A calm and balanced mind is basically the key to living a peaceful-happy life.
Skip the gym and head for the great outdoors. While exercising in itself is a great boost to your mental health, going for a walk or run outside has even more vital health benefits. It has showered to increased signs of "vitality, enthusiasm, pleasure and self-esteem," as compared to staying indoors.
Take vitamin B12
You've always known taking vitamins is important, but do you know about the benefits of B12? Studies have shown that a severe deficiency of B12 can lead to depression, anxiety, paranoia and more harmful problems. You can easily find this supplement at your local health store.
Simple short-term goals
The National Alliance on Mental Illness says setting simple, well-defined goals like, "I will practice yoga, once a week for the next month" is a great way to actually accomplish something. Set goals for yourself in relation to your mental health (such as, "I will take two minutes each day to focus on breathing"), and be as specific as possible. Once you've accomplished that goal, reward yourself!
Listen to slow, calming music
Plenty of studies have shown that performing tasks while listening to classical tracks such as Pachelbel's "Canon in D Major" soothes your mind and reduces anxiety. If you're not one for classical music, opt for other tracks that are slow and simple.
Use lavender oil
Put a bit of lavender oil on your pillow or a lavender sachet under your pillow. Studies show that the essential oil can improve your sleep quality and help battle insomnia. If you don't want it on your pillow, try drinking a bit of lavender tea before bed to soak up its healthful benefits.
You know that victorious feeling you get when you find the perfect gift for someone? That's your happiness levels skyrocketing. Studies have shown that people who do something for someone else feel happier throughout day. And you don't have to break the bank every time — donating $0.99 to a local charity or organization is perfectly effective.
Mindful meditation can increase the brain's emotional regulator, and can help combat depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia and more. Start slowly by meditating for three to five minutes per day in order to get comfortable with silence.