When Simone Biles dropped participation in several Olympic events to “get herself right mentally,” it started a much-needed conversation on mental health and the importance of safeguarding it.
Those with poor mental health are more likely to suffer from a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety and panic disorders. Thanks to increased awareness, there are effective treatments for most disorders, including psychotherapy and medication.
Mental Health America, a nonprofit that addresses the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all has many tips to boost mental health. Among them:
- Track three things you are grateful for, and three things you accomplished each day.
- Have a cup of joe. Coffee is linked to lower rates of depression, so go ahead and start your day with a cup.
- Plan a getaway. It could be as simple as a short camping trip, but the act of planning a vacation and having something to look forward to can boost overall happiness for up to eight weeks.
- Go for a walk in the woods. Not only does exercise increase the serotonin levels that boost your mood, but research has found that being in nature boosts energy levels and prevents depression.
And always remember that if you are not feeling well mentally and your efforts are not helping, it’s important to seek outside help.