The mind is everything and your thoughts rule your life. So one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your life is to improve your mental health. Here are four ways to do just that:
1. Practice Gratitude
Make a list of 3 things (or people) you're grateful for every single day. This is a non-negotiable habit if you want to improve your mental health. It's impossible to be blue when you're feeling grateful. The simple act of making a short gratitude list transforms your thoughts from fear to love. It only takes a few minutes, but the practice is pottent!
2. Get Comfortable with Discomfort
We turn to bad habits and avoid our own emotions because we're not comfortable with discomfort. But when we stay with the uncomfotable feelings, we allow them to be seen and then to run their course. Whenever you feel discomfort (like anxiety) know that this too shall pass. Stay open and embrace the discomfort. It will make you mentally stronger.
3. Visualize the Worst
This is the opposite of positive visualization. While it might sound counterintuitive, it's an effective visualization technique rooted in Stoic philosophy. Imagine the worst positive outcome. You lose your job. You lose your house. You lose a loved one. Close your eyes and feel what the excruciating pain feels like. Do this for a few minutes and then open your eyes. Look around and realize that these things haven't come to pass. See the world through fresh eyes. This technique helps you cultivate appreciation.
4. Take care of your gut
Your gut is your second brain. If you feed it right it will feed your mind in the most positive way. So, eat probiotic rich foods and cut out all processed and artifical ones. Drink spring water. Minimize alcohol intake. Drink bone broth. You'll produce more serotonin and become a happier, healthier human being.
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