4 Habits to Hack Your Mental Health in 2021!
The start of the new year is always a good time to make decisions on things you want to change for the new year. So often these goals center around physical health - weight loss targets, fitness aspirations, new eating plans, etc. But this year, as you make your goals for 2021, don’t forget about your mental health too!
Implementing new lifestyle changes doesn’t have to be complicated. A few simple changes in routine could yield great benefits for your stress levels and overall well being. Let’s have a look at 4 healthy habits that are simple enough to carry out throughout the year, and are sure to have a huge impact for your mental health in 2021!
Start the morning in the sun
Exposure to the sun first thing in the morning helps to regulate your circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle) which can help you sleep better at night and reduces stress. Sunshine also provides Vitamin D which is important for your immune system. Eat your breakfast on the porch or take a stroll first thing in the morning to soak in those rays!
Set aside time to be active each day
You may not have time for a 2hr workout every day, but research shows that just a few minutes of activity each day can provide mental health benefits. Whether it’s a walk around the block, taking the stairs at work, or gentle stretching before bed, be sure to incorporate movement daily!
Unwind before bedtime
Turn off the screens and take some time to read a good book, journal, or take a warm bath before bedtime. The constant stimulation from LED lights from our phones, computers, and television makes it harder for us to get quality sleep. Power down an hour or two before bed for improved sleep and less stress.
Take some time each day to think about, write down, or express to someone else what you are grateful for. Research has shown that when you feel gratitude your brain releases dopamine, a hormone that affects mood. This practice of gratitude has been shown to lower rates of stress and depression!