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I talk about mental health a lottttt on my blog. Most recently about how I’ve been un-diagnosed with my anxiety disorder and how my medication has literally changed my life. But before that, I use to rely to improving my mental health naturally. I think that’s an important topic to talk about because not everyone can and wants to use medication for their anxiety or mental illness. So let’s talk about some natural ways to improve mental health.
I just want to state, before we go any further, that I’m by no means a medical professional and this information shouldn’t be taken as advice. If you have any mental health problems, you should always contact your GP first. I’d also like to add that the information within this post isn’t aimed at anyone with severe mental illness. These are just general well-being tips which can improve your mental well-being.
Okay, now that’s out of the way, we can get stuck in to the juicy stuff! I’m big on natural enhancement of your mental well-being. And I truly believe that we have to look at the bigger picture and take care of our mind, body and soul as one entity. There are so many incredible tools and practices out there which are natural ways to improve mental health and we should be taking full advantage of them.
Ready to look at some natural ways to improve mental health? Here are some suggestions!
7 natural ways to improve mental health:
I mean, I don’t have to tell you the benefits of exercise on mental health. We’re told that exercise is good for us for the second we step out the womb. But exercise really is such a powerful natural way to improve mental health. I’ve been on my own well-being journey this is and exercise has without a doubt been the biggest factor. I feel the fittest I’ve been in YEARS and exercise has generally made me an all-round happier person.
Recommendation: Holly Dolke – YouTube HIIT Workouts
Yoga and meditation practice
We all know how much I love Yoga by now. However I’m NOT one of these people that’s convinced Yoga is the cure for everything. Depressed? Just do some Yoga! That’s an extremely dangerous mindset to have. But Yoga is an amazing natural way to improve your overall well-being – including mental health. There are a ton of benefits on mental health from doing Yoga, so this is high up on my natural ways to improve mental health list!
Related: 8 Reasons To Start Yoga in 2020
Get those vitamins in
Getting your vitamins into your daily diet is obviously an incredibly important aspect of staying both physically and mentally healthy. Getting enough of the right vitamins has such incredible effects on brain function, immune system, muscle function and so much more. Here in the UK, we get around 2 weeks of decent sun a year. And even then, we need to make sure we’re staying out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day.
So ensuring you get enough vitamin D, the Vitamin D spray from Truth Origins is a great option especially when there’s so many Vitamin D benefits! I was kindly sent the SHINE Vitamin D3 spray, which ensures I’m never lacking in vitamin D – which is mega handy for me, considering I work from home and don’t go outside some days.
The spray is derived from plants, contains no chemicals or toxins. Is so easy to use and small enough to pop in your bag too, for if you’re out and about for the day. And there’s also the Truth RISE addition to the collection, which is Vitamin D and CBD combined into one neat little spray with an absolute TON of benefits from both the Vitamin D and the CBD.
The most natural way to improve mental health: fresh air
Fresh air and nature is a great way to switch off and relax from the stress of every day life. When you need a natural way to improve mental health, particularly stress, this is a good one to opt for. Going for a walk in the park next door to my house has really helped me lately get out of my own head and has become a vital part of my daily routine to manage my mental health.
Use herbal remedies to ease stress
Before I was put on medication, I used herbal remedies for my anxiety for a number of years. Of course none of them had quite the power that medication does but they did help take the edge off of my stress and anxiety. So if you’re looking for something to just nip it in the bud, then this could be a great natural way to improve mental health. There are plenty of different brands and products of natural, herbal, remedies to try!
Related: 6 Treatments For Stress and Anxiety
Switch off from social media
Something else that’s become a VITAL part of my weekly routine is switching off from social media. When I first took my blog full-time, I was ON IT all the time. 24/7 I was on social media, promoting my posts, creating content, replying to comments and emails. I never stopped. And the constantly whirl of social media started to seriously get to me. I was sick of it. So I’ve introduced screen time limits and social media free days and it’s done wonders for my mental health.
Consider therapy to improve mental health
It’s up to you whether you consider this to be a “natural” way but to me, natural means anything that isn’t medication. So yes, therapy is natural. Talking is natural. Communication is natural. Personal growth is natural. I honestly don’t know where I’d be today if it wasn’t for therapy so I can safely say this is one natural way to improve mental health that has worked incredibly for me.