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10 Ways To Improve Mental Health

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You will often hear talk circling around fitness improvement, eating better, earning more and spending more time with friends and family but few people take the time to sit down and reflect upon the state of their mental health. 

There are many examples of successful leaders throughout history who have endured their own mental health and chose to commit the energy and time to reflect and improve their mental health.

Considered one of the most influential Prime Minister in the history of the United Kingdom's, Winston Churchill held the leadership position during the Second World War and saw the destruction and eventually the celebration of the nation. This great leader, as like the Roman Emperor Nero, Princess Diana and Prime Minister John Curtin suffered various forms on mental health issues.

All human beings have the potential to be great leaders, however sometimes daily challenges and unforeseen circumstances can build walls that alter the path of our missions. Just by reading this article, you are taking the first steps to improving your mental health, and your long-term career and leadership success.

10 Ways To Improve Mental Health


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1. Get Enough Sleep


The most obvious, and yet the most common to make excuses against. If you do not have enough time for sleep be sure to schedule time in, the more time you can allocate to rest the more efficient your performance will be when it comes to ticking items off your task list. 

Getting between 7 to 9 hours sleep each night is crucial to staying focused the next day and will automatically improve your motivation throughout the day, not to mention make you feel a lot happier!

2. Drink Water


Feeling irritable and deflated is a common consequence suffered at the hands of dehydration. Drinking 1.5-2 litres of water per day can be a task in itself, particularly if the majority of your day is spent staring at the computer and void of high intensity physical activities. 

This whole article could surround the benefits attributed to water consumption, but just to name a few drinking enough water relieves fatigue, promotes weight loss, flushes out toxins, boosts immune system, prevents cramps and sprains and improves skin complexion….need I see any more?

3. Exercise 30 minutes per Day


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Like sleep many adults claim that they cannot find the time of 30 minutes a day to exercise, to these people I once again suggest that you make time through prioritization.

Exercising is the best natural remedy for stress relief, the quickening of the heart pumps oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system improve efficiency.

Not only will you feel better with improved heart and lung health your sculpted, toned and muscular body will also thank you for it!

4. Consider Your Diet


The advancement of technology has seen a significant change in the food available on the market and the way in which we consume it. The popularity of take-away foods, sugars, high-energy and snack foods have risen over the past 20 years, correlating with the growth of depression and anxiety.

Better quality diets with a reduced consumption of processed food are consistently associated with reduced depression risk and higher performance. 

The regularity of eating and portion control should also be taken into consideration when considering dietary modification.

For example, eating a large meal before bed is likely to make for a very groggy wake the next morning, this is because eating before bed causes your blood sugar to spike and crash before you even wake up resulting in feeling fatigued for the rest of the day.  

5. Dress to Impress 


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Now that you are feeling better on the inside, it is now time to focus on your exterior and the self-brand that is on-display daily. 

Improving confidence is a key component of a healthy mental state, dressing well will radiate self-worth and foster a more positive mental outlook. 

Everyone wants to be remembered, when making that first impression it is not only your personality that has the potential to create a lasting impact but is combined with on-point style. 

However the power if drawing the right kind of attention through the power of being the-best dressed in the room. A small step investment that creates momentous benefits for your mental health and successful career progression. 

6. Don’t just be Prepared, Stay Prepared


For those readers who nodded in agreement when reading not having enough time for sleep and exercise, then chances are you can benefit from some time management ideas.

Time management is not only about ticking items off the need to be done list, but still having enough time left over for things that are important to you and your health.

Each morning when you wake, try focussing on your three priorities for the three main periods of the day. 

For example in the morning your three priorities could be shower, breakfast, school drop-off, you know how long each of these will take so schedule this time with some contingency. Keep bringing yourself back to those top three removing all distractions and eventually your routine will work like clockwork and smaller tasks can be added without the worry of running out of time.

7. Give Yourself


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Previous research indicates that volunteering is linked to good mental health and emotional wellbeing, with a significant improvement in mental health with those respondents aged between 40 and 80+.

In many cases volunteering gave a sense of fulfilment and purpose which then in turn positively impacted their motivation, commitment, and overall mental wellbeing.

Not only does volunteering improve your mood and your self-esteem it also improves your physical health when strenuous activities are involved. 

8. Set Goals


Setting goals that are specific, challenging and achievable will improve your performance as you are less likely to be distracted if you have a time frame and set tasks clearly outlined.

The ‘feel-good’ chemical released in your brain when you achieve something is dopamine, every time you check something off your checklist you get a shot of dopamine which encourages repetition of the corresponding behaviour. 

9. Talk it out


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Humans were not made to live in isolation, take some time out of each day for social interaction, whether it be a chat about the weekend in the office kitchen, offering assistance to a teammate or a heart-to-heart with a friend.

Voicing how you feel in specifics will assist in putting problems in perspective and also boost your morale and feeling of inclusion and support. 

10. Get your Finances in Order


Poor mental health means managing money can be more difficult, as often funds are spent to make yourself feel better or impulsive decisions are made without any long-term goal in focus.

If you find yourself worrying about finances and investments, it is recommended that you create a specific strategy to manage your money, or even ask for professional help.

Wrapping Up 


Without an active and healthy mental state it is impossible to succeed in any dimension of your life.

Poor concentration will impact your working life, lack of motivation may cause tension between family and friends and poor finances will chew on your self-confidence.

Follow this ten-step guide and invest the time in self-improvement, taking the opportunity NOW to put these steps into action for a more successful future!

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” - Maya Angelou

Be GREAT! 
Daniel Smith is a freelance writer for Perth based accounting firm Brentnalls WA.
He comes from a publishing background in numerous Australian financial publications and endeavors to make the complicated...simple. 

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