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Use these 5 Methods to Increase Mental Health by Spreading Love

Increasing our mental health by improving the way we feel and how we live each and every day does not have to consist of big changes. Acts of love can help with our mental health. Here are some ways that we can increase mental health by spreading love out into the world one day at a time. Spreading love to other individuals and communities can have a positive effect. Here are 5 ways that we can increase mental health by spreading love out into the world one day at a time.

1. Building Connections

Spend time with friends, family or a community of people. Creating and fostering relationships helps to improve mental health and creates a space for fun, laughter and positive interactions. This can also be a time for emotional support as well as help people grow within themselves.

2. Express Gratitude

Acknowledge and appreciate all of the blessings that you have in your life. Expressing gratitude helps to grow resilience, helps to make relationships stronger, and allow more positive emotions to shine through. These all help improve one’s mental health.

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3. Acts of Kindness

When we show kindness to others it lifts our spirits and makes us feel good about doing something nice for someone else. A simple compliment, volunteering at a food bank or soup kitchen, or even a simple smile to a complete stranger can make us feel a sense of satisfaction which leads to improved mental health.

4. Compassion and Love for Oneself

Practice self-care and self-compassion. It’s important to take care of ourselves so that when we have participated in self-care and have “filled our own cups,” we can then be more available to others and help to care for others and love others. Be kind to yourself and ensure that you give yourself some grace when you make a mistake or have a “learning moment.” We are human and need to remember that and be gentle with ourselves.  Try activities that nourish your mind, body, and spirit, such as meditation, exercising, yoga, a hobby you may have or even just being outside in nature. Ensuring that you give yourself time for self-love and self-compassion gives you the ability to bounce back from a shortcoming, helps reduce stress, and improves overall mental well-being.

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5. Listen and Support Others

When we actively listen to others when they are in need of someone to talk to, ensure that you acknowledge that you are available for emotional support and that you are actively listening and providing the support that they need. Allowing someone a safe space to talk and discuss their situation, and share their feelings allows that person to feel validated and as though they are important in that moment. This allows for trust with both parties and ensures a positive interaction, which leads to a better mental headspace.

By actively engaging in these daily methods in our lives, we can create a world of love and compassion which will cultivate a more resilient, more positive outlook on life and will assist in creating improved mental well-being overall.

For more ideas on how to create increased and improved mental health by spreading love go to the 365give community and you will find some more inspiration or read these blogs:

February is Heart Month: Let’s Spread Love on Social Media #all4love

Patty Benfeito
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I am a mom of 2 amazing teenage boys and I work in the healthcare field in Human Resources. I love spending time with my partner, Tim and our kids. I enjoy reading, going for walks, spending time at the beach and hanging out by the fire pit delighting in bonfires in the summer months and going for long country drives, stopping to grab an ice creram somewhere along the way. My passion in life is to help others and be the change I want to see in the world and hence why I am a part of the 365give.ca team and movement.

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