Stroke a dog, smile and turn off the news… 15 tips to Boost Your Mental Health

Stroke a dog, smile and turn off the news… 15 tips to Boost Your Mental Health

On World Mental Health Day, here are 15 quick tips to boost your mental health, by Health Reporter

1. Think of three things you can be thankful for and write them down

2. Life is just a series of moments. Be mindful in the moment you’re in - enjoy that big glass of water, cup of coffee, tea or piece of dark chocolate for an extra brain boost.

3 Find something to laugh about - laughter helps reduce anxiety. Make yourself laugh by watching your favourite comedy or comedian.


4 De-connect with your phone - gadgets and social media can quickly pull us down for so many reasons. Best to get off as MUCH as you can.

5 Connect with positive people - outside if you can. Having a fun conversation in nature is a quick pick-me-up.

6 Go for a walk in nature - this cuts stress hormones and boosts feel-good hormones

7 Yawn - Yes, amazing making you’re yawn helps cool the brain, improves alertness and mental efficiency.


8 Write out your worries and stress on paper.

9 Stroke a pet dog, cat or other animal - time with animals lowers the stress hormone - cortisol, and boosts the love hormone oxytocin - which stimulates feelings of happiness.

10 Try Fish Oil - eating your omega-3s in foods like wild salmon, flaxseeds or walnuts boosts your brain also helps build healthy gut bacteria.

11 Forgive - people who forgive have better mental health generally.

12 Smile - this simple act can help to lower your heart rate and calm you down.

13 Do your best to enjoy 15 minutes of sunshine - it gives a Vitamin D boost

14 Turn off news - it will depress you.

15 Try a Meditation routine on Youtube with slow, deep breathing - Try one on youtube - it can bring quick relaxation.

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