Are you noticing you aren’t as happy as you used to be? Have you noticed that even though your health is excellent, you don’t feel well inside?

It’s completely normal. Just because you aren’t feeling happy or ‘up’, doesn’t mean you have a mental problem. Mental health has become a growing issue in recent years and it is something that we should talk about.

Things such as anxiety and depression have a significant impact on our society. Also, if you feel you may suffer from anxiety and depression, be sure to get it checked out by a professional or your medical practitioner as they can grow to more significant issues should they be left unchecked.

Otherwise, if you’re feeling down, or not in the mood, here are seven simple ways to get you going, boost your mood and bring peace and joy on a mental level back to your life.

1. Don’t dread things out of your control

You need to understand the difference between things that you can change, and things that you can’t. Once you can do that, you’ll realise how much more simple your life is. Often our brains naturally tend to overthink or panic on things to give us a sense of security.

However often, if you dissect a particular situation that is worrying you, you’ll realise it’s either got nothing to do with you or you can’t change the position or its outcomes.

Once you know that and can let go, you’ll be able to focus on the things that are in your control and that you can change.

2. Become realistic

If you’re the type of person that likes to set personal targets and objectives, setting unrealistic goals may only sound and look good.

By doing this, you are setting yourself up for disappointment and stress. These can be easily avoided by being realistic with yourself, being realistic with your targets and with your surroundings.

Being realistic doesn’t necessarily mean you will underachieve. You can still be productive. You’re only changing your state of mind.

3. Don’t Rush Yourself

When making an important decision or confronted by a critical situation, keep your calm and composure. By letting your external environment to affect your mood and increase your stress, you won’t be able to think critically and often make bad decisions and choices.

During these times, always remember to keep your cool. By staying in this frame of mind, your mood will generally be better.

4. Be Nice To People

Kindness is one of the best ways to bring happiness to your life. Even though it may sound cheesy, it is known to work exceptionally well.

By showing kindness and sympathy to others and experiencing it in return, will help to put you in a positive frame of mind. By having positive conversations with others, showing an act of kindness by smiling or giving can improve your mood significantly.

This can also work in the opposite effect. By frowning or opposing someone, this can negatively impact your mood. Make sure you are self-aware of the things you do or say to other people.

5. Take the time to Reflect On yourself

When we are flustered, bored, tired to upset, we often forget and take for granted the things we are grateful for in our lives. People who suffer from depression usually find this hard as their frame of mind has already become distorted.

It’s important to take a minute out of every day to reflect upon the things you have achieved, the things you already have that you can’t live without and the people and material necessities you are genuinely grateful for. These things are essential for your mental health.

When you can practice this consistently, your life will be more at peace, and your mood will significantly improve.

6. Talk More

If you’re ever down or notice your mental health is beginning to take a toll, it may be time to speak with people.

Whether it be your mother, your friend or a professional, talking about your feelings and your internal concerns and behaviours can help to release things like tensions or stress you may be feeling.

This also gives you the chance to learn from the advice of others. By keeping it to yourself and suppressing your mental issues, this will bring your mood down and can lead to severe problems. Get social before it’s too late.

7. Rest If You Need To

If your physical health is in poor condition, it’s doubtful your mental health can be the polar opposite. One of the best ways to improve your mental health is to try and improve your physical health.

Also, rest is one of the best and most straightforward forms of going about this. By being well rested, your mind will have better clarity, your body will feel better rested, and your mind will be at ease. The body and mind will function better this way.

It’s completely normal to feel down. It’s not normal at all to be happy 24 hours a day. However, when you’re feeling down, it’s important to know how to handle it the right way. If it’s starting to feel like it’s out of your control, seeking help is the best thing to do.

Head over to the Okadoc app to immediately book an appointment with your health practitioner.