Simple Ways To Boost Your Mental Health In The New Year by Jane Sandwood

The first quarter of the year is almost over, and while most people vow to work on their health and fitness in 2018, it’s also important not to neglect our mental health for our well-being. According to a study, 6.6% of the Maltese people experienced chronic depression at some point in their lives. The research also found that women are more likely to have mental health issues than men. Exercising can help to improve mental health, but there are other things that you can do to relieve stress and anxiety, ease depression, and boost your happiness. Here are a few simple ways to boost your mental health this year.
Eat a well-balanced diet
Eating a well-balanced diet not only benefits your body, but it also improves other areas that contribute to overall health. Consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water, and practicing portion control can help you feel good inside and out. Moreover, eating certain foods can certainly help to boost your mental health. Try increasing your intake of fatty fish such salmon and sardines, whole grains, leafy greens, and lean protein. These foods provide fuel for the brain and body and improve overall cognitive functioning.
Do a digital detox
If you’ve been spending too much time on Facebook or Instagram, it’s likely that you feel somewhat cut off from the rest of society. Moreover, social media can negatively impact our mental health as it can be addictive and may even trigger feelings of jealousy and depression. Limit your social media use or go on a digital detox for a few days to establish real and personal connections, have better conversations, and to lead a stress-free lifestyle.
Practice gratitude
Looking at the bright side can help make life better. This year, try starting a gratitude journal and listing down the things that you are thankful for. It can be anything from having loving children, a hobby that keeps you engaged, or even little things such as your favorite TV show or song. Oftentimes, we feel unhappy when we focus on the things that we don’t have, but by being grateful for the people, things, and experiences that we have, even the most ordinary things may seem extraordinary when we realize how lucky we are to have them in our life.
This year, add mental health to the top of your priority list. Try these simple ways to boost your mental health and feel happier and healthier in 2018.

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