5 Free Ways to Support Your Mental Health and Well Being
Supporting your mental health doesn’t have to be out of reach just because therapy or healthcare may seem unaffordable at times. There are many mental health practices that you can include in your daily life that don’t cost anything. It’s important to prioritize your mental health and promote a happier mindset so you can be the best version of yourself.
Mindfulness is a great way to be present, create self-awareness, and appreciate the positive things in your lives. Practicing daily mindfulness is a great way to encourage a positive state of mind and improve your overall well-being. Here are some great mindful tips to add into your daily routine:
- Set Daily Intentions – Starting your day with positive affirmations or daily intentions really set the tone for the day. Positive self-talk and having small daily goals can dramatically impact your overall mindset.
- Practice Gratitude – Practicing gratitude daily can give you a more positive outlook on things and keep your priorities in line. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to incorporate gratitude in your daily life. Each day write down one thing you’re grateful for that you appreciate in your life. If you’re ever feeling down, you can refer back to your journal as a reminder for all the good things in your life.
- Breathing Exercises – Breathing is essential for living, but breath work techniques open your awareness to breathing, allowing you to be mindful and present. They are easy to do anywhere and a simple way to reduce stress and put you in a peaceful state of mind.
- Digital Detox – In today’s world, our phones and social media have become such a huge part of our lives, but they have also been shown to cause us a lot of distress and can negatively affect our mental well-being. Take some time daily to detox from your phone. Choose whatever amount of time you feel comfortable with. A good way to start your digital detox is to not look at your phone as soon as you wake up. Take at least an hour to start your morning being present without any connection to your phone or computer. You can also do this at night before bed.
Hotlines and Online Resources
If a professional therapist seems out of reach due to finances, there are plenty of free resources available to get you the help and support you need.
- The Lifeline hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it’s completely free. They will connect you with trained professionals that can offer the emotional support that you need, whenever you need it. They are available to talk via phone at 1-800-273-8255 or online chat.
- MyTherapist is an online counseling service that provides countless articles and resources to help you improve your mental health. The articles are all medically reviewed by licensed counselors and are available to the public for free here: https://www.mytherapist.com/advice/therapists/. They also provide help and support with professional therapists online that are less expensive than in-person therapy.
Prioritize your Physical Health
Your mind and body are deeply connected and a two-way street. Taking care of your physical health will ultimately benefit your mental health as well.
- Eat Healthy– What you choose to put in your body, can directly affect your mental health. Eating processed foods can leave you feeling sluggish and fatigued. Make it a habit to incorporate whole foods into your diet so you can look and feel your best.
- Exercise– Daily exercise is so important to promote both our physical and mental health. Exercise releases endorphins, boosting serotonin and leaving us with more energy and in a better mood.
Call a Trusted Loved One
Connecting with people we care about and love is a great way to boost our mood. We all need a sense of love and belonging. If you’re experiencing any kind of stress in your life, people close to you that you trust can offer support and advice. Making time for your loved ones and taking time to connect and laugh with them can really improve your overall mental health.
Life can be overwhelming at times, but it’s so important to prioritize yourself and your needs. Self-care is crucial to our mental well-being and it can mean different things for different people. Self-care can be emotional, physical, or even spiritual. Figure out what self-care means to you and take time every day to do something for you that makes you feel good.
by Marie Miguel
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.