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As mental health becomes a bigger concern for us all, many people are eager to find ways to improve their own mental health. While you may have the interest, you may not quite know how to engage in activities that will strengthen your emotional and cognitive health. Here are just a few ideas to help you get started.

Take a Break from Social Media

Studies have found that social media actually contributes to poor mental health. Users become so obsessed with getting likes on their pictures and posts that not getting the expected reaction can trigger depressive or anxious episodes. Take a break from social media for a day or two to refocus your energy.

Turn Off Electronics an Hour Before Bed

There are two reasons to do shut off your devices at night. First, the blue light that screens give off disrupts the brain’s ability to regulate sleep. By tuning out an hour before bed, you’ll be giving your brain time to shut itself down. The second reason is that the extra hour will give you time to relax and de-stress. Meditate, take a bath, read a book, or listen to music.

Get Back to Nature

Just getting outdoors is enough to help reduce stress and boost your mood. Try walking around the block or take some time out of your day to walk through a local park to regain your mental focus. Spending time outdoors can improve your creativity, productivity, and general cognitive strength.

Spend Time With Loved Ones

Spending time with the loved ones in your life is a great way to improve your overall mental health. Life can be hectic and sometimes you find your self in a routine day in and out where you don’t make time for the people that matter in your life. Take some time out of the day or just spend a day with your family and loved ones to help de-stress your life.

When it comes to promoting better mental health, you really only have to do those things you should be doing anyway. Physical exercise, spending time with loved ones, and other relaxing activities will all help you stay mentally fit. Additionally, engaging in any activity that helps you feel relaxed or happy will also benefit your mental health.