What did you do that greatly improved your mental health?

What did you do that greatly improved your mental health?

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  1. I’m battling anxiety and depression myself and I’ve heard a million people saying that regular exercise is on the best things you can do for your mental health.

    I’m trying to start working out myself… Although I’ve been planning to start out for a while now, but I’ve been building up to it very slowly so that it doesn’t become overwhelming. I kinda started by accident when the elevator in our office was out of service and we had to take the stairs 3 floors up, it was a horrible experience back then but over-time I’ve come to trying it our again a few times and actually don’t nearly pass out when I reach the top like I did the first time. So yay me I suppose… 😁

  2. The simplest thing was thinking positively. Used to, when someone would ask me how I was doing, I’d respond “pretty crappy” because it was funny and unexpected – but I realized I was starting to feel pretty crappy. One day, I decided to start saying “fantastic,” because it’s hard to say that and not feel fantastic. It works. I can still throw in sarcasm and make it crappy but I usually don’t. Sometimes, when I’m down, I’ll ask someone how they’re doing so that they will, politely, ask me back – and then I get to feel fantastic!

  3. I said screw it I’m going to do what’s best for me and make my well being a priority. I got the surgery I needed, simplified my life, got a diagnosis and meds for other issues, began doing the things I love a stopped spending my time so much on others.

  4. I adopted different thinking style. For instance when I get a bad grade, instead of “F this S I’m F useless…” I go “Oh well that didn’t go to plan. Guess I’ll have to learn it better and take a correction exam next time possible.”

  5. OCD and anxiety disorders: I can’t help my compulsions or tics, but meditation helped greatly with my intrusive thoughts. And not that “sit in silence with incense” stuff. I mean by truly allowing my thoughts in and welcoming them, I pretty much desensitized myself to them.

  6. Yoga/working out/meditation. If you find time to do all three of those each week, you are going to feel a least a little bit better. Mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health are all connected to each other.

  7. If you go to therapy for $50/month, you might as well get gym membership or a taught hobby costing $50/month. You get the social interaction and pretend you got your life figured out.

  8. Started being more open to those I trust about how I felt mentally, and then I worked up to getting tested.

    For years I lived believing I would fake it til I made it. Even therapy wasn’t much help and I’d been going since I was 7. After recovering from a horrible mental break I had a little over a year ago, I made a huge change. New therapist, accurately diagnosed, full honesty with my support system. Progress is slow but I know I’m on the right path now.

  9. I literally literally literally and very literally find logical explanations for everything while deep down knowing its pretty bad as it is but I try to rationalise everything in a way it allows me to process information bit by bit without actually causing too much damage to my mental health.
    If I find something very upsetting that I know will indirectly or directly cause my mental health to decline, I start processing it by picking logical reasoning while also understanding I’m bullshitting just to calm myself. Idk how it works and idk if I’m explaining well but it has done wonders for me.
    Say I’ve had a gap years for my education approx 5 ish, now I know its getting pretty late for basic bachelors education and everyone that was with me in high-school is either done and on a job or almost done but I also tell myself that I’m not in a race with anyone, my circumstances are different, eventually I’ll get there, I have goals too, here’s my plan (recalling my plan step by step) somehow this helps me stay calm.

  10. Art, nature, movie nights, cooking and simple exercise. Pretty much reminding yourself to not be too harsh on your self and everything in life and to smile about small things. Make things a little bit better each day

  11. Started doing workouts at home and it’s changed my life! I knew that if I were to start exercising I had to make it as comfortable as possible for me to stay consistent and it’s been amazing for both body and soul.

  12. Treadmill and books on tape. An hour a day of just walking listening to a book and shutting off everything else. Completely ended my seasonal depression in a matter of weeks. Note, I am not saying it cures depression, that is a chemical imbalance. But for “the blues” nothing works like a little exercise and mindless novels.

  13. Instead of just waking up and laying in bed for 5+ hours, I actually get up, eat breakfast, take care of my cat, do my hair, take care of my skin, shower and wash myself, make food, go outside and ride a bike and actually socialize with everyone else. This might seem like the norm for everyone else but for someone like me, this is like the ideal life style I want to keep for myself for the rest of my life. This is because I used to struggle with depression and just lay down on my bed all week with my hair matting together, my body smelling horrible, staying up only on my phone and always in a pissy mood and it was just overall horrible. I’m so glad I finally got back into a healthier routine for myself. It makes my life so much clearer and easier to handle.

  14. Literally the opposite of whatever thousands of ‘”people”‘ on a ***screen*** tell you to do.

    Be less American? Be more American.
    Be less masculine? Be more masculine.
    Be less white? Be more white.

    Always do the opposite of what THEY say.

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