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Sarah Coleman: 10 things to boost your mental health right now

Sarah Coleman
For Steamboat Pilot & Today

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – There is so much conversation out there about physical health these days, and it's time to bring mental health issues to the conversation.

One in four people suffer from some form of mental health issues. Experiencing a mental health problem is often upsetting, confusing and frightening — particularly at first. If you become unwell, you may feel that it’s a sign of weakness, or that you are "losing your mind." Sound familiar? You're not alone.

The following are tips to help keep your mental health in check.

• Write it down

Write down three things each day that you are thankful for. Let this list be a daily reminder of the good in your life.

• Value yourself

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Talk to yourself like you would a close friend. Treat yourself with kindness and forgiveness. Tell yourself something great about you.

• Create a strong tribe

Surround yourself with positive, optimistic people who can provide a strong support system. Find likeminded people who enjoy the same things you do.

• Find your zen

Learn how to deal with stress through exercise, journaling, meditation, quiet time, cellphone-free time or a good laugh. I have a new goal of 30 minutess of hammock time each day. It is amazing

• Talk about it

No, really — talk about it. There are more people out there struggling than you think. Sometimes, by sharing your story, it encourages others to as well.

• Spend some time with a furry friend

Time with animals lowers the stress hormone, cortisol and boosts oxytocin, which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don't have a pet, hang out with a friend who does or volunteer at the local Routt County Humane Society shelter.

• Practice forgiveness

For other and yourself. Sometimes a simple apology sets everything back on the right track. Forgiving someone is another way to reduce your stress and anxiety. Yes, it can be hard to do, but holding onto anger can eventually lead to anxiety and depression and keep you stuck in the past.

• Relish the moment

Do your best to enjoy 15 minutes of sunshine. Don't forget the sunscreen. Sunlight synthesizes Vitamin D, which experts believe is a mood elevator.

• Something to look forward to 

Plan a trip, a new exercise class, a fun healthy meal, a weekend getaway or a staycation. Having something to look forward to can boost your overall happiness for up to eight weeks.

• When in doubt…

Eat right, move daily, sleep well, smile often, do your burpees, say thank you and reach out. Help is always right around the corner. You will be glad you did and so will I.

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently the health and wellness director at The Foundry, Coleman is a personal trainer, “CrossFitter,” coach, outdoor enthusiast, managing partner with Inspired Live Network and owner of A Weight Lifted Fitness Camp. She provides flawless technique and a positive attitude. Taking fitness to new levels, she uses the outdoor environment, your living room or work space, as well as the gym to influence and push her clientele. Funky knee socks and outrageous colors make Sarah unique, which transfers into her training and brings a smile to everyone’s face.