Health is important to all of us. However, it’s not just about being physically fit. We also need to take our mental health into account. And it can affect anyone!

Mental health isn’t always visible. It’s usually something we push to the back of our minds to align with our busy schedules.

It can also be difficult to find the time and motivation we need to make positive changes to improve our mental health. However, making the effort to change bad habits can have huge benefits to your mental well-being.

There’s no quick fix to improving your mental health but there are steps you can take that can help.

Stay connected

When it comes to mental health, one of the best things you can do is talk. What can seem like such a simple task to most can be daunting to some but opening up to friends and family can feel like a weight has been lifted. Start the conversation!

Additionally, even just spending quality time with friends and family can lift our moods. Whether it’s online or in person, maintaining good relationships with those closest to you can have a big impact on improving mental health.

Undergo a social media detox

I’m pretty sure everyone and their dog is on social media at this point. Although there are many positives to social media, it also has its cons.

Social media is a great tool for helping us stay in touch with loved ones and connecting us to the products and services we are interested in.

However, one of the biggest downsides is comparing ourselves and our lives to those of others. We see the glamorous lives of celebrities and it’s easy to start putting ourselves down. What we fail to remember is that social media only shows a small fraction of our lives. What you see on social media does not portray real life 100% of the time.

So, what can we do in terms of social media to improve our mental health?

One of the most effective ways to improve your mental health in terms of social media is to undergo a social media detox.

This will allow you more time to spend on more worthwhile things that could improve your happiness. Furthermore, it will allow you to escape the false reality social media creates.

Remember on social media you are comparing your behind the scenes to someone’s highlight reel!

If there are people making you feel this way, simply unfollow take the negativity away.

Make sure you’re well rested

Sounds simple right?  but the quality of sleep we have makes a big difference to our mental well-being.

Sleep deprivation can result in tiredness, agitation, feeling sluggish, and a lack of concentration.

If you live a busy lifestyle, it’s important to make sure both your body and mind are receiving the rest they require.

Getting the right amount of sleep will allow you to have enough energy to make the most of your day. Additionally, the extra productivity will provide you with a positive mindset which will ultimately help to improve your mood.

Live a healthy lifestyle

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just mean healthy eating and going to the gym (although that helps). A healthy lifestyle is all about balance.

Clean eating is good for both your mind and body, but the odd cheat meal isn’t going to hurt.

A healthy lifestyle is all about staying active and making time for things you enjoy. Enjoying the outdoors and doing something for yourself is a great way to improve your mental health.

Did you know that going for a short walk increases our mental alertness, energy, and positive mood.

Mental health at work

Work can be one of the main attributes to stress.

It’s important to maintain a good work-life balance to keep our minds healthy and happy.

The best way to stay on top of this is to make sure you aren’t taking on too much and pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion.

Most workplaces have a dedicated person to help deal with stress and mental health in the workplace. As stated above, communication is key when it comes to mental health, and it helps to talk about how you are feeling.

We spend a lot of time at work so it’s great if you enjoy what you do and like spending time with the people you work with.

Here at Social Plus, we are big advocates for mental health. We’re fortunate to have a great team who are there to help and support each other.

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If you or anyone you know is struggling with their mental health and unsure of where to turn, take a look at both MIND and the Samaritans website to see how they can support your further.