5 Daily Practices to Boost Your Mental Health


We live in turbulent times, grappling with safety, health, self-worth, and the choices made for us. Our bodies, relationships, careers, and finances all seem to be in flux. There’s an undeniable need for healing as we navigate through the global mental health crisis amplified by the pandemic, economic recession, political unrest, and cultural divisions. But there’s hope. By adopting daily practices to boost your mental health, we can find a path to happiness and health.

A Wake-Up Call for Mental Health

Today’s world is filled with disconnected, anxious, and depressed individuals. Could this crisis be a wake-up call? Just as physical pain signals us to seek medical help, emotional pain indicates something’s out of alignment with our true nature. This global crisis might be our true selves screaming for attention, begging us to realign and heal.

World Mental Health Day: A Call to Action

Today is World Mental Health Day, a day to vocalize the importance of mental health and well-being. It’s a time to give special attention to those experiencing mental health problems and to rekindle our efforts to make mental health care a reality for everyone.

Mental Hygiene and Daily Practices that Boost Your Mental Health

Why don’t we talk openly about our mental health? We discuss physical ailments without hesitation, yet we shy away from discussing our emotional pain, mood swings, and anxieties. Mental health awareness is still limited, and psychological issues remain a taboo in many families. In many parts of the world, help is simply not available to those in need.

Mental hygiene is crucial. Just as we shower and brush our teeth daily, we must also care for our mental health. Here are five essential daily practices for mental health improvement:

1. Meditation and Mindfulness Practices

Meditation and mindfulness are powerful tools to extend calmness and relaxation. They help stop ruminating thoughts and reduce stress. Whether you prefer traditional meditation, journaling, or praying combined with deep breaths, these practices can significantly impact mental well-being. Nowadays, there are many apps like Headspace available to support you on your journey to boost your mental health and become a calmer, healthier, happier of you.

2. Physical Activity

Exercising benefits both body and mind. Chemicals like endorphins and serotonin boost your mood during physical activity. Whether it’s cycling, jogging, or engaging in local sports, exercise improves sleep quality, concentration, and self-confidence, offering a break from daily stressors.

3. Time in Nature

Spending time outdoors can strongly benefit mental health. Whether you enjoy cycling through scenic landscapes, hiking in lush forests, or simply spending time in green spaces, nature enhances focus, creativity, and joy. It reduces tension and anger while increasing a sense of connection.

4. Engage in Conversations and Practice Kindness

A friendly conversation or a kind gesture can uplift your mood. Engaging in social interactions, volunteering, or simply smiling at a stranger can reduce loneliness and create a sense of belonging. Human connections are essential, especially in our digital age.

5. Be Kind to Yourself

Your thoughts and words have immense power. Daily affirmations like “I am enough” can boost your self-esteem. Treat yourself with kindness and compassion. Your relationship with yourself is the longest one you’ll have, so make it a positive and loving one.

You’re Not Alone

These practices can significantly improve well-being and prevent mental health issues. However, there will be times when professional help is necessary. Talking to someone you trust or a professional can provide immense relief and support.

Mental health is not a conceit. It’s not based on the absence of mental disorders. It is not something to postpone for the future. Well-being should never be last in line. Don’t neglect it.

Mental health is connection.

To a Tribe.

To Nature.

To Yourself.

To your heart’s desire, and your purpose.

Make time for it, practice it daily, and make it your priority.


Q: How can I start meditating if I’ve never done it before?

A: Start with just a few minutes each day. There are many apps and online resources tailored for beginners, including guided meditations.

Q: What physical activities are recommended for mental health?

A: Activities like cycling, walking in nature, or participating in local sports can boost mental health. Natural landscapes offer beautiful places to explore and exercise.

Q: How can I find a mental health professional in my area?

A: Many mental health professionals can be found through local health services or online directories.

Q: What are some simple ways to be kinder to myself daily?

A: Practice daily affirmations, take breaks when needed, and engage in activities you enjoy. Self-compassion is key.

Q: How can the resources from organizations like WHO, NIMH, and MHA help improve and boost your mental health?

A: Resources from reputable organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offer valuable information on mental health conditions, treatments, and self-care strategies. These organizations provide evidence-based guidelines, support tools, and educational materials that can help you understand your mental health better and find effective ways to improve it. For instance, you can explore WHO’s global insights on mental health, NIMH’s research-based information on various mental health disorders, and MHA’s screening tools and community resources. Utilizing these resources can empower you to take proactive steps toward maintaining and enhancing your mental well-being.

Q: What are the benefits of seeking therapy for mental health issues?

A: Seeking therapy for mental health issues can provide numerous benefits, including personalized support, coping strategies, and a safe space to discuss your thoughts and feelings. Therapy can help you gain a better understanding of your mental health, get to the root cause of your struggles, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and work through challenging emotions or life situations. If you’re considering therapy, you might find this page helpful. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help, as it can be a significant step towards achieving better mental health and overall well-being.

About the author

Psychologist, RTT Therapist trained by world-class therapist Marisa Peer, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Coach

Result-oriented therapist, focused on treating the root cause of an issue, resilient mindset shifts, reprogramming subconscious beliefs and building lifelong habits that support your transformation

Here to help if you are motivated to take charge of your life, committed to your transformation, value your time and are looking for fast results that stick after as little as 1 – 3 sessions

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