No matter your age, it is always important to prioritize your mental health. By doing so, you can live a more enjoyable life that is free of stress and anxiety. With that in mind, The Therapists’ Network has compiled a list of eight unique and exciting ways that you can improve your mental health and be happier overall.

  1. Start a Non-Profit

One of the best ways to feel better is to help others feel better as well. To do so, you can either work at a local organization like a soup kitchen, or you can start your own non-profit organization. If you do, you will need to go through several steps in order to become legitimate, including creating bylaws that describe your operations and setting rules for conflicts of interest. However, if you do your research and properly set up your organization, then you can do a lot of good.

  1. Forest Bathe

Sometimes, the best way to improve our mental health is to get away from it all and take a hike outside. When you do, consider forest bathing, which means taking a walk through the forest but really taking in all the beauty using all five of your senses. Nature is a great way to soothe our minds because it brings us back to a natural place where we can be truly happy.

  1. Clear the Clutter From Your Life

One of the reasons you might be so stressed may be because your home is a bit messier than it needs to be. When we are unorganized, we feel like we lose control of our surroundings and that is never good for our mental health. You can regain control by decluttering your house one room at a time and donating the items you don’t use anymore. Then, make it a point to vacuum, clean the windows, and mop the floors so you can start from a clean and fresh slate.

  1. Get a Pet

Another reason why you may feel sad or stressed is that you crave companionship, and a good way to cure that issue is by getting a pet. Dogs and cats are great companions because they are always there by your side and they will never refuse a hug.  However, it is worth saying, pets can be expensive and come with great responsibility.  If you want to get a pet research the idea thoroughly, ask other owners with the same type of pet and ensure you are fully prepared.  For their sake, as well as yours.

  1. Try a New Recipe

Some people feel down because they don’t feel challenged in life, so take this opportunity to try something new like cooking a new recipe. Even if you are not a great cook, taking random ingredients and perfecting a delicious dish can be incredibly rewarding. Share it with your family and friends and have a fun meal that you won’t soon forget.

  1. Tour Your Own Town

We all love to go on vacation and experience new things, but if you can’t afford to take a trip, there are still options. You don’t necessarily need to go across the world to see new things because you can just tour your own town. You may think that you have seen everything your city has to offer, but by doing some research online, you can find new activities, and it could lift your spirits.

  1. Get Outside

Regardless of what you choose to do, you can feel better just by being outside. That is because the sun provides our body with vitamin D, which experts say is a great way to fight off depression and anxiety.

  1. Talk to Someone

While you may not feel like you have any issues with mental health now, by talking about your feelings, you can release any stress you do have so it doesn’t build up in the future. You can choose to talk to your friends or family, or you could speak to a professional.

Use some of the ideas above to prioritize your mental health. And if you are struggling with depression and mental health issues, don’t hesitate to seek help. After all, it takes courage to reach out, but it’s often the best thing you can do for your own recovery.

The Therapists’ Network aims to create a heart-led safe space for all Therapists and Coaches to gain friendship, support and training. This in turn pays forward to their clients and the public at large. Let us know if you have any questions!

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