Boosting Your Mental Health

Even when times are hard, there are steps you can take to improve your well-being and mental health. In stressful situations, there are simple coping strategies you can take to reduce stress and improve your overall outlook on life. Building sound coping methods into your daily routine can provide a sense of normalcy, even during a pandemic.

Try deep breathing for two minutes every hour to help reduce stress. Go for a walk, soak up the sunshine, play with a pet, and spend time doing things you love every day and every week. When you feel stressed, smile. Even when it seems difficult, smiling can help lower your heart rate and calm you down.

Some other things you can do are:

  • Start your day with a cup of coffee, which has been linked to lower rates of depression. Try green tea if that sounds better.
  • Set a schedule for sleep. Try for eight hours a night, and keep the bedroom cool, between 60 – 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Sleep hygiene is essential to help you feel well-rested.
  • Work to your strengths, building your self-confidence.
  • Show love to those in your life because close relationships are part of helping you stay happy and healthy.
  • Take time to journal. Write about gratitude and chart your successes each day. Even the smallest achievement can uplift you.
  • Do something with friends and family. Make it virtual to stay safe during COVID-19.
  • Try new things. Have you been considering a new craft or hobby? Now is a great time.
  • Let your laughter flow. Laughing helps reduce anxiety, so turn on your favorite comedy and laugh!

When you need help and are feeling down or struggling, remember it’s okay to reach out. If you want to talk, our Connect to Care clinic is available for walk-in mental health care, or call 303-617-2300 to schedule an appointment.