8 Mental Health Self-Care Tips to Try Right Now | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog



Easy Tips You Can Use Today

Focusing on your external health can be a lot easier than taking care of your mind, but feeling centered mentally is just as important as physical health.

These 8 mental health self-care tips are all straightforward and relatively easy to integrate into your life; all you need is a commitment to turning these into a daily habit.

1. Go outside

The verdict is in: Being outside has scientifically proven health benefits. When you spend time outside, your body gets much-needed vitamin D, your brain can think more creatively, and you may even have an easier time focusing.

2. Take a quick walk

Now that you’re outside, let’s go for a walk. Like being outside, a short, 15-minute walk is good for creativity, concentration, and overall well-being.

3. Take a hike

Nothing clears the mind quite like a hike. Here in the Grand Valley, there’s no shortage of trails to enjoy, and here are some of our favorites:

4. Volunteer in your community

Feeling like you have a sense of purpose is a big driver of overall health and happiness, and volunteering is a wonderful way to find your purpose.

Residents of Colorado’s Grand Valley have plenty of volunteer options to choose from incluidng working with cleaning up the trails to helping with homelessness and everything in between. You can learn more about helping your community here, then sign up to volunteer with a cause you care about. 

5. Read a good book

Reading has a number of health benefits that range from reduced stress to increased empathy. There’s also a specific literary genre associated with decreased depression levels. 

Perhaps surprisingly, self-help books really do help. One study found that reading them while learning how to use the advice in the books was more effective than traditional treatments for depression alone. 

6. Express gratitude

Research has found that high levels of gratitude have a strong positive impact on psychological well-being, self-esteem, and depression. Gratitude journaling is a popular way to practice being more grateful. 

7. Coloring books

Adult coloring books have become increasingly popular over the past several years, and there’s a strong chance you already know someone who has enjoyed the benefits of coloring. Researchers have discovered that daily coloring can lead to lower levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms.

8. Take a digital timeout

The constant barrage of emails, messages, and notifications you receive on your smartphone and computer every day can be mentally draining. Disconnecting from technology gives your brain a well-deserved break, even if 10 minutes on ‘Do Not Disturb’ is all you can spare.