In every aspect, this year has truly affected everyone’s mental health. Colorful people may have been stressed or discouraged in the light of social and racial problems in the US. Americans have been concerned about the pandemic, election and financial uncertainty. So here are eight ways to improve your mental health and your lifestyle during the struggles this year.

Stay active.

Exercise offers many benefits, including reduced anxiety, depression and negative moods and improved self-esteem and cognitive function. Increased energy and endurance, reduced fatigue and increased mental alertness are also some of the benefits of mental health.

For example, patients with schizophrenia who participated in a three-month physical conditioning programme have seen weight control improvement, reduced blood pressure and increased energy perception.

You don’t have to have a marathon to feel the advantages of practice. For these health benefits, thirty minutes of exercise with moderate intensity is enough. Neither these 30 minutes need to be continuous, meaning that three 10 minutes’ walk are just as helpful as a 30 minute walk!

Discuss your feelings.

Many people see your sentiments as a sign of weakness, but talking about your feelings and listening to them actively can improve your mental health. With a sympathetic listener you can feel supported and less alone, and perhaps if you open the person you talk to, you will do the same.

Whether you talk to a therapist, a close friend, a family member, or just journaling, it can be a step in a healthier mind to talk with someone you trust.

Eat well.

Perhaps you don’t want to practice as much; I get that. According to Dr Cora, a board certified psychiatrist, a healthy food diet can help to reduce mood fluctuations, improve your overall happiness and increase your focus. In addition, an increased risk of dementia or stroke has been associated with unhealthy diets.

A diet of fruits, plants, nuts, seeds, oily fish, dairy products, whole grain bread and plenty of water can make your psychiatric health better and healthier. You are what you eat, and perhaps you will have a healthier mind if you try to eat healthy foods!

Please take a break.

As we go through the vacation and the final season, a break from a change of scene or a change in pace can be great for your mental health. From a 15-minute break from your family to a 30-minute break from your exams, you can rest and refocus on a break.

Listening to your body is a key to this tip. If you feel hungry, perhaps it’s best to take a snack break. Go for yoga or mediation if you are stressed. My favorite personal Yoga Instructor is Yoga With Adrienne, who also focuses on mediation and attention. If you feel tired, try to take a nap. Our mental health can suffer without a good amount of sleep and our concentration in particular can descend quickly.

Ask for assistance.

Besides talking to those you trust, there are many local services that can also help you. Examples of these services include joining a support group to contribute to beneficial changes in your life, finding an advice to help you get started or visiting a citizen advice office, if you need advice on debt.

The National Lifeline for Suicide Prevention deals with many crises, not just serious ones. The LGBTQ-focused helpline of the Trevor Project and the National Alliance for Mental Illnesses and the National Sexual Assault Hotline are also beneficial.

Mental health is still strongly stigmatized throughout the world, so it is understandable if you’re nervous or afraid to reach out. You are already taking a big step in significant courage and bravery by asking for help.

Do something good at which you are

You can enjoy yourself as a key factor in tackling stress and increasing self-esteem. Focusing on one of your favorite activities such as jogging or playing board games may help you to forget your concerns and improve your mood.

Taking part in something creative like drawing or painting can help you speak creatively. Taking active and social activities such as climbing rocks or playing football with friends will get you both active and give you a chance to meet new people.

Other care

With the above skills, volunteering may be for you for a local charity or organization! Helping others can make us feel necessary and appreciated. It can also improve your mental health by helping your relatives or caring for a pet. Volunteering can help us see the world differently and thus put into perspective our own problems.

More specifically, taking care of a pet can create structure for your day and benefit your social life, as many fellow walkers chat about it. My favorite personal volunteer activity is working with puppies that train to my college as service dogs.

Maintain in touch.

Strong family ties and supportive friends can help you develop a healthy mind through many aspects of your life. They can help you to feel inclusive and cared for as well as to support you and help you to solve practical problems.

Calling or shooting a quick text will keep communication lines open and strengthen these relationships. If you feel distant from your loved ones during COVID-19, a phone call might re-establish your relationship.

Conversely, it would be useful to take a break from them or even to end the relationship, if you think that someone is harming your mental health.

Whether you feel stressed by being stuck at home during quarantine or tired from exams, everybody has something to do with better mental health.