• Kallie Klug

4 Ways to Boost Your Mental Health

Winter in lockdown can sometimes get boring and feel like it drags on. Even worse, we start to feel sluggish, depressed, and out of sorts. Here are four simple (but effective!) ways to give your mental health a boost today.

  1. Drink more water! It sounds so simple and that’s because it is… but it’s something many of us don’t do enough! Water makes up nearly 70% of our bodies and so when we are dehydrated, we can encounter pain throughout the body as well as brain fog. Water lubricates your joints, acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord, and makes up most of the composition of blood. When you’re not properly hydrated, you may experience headaches, poor concentration and even loss of short term memory. So, what are you drinking right now? If you’re not drinking water, go get some.

  2. Move everyday. Whether it’s walking by the beach, doing yoga, going for a run, dancing, or lifting weights, find some find in your day to get your blood flowing. Exercise is proven to lower cortisol- the stress hormone- in the brain and increase endorphins - the “feel good” hormone. So if you’re feeling crummy, try taking a walk outside for 45 minutes and see how you feel after.

  3. Go to sleep before 10 PM. It’s so easy in winter to get caught up in that early sunset. For me, the time gets away from me so far because 6PM feels the same as 11PM- it’s just dark! Going to sleep before 10 PM is so vital because the body wants to adhere to its circadian rhythm. Between the hours of 10PM and 2AM, your body is able to get it’s deepest rest when the body does it’s true healing.

  4. Try a cold plunge. If you’ve never heard of the Wim Hof Method, look him up! Wim Hof believes (and this has now been backed by science) that spending time in the cold can help to improve your immune system, reduce inflammation, and reduce symptoms of depression. If you don’t have a frozen pond out back, just try taking a cold shower. Because I so value my warm showers, I just end my showers on cold. You can gradually increase the length of time you spend in your cold shower as you start to build up a tolerance over time.

Moving better, breathing better, and eating better all help with our mental health and the quality of how we feel each day. Try weaving these four simple tricks into your day and see if it makes a difference for you.

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