Welcome to 2019! For most of us, the beginning of a new year is an opportunity to hit the refresh button on your mind, body and spirit. It’s an optimistic start to lose weight, stop smoking, save money or get more exercise. It’s also a time to make a commitment to improve your mental well-being.
When you put your mental health first and set realistic goals to work on throughout the year, you’ll be able to avoid mental defeat should you not accomplish what you resolved to do.
Here are five tips to improve your mental well-being in 2019:
1. Resolve to cut back on eating processed foods, because science shows there is an important link between mental health and gut health. Serotonin is the key chemical messenger in the brain. Help your body produce more serotonin by improving your gut health with more fruits in your daily diet.
2. Exercise increases blood flow in the brain. Exercise is a quick way to relieve stress and change brain chemicals to boost our mood and reduce the risk of depression.
3. Sleep is essential for managing your mood. Lack of sleep makes people irritable and even the most basic demands on your life are going to feel harder. The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
4. Think about your priorities and align them to your values. Set clear priorities and make decisions about how to spend your time by them writing down. By doing things that matter, you can avoid stress, conflict and depression.
5. Take time for yourself. Unplug from technology, relax and recharge by listening to music, meditate, enjoy a hobby or simply do nothing.
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