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Three Tips to Increase Positive Feelings
Kris Boulton Phone: (501) 303-5672Email: email@example.com
Connect with Saline County FCS agent Kris Boulton.
When I mention mental health what is your reaction? When people talk about mental
health, they are often referring to a disorder – such as anxiety or depression that
may require professional support and treatment. But mental health is much more than
a diagnosis. Mental health includes your overall psychological well-being, such as
the way you feel about yourself and others as well as your ability to manage your
feelings and deal with everyday difficulties.
Although taking care of your mental health can mean seeking professional support and treatment, it also means taking steps to improve your emotional health. Making
these changes will pay off in all aspects of your life, including boosting your mood,
building resilience, and adding to your overall enjoyment of life.
Gratitude has been clearly linked with improved well-being and mental health as well
as happiness. The best-researched method to increase feelings of gratitude is to keep
a gratitude journal or write a daily gratitude list. Generally contemplating gratitude
is also effective, but you need to get regular practice to see a long-term benefit.
Find something to be grateful for, let it fill your heart, and bask in that feeling.
Being mindful of the present moment allows us to let go of negative or difficult emotions
from past moments or experiences that are weighing us down. Start by bringing awareness
to routine activities, such taking a shower, eating lunch, or walking home. Being
aware of the physical sensations, sounds, smells, or tastes of these experiences helps
focus your attention. When your mind wanders, just bring it back to what you are doing.
Your body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting chemicals called endorphins
before and after you work out, which is why exercise is a powerful antidote to stress,
anxiety, and depression. Look for small ways to add activity to your day, like taking
the stairs instead of the elevator or going on a short walk. To get the most benefit,
aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, and try to do it outdoors. Exposure
to sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D, which increases the level of serotonin
in the brain, and spending time in nature is a proven stress reducer.
These three simple ideas can help you have positive feelings and feel better. Remember
that there are times taking care of your mental health means seeking professional support and treatment, it also means taking steps to improve your emotional health.
Contact me or anyone of your County Extension offices in Arkansas for more information
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