5 Small Habits to Improve Your Mental Wellness

As we go about our busy lives, and cross off days in our calendar filled with due dates and events, the stress from our duties and responsibilities can easily take a toll on our mental health. This is because just like our mood and feelings fluctuate throughout the day, so does our mental wellness during situations of stress and hardship, which can be impossible to avoid completely.

Because we at Psych2Go strive to spread mental health awareness, this includes providing ways to help keep us mentally healthy. So if you’re in need of simple, but effective ways to improve your mental wellness, here are five ways to do so:

1. Make Light of Tough Situations

Along with many other benefits, positivity has proven to affect your outlook on life for the better.

It’s not something that’s mastered over night, but when practiced over time, it can help you be able to shift your mood and thought process during tough times to one that’s more hopeful, optimistic, and accepting. And by giving our thoughts a chance to go down a different, more positive route, a flexible mindset like this can prevent negative feelings from snowballing.

During hard times, being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel can also give you a chance to reflect on what’s happened, and allow you to think about what you might be able to learn from the situation, instead of dreading over why it’s happened to you.

Being able to take a step back and choose to see challenges and bumps in the road as something more than what they are at face value is a great attitude to have in life, and also something that can help keep our mental wellness in check.

2. Practice Gratitude

There are many things we take for granted in our lives, like food, shelter, and even waking up each morning. And while it might sound obvious that these are all very important, it can definitely be easy to forget to feel grateful for things we’re so used to.

Sometimes, we only express gratitude when we finally get our dream job or that perfect test score, but ungrateful and gloomy during failure, or when thinking about what we don’t have. The reality is though, that there’s always something to be grateful for, and studies show that people who practice gratitude are happier, and less prone to depression. By making a habit out of counting your blessings, this can have great effects on your attitude, self-esteem, outlook on life, and mental wellness.

In general, being more optimistic and grateful goes a long way when it comes to the quality of our lives, and is also something that naturally makes us feel like content, happier people.

3. Meditate

When the word “meditation” comes to mind, you might think of it as simply being able to sit still for long periods of time, or you might associate it with a peaceful Buddhist monk sitting cross-legged. But meditation is much more than that, and something that anyone of any background can do!

While there are different reasons a person might choose to meditate, meditation’s main purpose is to become mindful, or aware of your thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness achieved through meditation can help you ground yourself, remind you to be present in the moment, and reduce negative feelings like anxiety and stress. It can also help you identify any destructive habits and thoughts you have.

Proper meditation is something that’s learned with time and practice, but you can start small by spending just a few minutes sitting still each day as you focus on your breath and observe your thoughts.

Overall, meditating is a great habit that can improve your mental wellness, since it’s a simple practice you can do anywhere that brings you clarity of mind, and a chance to press pause when your day gets overwhelming.

4. Put Your Thoughts and Feelings Onto Paper

Writing doesn’t only have to be done when it comes to essays or reports for work. By jotting your thoughts and feelings down onto paper, it can also be something used to help clear your mind and understand your emotions better. This is because like meditation, writing can also encourage mindfulness.

During stressful times, writing down any negative thoughts or emotions you have can not only help you find a root cause for why you feel a certain way, but can also help you find a solution. Being able to physically see your thoughts and feelings on paper can even be enough to make you realize things aren’t as bad as they seem, since our emotions can easily make situations more intense than they really are.

You can also turn writing into a calming, de-stressing hobby, by taking a moment in the day to sit down with a notebook and your favorite pen as you journal about whatever’s on your mind. Whether in a fancy bullet journal or a piece of scrap paper, making a habit out of writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you understand your emotions better, manage stress, and ultimately be something that boosts your mental wellness if it isn’t already something you do.

5. Take Care of Your Body

While physical health and mental health are two different states, they’re also ones that go hand-in-hand. This means if your physical health is neglected, there’s a good chance your mental health might not be in the best shape either.

Luckily, on the other hand, good physical health can help keep your mental wellness in check too. Doing things like getting enough shuteye each night, exercising regularly, and incorporating healthy food into your diet can not only help you steer away from illness, but can improve your mood, confidence, energy, and more.

When our physical health is taken care of, our mental health naturally follows suit, so making sure to tend to our body’s needs is a great habit that can keep our mental wellness in check as well.


Taking care of our mental health is just as important as any other responsibility or duty we have in our lives. It’s essential to going about life as a happy, healthy person, and can be done through something as simple as making small changes to our lifestyle, just like forming new habits.


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