23 tips for improving your mental health

Hug it out

Paul Zak, a pioneer of neuroeconomics, has found that eight hugs per day can make you happier. In a 2011 TED talk, he explained that hugging a romantic partner can spike oxytocin levels and decrease blood pressure, heart rate and stress.

Drink banana tea

Banana peel contains ingredients such as amino acids and vitamin B6 that increase serotonin and relieve stress. Swap morning coffee (a depressant) for banana tea to start the day off positively.

Quit complaining

Not only does it make you unpleasant to be around, but entertaining negative thoughts takes a big toll on your happiness and affects how you approach problems. Next time you’re about to complain about trivialities, think, is it worth it? Then swap it for a positive or amusing comment.

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