Mental Health Tips to Boost Your Spirit

Many people experience seasons of doldrums and depression. During these times, even some simple acts can help your mental health. Whether you’re feeling down or simply want to feel a little better, use these mental health tips to boost your spirit this season.

Develop Positive Daily Habits

Many things in life are the result of an accumulation of small actions, and your daily habits have an immense effect on your overall mental health. To give your spirit a boost, make these regular habits part of each and every day:

  • Begin your morning with coffee or green tea. Both beverages have beneficial chemicals beyond just caffeine, and a morning beverage ritual will offer some relaxation early in the day.
  • Keep the house cool at night. Keeping your home cooler at night will help you sleep better, and being more rested is essential to having energy and excitement.
  • Dance while cleaning. Dance anytime you clean the house. No one’s watching, and you’ll benefit from having fun, exercise, and sprucing up your surroundings.
  • Get sunshine. The benefits of sunshine are well-studied and multifold. Try to get some sun every day, including even on those cloudy winter ones.
  • Remember to laugh. There’s a reason laughter is considered the best medicine. Lighten your mood, and your spirit will benefit big-time.


Invest in Personal Growth

Everyone has room to grow and challenging yourself can help you reach your full potential. Invest in your own personal growth, and you’ll feel like you are moving your life forward:

  • Start something new. New challenges are always rewarding to overcome. Find a new job or hobby, and take it on.
  • Improve something. Everyone has something they want to improve. Choose one thing, and take the first step toward being better.
  • Enjoy your activities. The activities that you do regularly can become routine. Remember the joy you first had in them, and cherish that feeling.


Reflect on Your Experiences

Reflection helps people remember the good times and process the bad, and you’re bound to experience both. A couple of ways to reflect on experiences are to:

  • Journal about upsetting experiences. Write down what happened and how you feel about the situation, and your feelings will begin to flow away.
  • Create a gratitude journal. Create a journal that’s specifically for giving thanks. You’ll develop a more grateful disposition, and you’ll have something positive to look back at.


Develop Strong Relationships

Relationships take work, but that work pays dividends beyond just your social network. Your friends and family are the ones who will help you get through tough times. To develop strong relationships with them:

  • Show your love. It’s one thing to love people, but it’s something else to demonstrate that love. Make sure your love takes form through action, so people can see it.
  • Practice forgiveness. Forgiveness isn’t easy, and it requires practice. Forgive others in little things, and you’ll find it a little bit less difficult to forgive big infractions too.
  • Send a thank-you note. You can never say thank you enough, and it’s never too late to send a thank-you note. Remind yourself and someone else of your gratitude with a brief inscription.


Get Away

Sometimes life can become too much and it would be good to get away for a little while. At those times, there are a few different ways to find an escape:

  • Go on a getaway. If you have the finances and time, go on an actual getaway. Take a road trip on a long weekend, or just book a hotel in town for the night.
  • Take a warm bath. A much more feasible option at times, soak in a warm bath. Add candles and bring a book for an especially relaxing time.
  • Power down the electronics. Even if you don’t get away altogether, at least get away from the digital world for a little while. Turn off the television, computer and phone.


Call Jonas Hill Hospital for Help

When simple tactics aren’t enough, call Jonas Hill Hospital at 828-394-6722. We’re here to help. You are heard here.

Jonas Hill Hospital & Clinic a division of Caldwell Memorial Hospital provides our community with safe, dignified and integrated care for adult patients experiencing an acute mental health need. We provide hope, treatment, and healing through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, team-based medical care, and education provided by engaging and dedicated professionals in a safe and healing environment. Contact Jonas Hill Hospital and Clinic today at (828) 394-6722 for more information.