Mental Health Hacks
Mental Health Hacks
Our nervous system is like a supercomputer. It operates its programming influenced by all the data we consume.
We can all agree the importance of mental health has been on display over the past 12 months.
The data we have been consuming has been distorted in so many ways.
So then, how can we approach a more balanced system. Below we have collected hacks you can implement today to find more of a centering approach.
Practice self-care and make yourself a priority.
The first step in practicing self-care is to take care of your body. In order to do this it is important to:
- Eat a healthy diet – research has shown that what you eat—and don’t eat—affects the way you think and feel.
- Exercise, which can help decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods.
- Get enough sleep and find other ways to rest your body like floating, meditation, massage.
Disconnect from electronics and social media.
Consider adding an electronics-free time period to your day. Taking time to unplug and disconnect from the constant stream of emails and alerts will allow you to interact with people face to face and will help reduce the many feelings of FOMO that social media can often stir-up.
Engage in activities that provide meaning.
Partake in activities that make you feel happy, productive, and challenge your creativity. Whether through drawing, taking an exercise class, going out to dinner with friends or caring for a pet, spending quality time with those who matter to you can make you feel good.
The meaning and purpose derived from helping others or the community can enrich and expand your life—and make you happier. There’s no limit to the individual and group volunteer opportunities you can explore. Schools, places of worship, nonprofits, and charitable organizations of all sorts depend on volunteers for help in any capacity.
Engage in meditation and/or mindfulness.
Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calmer. Floating is the ultimate meditation space.
Avoid heavy substance use.
It is important to keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Many people use alcohol and other drugs to "self-medicate" but in reality, substance use may get in the way of your ability to function at work or school, maintain a stable home life, handle life’s difficulties, and relate to others.
Get help from a licensed mental health professional when and if you need it. Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness.
Just as it requires effort to build and maintain physical health, so it is with mental health.
This list was provided by Brain & Behavior research foundation.
At Float Society we have many tools to assist you on your journey towards balance. We have built a community ready to help. If you need a hand or in a dark place or know someone struggling please share this list with them.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you ever need someone to talk to.
Much love & buoyancy
The Float Society