Happiness is an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment. While happiness has many different definitions, it is often described as involving positive emotions and life satisfaction. Positive emotions help resolve negative impulses and desires.
Here are a few ways to stay mentally healthy:
Exercise: It is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. This number is not just to maintain a healthy body but also a healthy mindset. Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and improves self-esteem and cognitive function (National Health Institute). As the weather continues to improve, be sure to get outside! If you do not go to the gym to work out, you can simply go outside and take a walk in your neighborhood or a park.
Journal: Being able to write down any feelings, thoughts, or ideas can reduce anxiety, help face problems, and allow reflection. It allows one to take a step back, consider possible solutions, and relax. Try journaling when you are upset, overwhelmed, or angry.
Find Hobbies: Research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression. Activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed. Hobbies can include something social like going to a fun class or something relaxing like scrapbooking.
Ask for Help: While being open and connecting with others is critical, it is also important to know when to ask for help. Being open to talking to someone, even short-term can be critical for mental health. Find a trusted friend, adult, or counselor and ask for help. This can have long-lasting impacts on your overall well-being.
Mindfulness Exercises: Practicing mindfulness allows one to engage in meaningful, calming strategies to help relieve stress, increase self-awareness, and reflect. There are numerous strategies that can help you practice mindfulness. These strategies include breathing exercises, goal setting, meditation, and purposeful journaling.
These methods are proven to help lower stress, anxiety, and negative feelings. You can practice these methods through your daily activities. You have more options available other than the use of substances that can harm or debilitate. Prevention is key !
Just Say NO!