16. Stop off for a cuppa
Find a café and sit down, change your scenery for at least 5 minutes and take some me-time.
17. Draw a picture
Unleash your inner da Vinci and draw what you feel. You can be as artistic as you like or as basic, but let your creativity run free.
18. Learn a new language
Although it’s tough and will require a lot of practice, imagine how great you’ll feel on your next holiday being able to speak to the locals!
19. Open up to someone
If there’s something troubling you, say it. Get it off your chest and be honest – you might feel so much better saying it out loud.
20. Colour in
It’s not just for children! Making something look pretty and concentrating on your design can help channel your inner creativity and relax your mind.
21. Invest in a water bottle
Ramp up your daily water intake to the recommended 2 litres per day by topping up a reusable water bottle. The extra hydration will make a big difference to your health, but will also make you feel less tired or lethargic.
22. Laugh. A lot.
Each time we laugh our brains release dopamine, a chemical that makes us feel happy. Try to giggle at the little things and find humour, it’s amazing how laughter can completely diffuse a tough situation.
23. Turn your phone off when you don’t need it
Don’t just put it on silent or switch to night mode, actually turn it off. Some peace and quiet can go a long way.
24. Say “no” and don’t feel bad about it
Just because someone asks you to do something doesn’t mean you always have to say yes. Taking on too much through worry of letting people down can mean you’re overworked and overstressed. Do what’s right for you and only take on what you can physically do.
25. Read a book
Some people say that reading a book lets you travel the world without leaving your chair, let’s try it without leaving our cab!
26. Try writing your thoughts down
Vent your frustrations and have a go at physically writing down your thoughts, feelings or ideas. It doesn’t need to be too lengthy, just take a few minutes to jot them down – it can be really helpful if you want to keep track of changes in your mood.
27. Do a good deed
Even if it’s something as small as letting someone out of a junction, one good deed has the potential to stretch a lot further than you think, and you’ll feel great for doing it!
28. Have a social media detox day
Remember that social media is not always an accurate depiction of real life. Your real life is right in front of you and is ready for you to shape it. Concentrate on your lifestyle and what you want, not what’s going to get the most likes.
29. Reach out to a long lost friend
Lose touch with your high school best friend? Get in touch with them and reconnect, then you can swap stories and see how much you have in common.
30. Do something you love everyday
Spending your days on the roads non stop can start to grind you down, and the repetition can get to you more than you think. So, make the conscious effort to do at least one thing you love, everyday. It doesn’t matter how small it may seem, it will make a big difference.
And there we have it, a list of small but impactful changes you can make to improve your mental health in just 30 days.
For further information on mental health support, please visit https://www.mentalhealth-uk.org/