Are you able to enjoy life? Do you want to try new things or take risks? Do you feel equipped to go through tough times? If you answered yes to these questions, you’re doing quite well. If you answered no, here are some things you can do right now to recharge and take care of your mental health.
Clean up your thoughts
Are you the type to tell yourself that you’re no good, not good enough or that you don’t deserve to be loved? To stop this onslaught of negative thoughts, quit comparing yourself to others and taking their judgments about you to heart. Instead, make a list of your qualities and develop them. Praise yourself for your efforts, your strengths and your successes, and do the same with those around you. A pat on the back from time to time sure feels good.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
Do you lack energy? Why not start by eating better? Go with the 80/20 rule: 80% fruit and vegetables for 20% protein. To add some pep to your plate, think about herbs and spices!
Exercise also helps you maintain good physical and mental health. Only 1 in 5 people 18 to 34 years of age get the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity each week.1 Be active—your body and mind will thank you for it!
When you’re with others, put down your device
Are you tired of talking to people who text and don’t listen to you? Then it’s time to set an example for others. Don’t check your phone or tablet around others unless you have to organize something. If necessary, excuse yourself for a few minutes and then give your friends your full attention.
If you’re getting together for a party, enjoy it. Don’t be afraid to talk about everything and nothing or to suggest some games. Who knows where your friendships and laughter will lead you!
Give your time
Do you question the injustices in this world? What small thing could you do to help change things? Like 69% of young people 15 to 24 years of age, become a member of a group, organization or association.2 Get involved in a cause or find something to do for your neighbourhood, your friends, your entourage or even a stranger. Taking action to improve the world does the greatest good, because you’re part of the solution! And if you join forces with others, you can work miracles!
Get some rest
Are you tired? Modern life often cuts into precious minutes of sleep. Blue light from the screens you look at prevents the production of melatonin, which tells you when it’s time for bed. Some devices offer blue light filtering settings. The best thing to do, however, is to avoid using a screen an hour before bedtime.
Take up the challenge and you’ll see a difference!