Various studies show that we spend no less than eight hours a day behind some screen. That means scrolling through Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook for eight hours and, on top of that, scouring news websites and binge-watching series. That may be the reason so many people wanted to improve their mental health. And while we may be almost mid-January, with many more days and months to go, this is the perfect long-term project. Sounds better than watching Netflix for a year, right?
1. Get enough sleep
Recent research from the WHO (World Health Organization) shows that two-thirds of adults fail to achieve the recommended 8 hours of sleep in one night. Still, chronic sleep deprivation can lead to mood disorders such as depression and other mental health problems. Therefore, try to banish all culprits that disturb your sleep from your room. Think of that coffee or tea before bed and the blue light of your digital devices.
2. Don’t worry about things that haven’t happened yet
Dr. Robert L. Leahy’s book “The Worry Cure” shows that 85 percent of the time, we worry about things that never happen, so we’re stressed about nothing. Still, chronic stress is associated with a higher risk of clinical depression. In short, worrying less is the best way to boost your mental health. But how do you start now? Therapy is a good option, but not the cheapest at the same time. So try to write down your concerns. You immediately feel lighter, and you can bring them back up afterward to evaluate the outcome.
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3. Stop dieting
Here you discovered why crash diets never work, and anyone who has tried one before can agree that it doesn’t make you happy. It’s not surprising, then, that people who accept their bodies, regardless of their body shape, are more likely to have better mental health and a more fulfilling sex life (and more orgasms) and are happier in their relationship. If you want or need to lose weight for your health, follow a balanced diet in which you don’t exclude nutrients, but exercise regularly instead of putting endless restrictions on yourself that you will never sustain.
4. Take up a hobby
This year, take the time to learn a new skill, improve a talent or do more of what you love to do. Reading has been shown to improve relationships and reduce depression; writing about emotional events helps in recovery. Creating anything in any sense has been shown to help temper negative thoughts and reduce stress and anxiety.
5. Deal with your digital addiction
A digital detox may sound boring, but those eight hours a day you spend on different media don’t do you much good. Mental health and technology experts believe that Twitter desensitizes us to horrific events and that Instagram negatively affects your sleep, body image and promotes feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. But unless you live in an abandoned cabin in a forest, you probably rely on technology daily for your social life or work. Therefore, do not go completely cold turkey but start with a few small steps. For example, no longer look at your smartphone during a meal or an hour before bedtime and build up quietly.
6. Move more
There’s no denying that exercise has a positive impact on your mental health, but that doesn’t mean you have to get to fitness every day. Yoga, for example, is very helpful in improving the symptoms of depression and sleep disorders. Swimming, in turn, reduces stress and anxiety.