Improve your mental health with these 5 simple steps
Psychologist and author John Duffy recommends taking these six steps to increase your mental well-being:
Try this routine every morning
Taking care of your emotional state should be the first thing you think about in the morning, preferably before your feet touch the floor. Instead of checking social media or getting started, take a deep breath and think of three things you are grateful for. These can be very important, like your spouse, work or health, or modest, like the weather, the view from your window, etc.
Do not keep your mind there
When we are anxious or depressed, symptoms tend to invade our minds. Furthermore, depression, anxiety, and other emotional distress tend to intensify when they remain our only focus. If we go out and care to serve others, or do activities we enjoy, we find that our worries diminish.
Eliminate the unnecessary
For the past two years, there is no doubt that we are very busy and have little precious time to relax and do practically anything. Today is presented with a wonderful opportunity to consider what we can take away from our daily lives which is unnecessary, which can enhance our peace of mind and support our emotional well-being.
Evaluate your relationships
Evaluate how each of your relationships works for you. Do you give more than you receive from a brother or sister? Do you feel hopeful and full after a coffee meeting with an acquaintance? Many of us spend a lot of time and energy in relationships that are toxic or one-sided, and that may involve social media connections.
Be willing to change and learn
Many of my clients have stubbornly claimed that they know what is best for themselves, and very often bad habits continue even after they come to me for help.
Treat yourself to one hour a week, either through therapy or other practices. You will learn a lot about how your mind works and how to remove obstacles to the path to well-being that you may have had for years.