How to improve your mental health?

How to improve your mental health?

Maintaining mental fitness allows you to be more resistant to stress and better regulate your mood. First thing to do to feel better in your head, stay as much as possible in contact with nature. Spending time in nature has been shown to be beneficial. A walk in the countryside, in the mountains or by the sea, it helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Taking a walk near a body of water is particularly relaxing, according to a new British study. It increases our mental well-being for at least 24 hours. If you live in the city, nothing is lost because parks, quays of a river or a canal have a soothing effect.

Anyway, the simple fact of being outside helps less to get lost in your ruminations. This validates the idea that getting some fresh air allows you to take your mind off things. And going out makes you move. However, physical activity is also excellent for mental health.

The benefits of physical exercise

Exercise is a good way to reduce tension. By stimulating the brain to produce neurotransmitters like serotonin and endorphins that have soothing effects, physical activity helps regulate mood. The good news is that it works regardless of the type and intensity of physical activity. All exercises work on morale: swimming, cycling, yoga… No need to sweat or get tired. One can derive psychological benefits from a simple walk.

Maintain strong relationships

Doing only one thing at a time rests the brain and avoids mental overload. You don’t have to chain activities to feel better either. Sometimes it’s just enough to focus on the positive you already have. Paying attention to the present moment makes you feel better. So when we walk, we look around. When you are with loved ones, you really listen to what is being said. It is also advisable to plan time during the week just for yourself, to indulge in an activity that you really like.
Having good relationships is essential. We are social beings and we need to share. This helps develop a sense of belonging, share positive experiences, find and give support. But it is important not to stay only in the virtual. Of course, technology, like video calling apps, is very useful when you live far from each other.

However, SMS, emails, social networks are not enough to maintain relationships.

The benefits of kindness

Showing kindness and generosity improves mental well-being because it creates positive feelings and boosts self-esteem. Offering help, making yourself available, volunteering makes us feel useful and can give more meaning to our lives.
And of course, it also improves the well-being of people who benefit from acts of kindness. More than you might think.

According to a new American study, we underestimate the power of these small daily acts. Beyond the value of the gift or service, the good intention of the givers also counts and makes the recipients feel good.

Additionally, researchers have shown that generosity is contagious and kindness can spread. Indeed, the people who benefit from it are then more able to show kindness and generosity.

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