Every day, we seek ways to improve our health and well-being. Sometimes, diet and nutrition are not enough. Stress, poor lift, and lack of mental exercise may impair brain function and memory. To enjoy good mental health, it's necessary to look beyond exercise and diet.
Interested to find out more? Here are a few ways to elevate your mood and keep your brain sharp until late in life:
Enjoy the Outdoors
Use Positive Affirmations
Your thoughts shape your reality. How you think about yourself can impact your mood, confidence, and behavior. Psychologists recommend using positive affirmations for good reason. It's one of the best ways to strengthen the neural pathways that influence mental well-being and self-esteem.
Start by writing down your strengths. Remind yourself that you don’t have to be perfect. Next, make a list of positive affirmations based on your strength and life goals.
For instance, you could tell yourself things like: Every day, I'm closer to my dream career. Failure only makes me stronger and opens up new opportunities.
Practice positive affirmations in the morning, before bedtime, or whenever it works best for you. The key is to make a habit out of it.
Take a Break from Technology
Modern technology is a double-edged sword. Even though it makes our lives easier, it also keeps us from actually living. For instance, researchers have linked social media to poor self-esteem, depressive symptoms, paranoia, and anxiety.
Another concern is the so-called FOMO, which stands for the Fear of Missing Out. This psychological and social phenomenon is what causes social media addiction.
Don’t be afraid to turn off your PC and smartphone once in a while. Take a short technology break every day by doing other activities, such as reading a book or tending your gardens.