Sometimes having the 'glass half full' mindset is easier said than done. With the past year (or more) being particularly tricky, taking care of your mental health is more important now than ever.
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Everyone struggles with their moods from time to time, and that is common, particularly during rough patches. But, if you're feeling 'down' more than usual at the moment, we're here to let you know that 30.6% of men have suffered from a period of depression in their lifetime - so you're certainly not alone!
If you think you are suffering from depression, it's essential to talk about it with a friend, family member or total stranger! However, if you're on the road to recovery or simply need some day-to-day coping methods, check out our 10 Smart Tips To Staying Positive.
At the end of the day, before you go to bed, jot down three good things that have happened that day. Now, this might sound hard (especially if you're going through a rough patch); however, these three things don't have to be anything particularly significant.
These 'good things' can be anything from "I enjoyed my coffee this morning" to "the woman across the road waved at me today", heck it can even be as simple as "I managed to get out of bed". However small, jot them down! It will leave you thinking of the positive as your drift off to sleep.
Everyone knows that it's essential to stay hydrated, but did you know it is vital for your mental health?
Drinking water increases your brain temperature and removes dead cells and toxins. Water helps keep your brain active and healthy, decreasing stress and anxiety.
Fresh air and exercise! It's a winning combination.
According to Walking For Health, physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed.
Walking improves your self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality whilst reducing stress, anxiety and fatigue.
Are there events or places that make you feel more anxious than usual? Perhaps there is a particular environment in which you begin to feel less positive?
Of course, people undergo word-related stress all the time, but if your job has a seriously negative impact on your mental health, it might be time to think about a different career.
The same can be said about social situations. Avoid events or social groups that bring you down. Having supportive friends that make you feel good will boost and support your mental health.
If your mind is a little all over the place, and you're struggling to keep track, then make a daily schedule. Writing down the things you need to do every day will help you keep track and focus on the task at hand.
When you're suffering from a negative mindset, the day can feel like a marathon. Planning your day will help you approach it with baby steps and keep your mind active.
Hobbies are a fantastic way to stay positive and provide a break from the 'norm' of the day-to-day. A good hobby will relax your mind, relieve stress and anxiety, and help you make friends.
Check out our blog - 8 hobbies for men to try in 2021 for inspiration.
It's the old saying - "help others to help yourself".
By encouraging others to feel positive, you, in turn, will reap the benefits. It feels good to make others feel good! So try helping others overcome their problems. Share compliments and words of encouragement to those around you; these can be as simple as asking, "how are you?".
In our blog Why Is It Important For Men To Talk About Their Mental Health? We talk about why so many men find it hard to talk about their mental health. Toxic masculinity, stigma and singularity are all to blame, but these are things you can overcome with help and support.
Overcoming your deeper problems will help you to feel more positive every day. Try talking to a close friend or relative, or if you feel uncomfortable speaking to someone you know, get in touch with an anonymous support group like The Samaritans USA. Airing your issues in the open will lead to a more positive lifestyle.
Don't make a mountain out of a mole-hill.
For example, you could get the train, that is fast and cheap, but you need to change three times, walk for two miles and carry tons of bags. Or you can get the bus, which is slightly longer but stops right outside your house. On your down days, opt for the bus.
Or, if the dishes need doing and you could srub them by hand for hours or throw them in the dishwasher on repeat, then pick the latter. Yes, it may waste a little water, but your mental health is more important in the long run. Scrub them next time instead!
On days when you're feeling down in the dumps, don't linger on the little things. Take the most straightforward route and don't think about it!
Taking some time for yourself to relax during the day is very important.
If you're feeling negative or stressed, find a quiet spot and think of something positive. Take five deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Breathing deeply gives your mind a few moments to refresh and recharge.