The modern world can feel incredibly hectic; many of us have jobs to keep performing well in, children to look after and, well, Facebook and Instagram feeds of which to keep track. Fortunately, though, the modern world has also thrown up various fixes for our twenty-first-century troubles. Here are some examples of remedies which have emerged or become known relatively recently.
Arrange to meet up with someone face-to-face
The rise of the smartphone has a lot to answer for; these days, we probably spend more time messaging many of our friends through Facebook than talking to them. Isn’t it strange that a supposedly “social” network can actually make you feel… well, more lonely?
For this reason, act on the mental health charity Mind’s advice that you interact with someone in person instead of behind a screen. You could even offer to take someone on a lift to their work.
Get a little more physical activity into your day
Being a couch potato doesn’t just add to the waistline; it can also bode poorly for your mental health. Across all age groups, regular physical activity is linked with reduced rates of anxiety and depression, while it can also slow down age-related cognitive decline.
The exercise doesn’t have to take too much time out of your day. Why not try walking to work instead of driving, taking stairs instead of lifts, and going for the occasional lunchtime walk?
Stay mentally in the present moment
Have you ever noticed just how much time you spend either yearning for the past or feeling anxious about the future? Mentally, you probably spend less time in the here and now than Marty McFly – but there are many benefits to be reaped from noticing what is happening right now.
Here are a few example benefits: you can strengthen and broaden your awareness, help yourself to reaffirm your life priorities and let yourself fall on positive choices that account for your true values.
Try some mindfulness apps
Smartphones don’t always spell ill for your mental health – it can be very much a manner of how you use them. The app store of your iPhone or Android phone will be stacked with health-oriented apps – including those aimed at helping users to pursue mindfulness.
Mindfulness is about increasing the attention you pay to the present moment. Sound familiar? The Independent website highlights various apps you could pick from to get started.
Consider sampling some CBD oil
This type of oil is less commonly referred to as cannabidiol, and represents one of the UK’s fastest-growing industries, says Men’s Health. While CBD used to only be available in dropper bottles and capsules, you can now find it in the likes of shampoo, chewable vitamins and other products.
It’s even possible to buy it in the form of CBD vape oil from VSAVI, but what health benefits can you get from CBD oil? The admittedly small-scale research on humans suggests that it could help with conditions including liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy and arthritis.