Small steps to improve your mental health
All sorts of factors can influence our mental health, especially pandemics and lockdowns. If you are feeling a bit glum this year, here are some small, actionable steps that you can take to improve.
Get your body moving
Whether you want to try yoga or jogging, getting your body moving in the smallest way can benefit your mental health. Exercise boosts your serotonin levels, meaning that you'll instantly feel a little bit lighter and happier. It can sometimes take a lot of effort to exercise when you aren't feeling up to it, but it's well worth doing!
Write a list of what you're grateful for
Everyone has something to be grateful for. If you're reading this blog post, you've got the privilege of accessing the internet and a computer or phone. Writing a list of gratitudes, no matter how small (you could include clean water to drink, money to buy food and having friends and family around you), will help to rewire your brain to focus on the positives.
FaceTime family or friends
Even if you can't see your family and friends in person, you can drop them a quick FaceTime to catch up. Even if you are feeling unsocial, speaking to your nearest and dearest does normally help. Make sure that they know that you aren't feeling your best, and ask if you can keep the conversation on positive topics. You should walk away feeling much better.
Eat a healthy diet
There is a natural correlation between how we feel and what we eat. If you eat a healthy balanced diet and try to avoid too much salt, bad fats, and sugars, you will notice a mood boost. If you struggle to remember all of your vitamins, you could try supplementation. Kollo is a liquid collagen product that also contains various B and C vitamins and essential amino acids. Consuming something like this could benefit your overall health, which could in turn boost your mental health.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is incredibly important to function properly. Try to get 7-8 hours - if you struggle to sleep, wind down with some relaxing editions, use soothing lavender oil, and take a hot bath before bed. Kollo could also help you with insomnia - you can see the full product description here (https://kollohealth.com/products/kollo-premium-liquid-collagen).