When we get caught up with work and life, sometimes it can be difficult to keep our mental health in check. If you have been struggling lately to keep your mood from dipping, try out these five tips to help you relax, recenter, and improve your mental health.

Drink More Water


This one might be obvious, but making sure you stay hydrated is necessary not only for your physical health but also for your mental health. Dehydration has been shown to lead to short-term memory loss, lower self-esteem, and lower attention spans. Scientists somewhat disagree on how much water you should be drinking every day, especially as our bodies take in water from the food we consume. However, if your consumption is low now, try finding a way to drink more water, whether it be finding an aesthetically pleasing water bottle to keep your water cold, or just adding a straw to make the action easier, make sure you stay hydrated.

Get Outside


Exercise is such a key component of mental health. Whether it is just a quick walk around the block or some morning yoga, get your body moving and take in some sunshine. If it’s too hot for a walk, try going for a swim instead. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and teens in the United States swim more than any other activity. Swimming can be easier on joints, making it an effective way to get moving even if you have chronic pain.

Create a Luxurious Skincare Routine


Whether this means creating a quick and effective routine and sticking to it or making your skincare routine as luxurious as possible, make your skincare routine a time to relax and reflect. If you want a full reset, give micro-needling a try. Dermarollers are both popular and cost-effective. They are made up of tiny micro-needles ranging from 0.5-2.5 millimeters in diameter, according to Elle. Micro-needling allows products to penetrate deeper into the skin and is effective in helping to resurface the skin.

Limit Phone Usage


I know, I know, we’ve all heard it before. Spending less time on your phone is better for your mental health. Social media could be affecting your mental health, or the blue light from your phone could be messing with your sleep schedule. If you struggle to put your phone down, try limiting use by downloading an app to track your phone usage so you have a reminder to put it down. Also, try not to look at your phone first thing in the morning or right before bed. You’ll start your day calmer and with a better perspective in the morning and the blue light won’t affect your REM sleep in the evening. Instead, try reading a book to help you relax and slowly wind down your brain.

Get Some Sleep


Speaking of better sleep, if you’ve been struggling to fall asleep, this could also affect your mental health. A quick and effective way to help you get better sleep is to consume CBN (cannabinol), a non-psychoactive molecular derivative of THC. Available in several different forms, CBN is a mild sedative, one of many cannabinoids found in hemp, and is extremely effective in helping you to relax and fall asleep.

Hopefully, you’re a little more relaxed after reading this list and are full of ideas on how to start improving your mental health. If you’ve been stressed over certain aspects of your life, don’t keep waiting to make a change. Remember, your life is meant to be enjoyed. Take the time to care for yourself. Your body will thank you!