With 2023 in full swing, you may have already fallen back on your resolutions to look after yourself. More than ever, people are wanting to focus on themselves with 50% of Gen Z wanting to improve their mental health in 2023. If this is something that you are looking to do then here are some ways that you may look to improve your mental health this year.
4 ways to improve your mental health
There is a clear correlation between physical exercise and mental health. Being active releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good which can help boost self-esteem, help you concentrate and aid your sleep.
You could look to join an exercise group such as a running or cycling club where you can make new friends while spending time outside. When doing activities like this, especially cycling on roads, it is important to wear safety gear to reduce your risk of injury.
While you may be able to make a claim in the event of an accident, minimising the risk through wearing safety gear like a helmet and reflective clothing is key to keeping yourself safe.
Spending time outdoors has been found to help improve mental health problems like anxiety and depression. Multiple studies have found that spending time in green spaces like forests and parks can improve mood and life satisfaction. As such, getting outdoors whether to exercise on your own or with friends or just read a book and relax, can be a brilliant way to help improve your mental health.
Get enough sleep
We spend around a third of our lives asleep and helps to repair and restore our brains and bodies. As such, ensuring that you get enough sleep and that the sleep you have is effective, is really important.
According to research, a common cause of sleeping problems is sleep hygiene. You can improve your sleep by:
- Having a set bedtime and keeping to a steady sleep schedule
- Dimming lights and putting away electronic devices at least an hour before bed
- Getting regular exercise and natural light exposure in the day
- Avoiding alcohol, nicotine and caffeine in the evening
Have some me time
‘Me time’ is the conscious effort of taking time to relax and recharge on your own. What you get up to will depend on what you find enjoyable but the focus should be on reconnecting with yourself and your mind. This could be anything from doing something creative like baking or drawing to taking yourself out of the house for a massage or spa day.