8 Things to Do Every Day to Enhance Mental Health

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Is it possible to enhance your mental health with every day actions? Learn 8 things you can do every day to enhance your mental health.

8 Things to Do Every Day to Enhance Mental Health

Is it possible to enhance mental health when living with mental illness can be stressful in so many ways every single day? Mental illness affects someone's whole being—thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Sometimes, it can be hard to just get out of bed. Or, it can be hard to calm down and focus. Other challenges abound. (Finding the Motivation to Recover from Mental Illness)

Each person is uniquely affected by his/her specific mental illness, yet there are things that everyone can do daily to take charge and create true wellbeing. These eight things you can do every day help the physical aspects of the brain and body as well as thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

  1. Take 10 slow, deep breaths. (Or blow bubbles) Repeat throughout the day.
  2. March or jog in place. Do jumping jacks. Or pushups. Just move to stimulate both your body and brain.
  3. Create a daily goal, and list little steps you need to take to accomplish it.
  4. Embark on a stroll, inside or outside, and intentionally notice positive things around you.
  5. Acknowledge the awful things you're dealing with and take note of how you're surviving. What can you do more of to keep getting through the tough stuff?
  6. Practice noticing your thoughts. Identify, challenge, and replace the unhealthy ones. Repeat, because doing this takes practice.
  7. Color or draw.
  8. Do at least one thing you love every day.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. When Bipolar Medication Doesn’t Work
  2. Depression – I Can’t Make a Decision, Everything Feels Wrong
  3. BPD and Romantic Relationships: If You Really Loved Me

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

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Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Eviction Multiplies Mental And Physical Health Risk By 13, According To A Pioneering Study
  • Simultaneous Cocaine, Alcohol Use Linked To Suicide Risk
  • Patients With Learning Disabilities Less Likely To Be Diagnosed With Cancer, But Have Higher Rates Of Serious Mental Health Issues
  • Live Music Shown To Reduce Stress Hormones
  • Rewarding Children With Food Could Lead To Emotional Eating
  • Beyond Causing Memory Problems, Alzheimer's Disease Also Impairs Visual Face Perception
  • Clinicians Experience Secondary Trauma When A Mother Or Infant Experiences Harm During Childbirth
  • Gray Matter Abnormality Predicts Neurodevelopmental Problems In Smaller Premature Babies

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, June 3). 8 Things to Do Every Day to Enhance Mental Health , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 25 from

Last Updated: June 3, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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