50 life hacks for better mental health

50 life hacks for better mental health

There are so many ways we can boost our happiness and mental health.

But sometimes we need a good reminder; else our mood and happiness suffer.

So here are 50 great life hacks for more happiness, improved mental health, and generally a better life…

via Psychology Today by Linda Esposito

Humans are unique, complicated creatures with unique, complicated minds. According to The National Science Foundation (NSF) we have between 12 and 50 thousand thoughts per day. That fact can make managing personal lives sticky. By internalizing a few psychological tenets and tips, you can drastically improve your chances of having more positively focused thoughts to make the most of your day.

1. Recognize all the times you got it right. Rather than wake up each morning anxious about what didn’t get done on the to-do list, focus on what’s going well. *Bonus: Make a list of three times you were gracious in the midst of meanness; three times you faced your fears and prevailed; three times you wanted to quit, but kept going.

2. Know that failures contain the recipes for success — Learn from your mistakes, gather your ingredients, do your thing.

3. Protect your emotional well-being day with the Big Three: Quality sleep, lots of water, and slow, deep-breathing.

4. Consider your options when catastrophic thinking threatens to derail your mood. Close your eyes (this helps to block out stimulation) and fill in the blanks: I am afraid of ________. The worst-case scenario would be  ________. On a scale of 1-10, the likelihood of this happening is  ________. If this happens, I can do ________ and ________ and ________, instead of worry, feel helpless or stuck.

5. Smile more. While it’s not easy to keep smiling when stressed out, studies report doing exactly that has health benefits. When recovering from a stressful situation, study participants who were smiling had lower heart rates than those with a neutral expression…

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