, and upon achieving these goals you will get a dopamine rush as you feel that sense of accomplishment, thus boosting self-esteem as a result.

Long-term goal

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