Improving Your Mental Health

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting

Mar 17, 2020

I consider myself a pretty positive person. To me, good mental health is trying to see the positive in every situation – the “every problem has a solution” type of approach.  A good mental health is more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues; it denotes the presence of positive characteristics. Just as physically fit people are better able to recover from illness or injury, people with a positive mental health are better able to bounce back from stress, trauma, and adversity.  

This doesn’t mean you will never experience hard times or experience emotional situations.  Take our current situation with COVID-19, for example.  But people who are mentally fit have the tools for coping with difficult situations and maintaining a positive outlook.  Their affirmative outlook makes them less afraid of new experiences, or an uncertain future with a world-wide virus outbreak. Even in situations where they don’t immediately know how a problem will get resolved, they are hopeful that a solution will eventually be found.  “Every problem has a solution.”  

Whether you’re looking to cope with the stress of COVID-19, how handle your emotions better, or simply need to feel more positive and energetic, there are plenty of ways to take control of your mental health. Try these tips to keep your balance, or help re-balance yourself.  


Surround yourself with people who think positively. The energy of other people has a large impact on how you feel.  People with strong positive family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network.  

As I’m sure you have experienced, like the rest of us, social media can bring a lot of negativity.  To help improve your mental health, stop following people and pages that affect you negatively.  It is one thing to be able to read a post or snap then move on, but if this person or page affects you to the point of affecting your mental health, it’s probably best to let it go.



Find something that brings you joy and do it as often as you can. I make it a point to call a relative or friend I haven’t spoken to in a long time at least once a week. Not only does it make me feel better to connect, but it builds their mental health too!  Everyone wants to feel important. What a difference a simple phone call can make! 

My sister-in-law paints.  She has a talent I can’t even fathom.  She has created a daily journal through ink drawings.  Every day, she puts pen to paper to create a unique memory. Not only does this help her mental health, but it also creates a lasting memory for her two girls.



There is no better cheerleader to boost your mental health than yourself. Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies, favorite projects, take dance lessons, plant a garden, learn to play an instrument, or become fluent in another language. Tell your mirror self how great you are. No judgements. I do it too! Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. After all, laughter is the best medicine.  It can boost the immune system, and reduce stress.  

Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You'll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need. Taking value of others boosts value in yourself. Like Tommy Lofton says, “When we help others, we help ourselves.”



Yes, your physical health does affect your mental health. Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to:  

  • Eat nutritious meals
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise
  • Get plenty of sleep



Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Everyone needs good coping skills to deal with stress.  Exercise, play with your pet, take a walk, or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Relaxation exercises, like meditation, and prayer can improve your state of mind and overall outlook on life. When you are faced with stress, take a time to walk away to quiet your mind.



Seeking help is NOT a sign of weakness.  Not everyone can cope with stress and may need professional help.  People who get appropriate care can recover from stress, mental illness, and addiction. The first step is recognizing that you need help.


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