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Small Ways to Improve Your Mental Health in 2020

Published on January 13th, 2020

The start of a new decade is a fresh slate for all of us! If you’ve struggled with mental health in the past, know that you’re not alone. According to the National Alliance of Mental Health, approximately 19.1 percent of U.S. adults, or 47.6 million people, suffered from some sort of mental illness in 2018 alone. Start the decade on a positive note by implementing the following into your mindset and routine.

Be Optimistic

Looking on the bright side can actually impact your physical health for the better. Those who are generally optimistic are more likely to eat healthier, have stronger immune systems, have a 35 percent less chance of developing a stroke and can even live longer. While being an optimist doesn’t mean that all of your stressors disappear, it helps you prepare for obstacles. In fact, optimism is something that you can practice and improve upon to ultimately implement into your daily life.

Volunteer

Put the wellbeing of other people (or animals) before yourself this year. The act of giving can help improve your health by potentially reducing your sense of pain. Studies show that people who donated money to orphans were less sensitive to an electric shock than those who didn’t give at all.

Increase Social Connections

Whether you are socially connected to family, friends, coworkers or other people in the community, the importance of being connected cannot be overstated! In general, good relationships with other humans allows us to live happier and healthier lives. If you need more help fostering positive relationships, our adolescent therapy in St. Paul can teach you the skills that you need to succeed.

Let’s work together to make this year, and this decade, full of positive experiences and relationships! Our team is only a phone call away and can help with a multitude of roadblocks.

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