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10 Ways to be happy and stay positive | Family Time Centers Studio City

Staying positive, happy, and mentally healthy is the most important thing we should all care about. People who are not satisfied with their lives have a higher risk of developing depression or anxiety disorders. This is why therapists can help lead you away from many other problems in your life such as a lack of motivation or self-esteem issues. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to maintain your mental health.

1. Maintaining good relationships with friends

The health of your relationships is a good indicator of how healthy you are mentally. Having conflict in these relationships can also be an indication that something is wrong with your mental well-being. Having a close network of friends and family is crucial. People who maintain good relationships are less likely to develop health problems. This is because you have someone to talk to about your problems, and that person can also help motivate you when things seem difficult. Having good support like a therapist, a network of friends and family can really help you through the tough times in life, especially when it comes to dealing with stress. Therapy of any sort can help you deal with whatever life throws at you.

2. Checking in with how you feel

Checking in with yourself is an effective way to stay on track. By taking the time to evaluate how you feel, you can see when something isn't right and address it before it becomes a problem. A bad day happens to everyone. It is important to not let negative thoughts take over your mind and keep you from living a healthy life. Ask yourself questions like, How are you feeling today? How's your mood? Your appetite? Checking in with yourself is beneficial. It helps you become aware of how you are doing and promotes self-confidence. Our therapists start every session by asking what's going on with a simple check-in. Contact us to see if therapy is right for you.

3. Work on your self-confidence

  1. Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself 
  2. Dress up in clothes that make you feel confident and beautiful 
  3. Compliment yourself every day, even if it's just for brushing your teeth or making your bed 
  4. Write down a list of all the things you love about yourself and carry it around with you to read when times get tough 
  5. Take care of your body by eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly 
  6. Find activities that help boost your mood, like cooking a favorite meal or painting pictures 
  7. Practice self-compassion by being kind to yourself when life gets hard instead of beating yourself up over mistakes 
  8. Get rid of toxic relationships in your life that bring you down and surround yourself with people who are supportive and loving towards themselves as well as others. 

4. Keeping a healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet is beneficial for your mental health. A healthy diet can help to maintain a positive state of mind, reduce stress and improve sleep quality and eating a healthy diet and staying active can help protect your mental health. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains have been associated with a lower risk of depression. Eating foods that are low in sugar, salt, and fat can also help you keep a balanced mood. Many individuals find working with a nutritionist makes sense.

5. Exercising Regularly

Exercise is a great way to work out stress and stay healthy. People often associate exercise with weight loss, but there are many benefits that go beyond physical health. According to the American Psychological Association, regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing depression by up to 40%. Moreover, it’s associated with better sleep patterns and improved self-esteem. If you want to feel positive and energized throughout the day, make sure that you incorporate some form of regular exercise into your routine.

When things get hectic, physical activity often drops to the bottom of our list of priorities. But taking care of your body is essential to maintaining a balanced mental state and overall well-being. Therapists recommend working out on a regular basis, it helps control stress levels, releases endorphins that make you feel good and have positive impacts on your moods and thoughts by relieving anxiety.

6. Make a decision to be positive

Staying positive is a choice that you can make every day. You are the person who determines how you feel, which means that it’s also your responsibility to control your attitude and outlook on life.

7. Speak to a therapist

There are many reasons why people choose to speak to a therapist. Their reasons may vary but one thing is for sure – they all want the same outcome which is to feel better about themselves and their lives. They come with different backgrounds, life stories, personalities and goals but they have one commonality: they need help from someone who can listen without judgment.

People have a lot of anxieties and fears about what therapy is going to be like, and it’s understandable. However, there are so many benefits that can come out of it if you just give it a chance. Our therapists have helped thousands of people improve their lives in ways that they didn't even realize were possible until they started the process. Contact us today to explore if therapy is right for you.

8. Accomplish a task you’ve put off

Do you have something that is weighing on your mind? Something that you know needs to be done but it always seems like there isn’t enough time or energy in the day to accomplish what you need. Many of us can relate to this feeling. It becomes difficult at times just getting through our workday, let alone taking on new tasks and projects. However, its important for us all to remember why we are here and what life is about: happiness. That being said, accomplishing a task will make you feel more accomplished overall as well as make room for future success!

9. Check your social media usage

Social media has been the cornerstone of our online interactions for over a decade. It started out as a way to stay in touch with friends and family but has increasingly become an integral part of our lives. However, social media can also be detrimental when used excessively or without any self-control.  Recent studies have shown that social media use is linked to a decrease in self-esteem and well-being. In this article, we look at why it's important to keep a limit on the amount of time you spend on your phone or tablet. Our therapists have found that most of our clients who are on social media for more than 5+ hours a day report strong feelings of negativity.

10. Sleeping habits

Sleep is the cornerstone of good mental health. A deep, uninterrupted sleep, increases levels of serotonin and melatonin in your body to help you feel more energized and focused. Sleep also helps boost your immune system. When you don’t get enough sleep, not only does it affect how alert you are at work or school... but if left untreated can lead to depression or anxiety

We at Family Time Centers are passionate about making your life easier. We love to see our clients happy and we wish more than anything that you will be able to accomplish a task you’ve been putting off for years. Perhaps it was finally going on a date with the person of your dreams, or speaking up at work so you don’t get passed over for the promotion? We want to take away any stress from those tasks that have been holding you back, in order for them not to become an obstacle in enjoying your life. Contact us to book a therapy session for you.

FamilyTime Centers | Ronald Kaufman, PsyD
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 818-821-6012
Address: 12501 Chandler Boulevard, 102, Los Angeles, CA 91607