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Want to Improve Your Mental Health? Try This

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

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Want to Improve Your Mental Health? Try This

Improving your mental health is always challenging when you live with a mental illness. Get simple ideas that produce big results. Read this.How can caring for something else improve your mental health, well-being and level of happiness? (How To Be Happier?) After all, when you are struggling with a mental illness, finding a joyful mindset is stressful, even painful at times. Who needs more work? Consider this, however, when you take responsibility for something or someone, you could gain some happiness without realizing it.

Even though you should always put your personal happiness first, there are ways to improve your mental health, happiness and well-being without it being work. When you focus on caring for something or someone else, you feel a sense of compassion and contentment. Alongside that contentment often comes a feeling of happiness because you are proud of the responsibility you have taken on. When you are proud of yourself, you are able to wash away some of the insecurities that have been clinging to you and replace them with feelings of confidence and positivity.

3 Ways To Improve Mental Health, Well-being and Get Results

  1. Taking Care of a Plant. When you have a plant to take care of, you not only must water it and continue to check the health, you get to watch it grow and blossom. Just buy purchasing a small bamboo tree, cactus or even picking flowers, you can support the life of a plant while supporting your life as well.
  2. Taking Care of a Pet. Whether you are taking a care of a goldfish or a dog, you are providing happiness for a living, breathing life and just by having that responsibility, you will be able to improve your focus. Fostering an animal or dog/cat-sitting can be a heart-warming way to show you care. (Animal Therapy: Easing Anxiety With An Animal)
  3. Volunteering. When you are doing something without payment, you are doing those activities out of the goodness of your heart. Volunteering is a great way to give back and, in turn, fill yourself with the compassion you shared with others.

Articles Related to Self-Care and Caring for Others

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: In what ways has caring for something (garden, pet) or someone helped improve your mental health, emotional well-being and confidence? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.

Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

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

  1. “High-Functioning” Bipolar Disorder
  2. Tips to Overcome The Isolation Habit After Domestic Abuse
  3. 5 Ways of Dealing with Verbally Abusive Relationships

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

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.

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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+.

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Latest Mental Health News

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

  • Research Flags Potentially High Rate Of Medication Nonadherence Among Those With Serious Mental Illness
  • Mindfulness And Antidepressants Offer 'Similar Level Of Protection' Against Depression
  • Children Taught About Sexual Abuse More Likely To Report It
  • Laughter Is An Effective Catalyst For New Relationships
  • It’s Not Always Depression. Sometimes, It’s Shame
  • Heart Valve Repair Improves Emotional Wellbeing In Patients With Mitral Regurgitation
  • Study Of Veterans Finds Family Support During Deployment Reduces Suicidal Thoughts

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

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Last Updated: 23 April 2015
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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