Simple Changes to Improve Your Mental Health in Tough Times

Staying mentally and physically healthy is important, especially during these times of the coronavirus and other situations that cause us distress.


Every day we wake up to troublesome news. From the coronavirus to riots to job losses and more, the news reports share about tough times all over the world. Along with our own situations, we learn of family and friends who are experiencing worry.


Following a path of sadness, worry, and dwelling on the “what if’s?” in life can affect our mental health at any moment. I have learned some simple changes to make in life that help my mental health in tough times.


  1. I start my day by saying “Thank You, Lord, for this glorious day.” before my feet touch the floor. Beginning the day with thanksgiving puts my mind at ease.


  1. I will not turn on the television, radio, or look at social media first thing in the morning. Prayer time, breakfast, getting dressed, and ready for the day keep me focused on something besides the news reports.


  1. I will not engage in battles of words (written or verbal) about politics or current events. Everyone has their own opinion. I will not waste my energy on trying to change the mind of someone who disagrees with me. Sometimes, words are best left unsaid.


  1. I will begin each day with a smile and I will share smiles with everyone. Even while wearing a mask due to the coronavirus, my eyes can light up and share friendliness.


  1. I will pray every time I begin to feel anxious or worried.


  1. I will seek help. I will not be ashamed or afraid to ask for help along the way.


Can you share simple changes to improve mental health in tough times? Your ideas may help others.



Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. She contributes articles and devotions to various magazines and websites. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-love and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”.

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20 thoughts on “Simple Changes to Improve Your Mental Health in Tough Times

  1. Yes, prayer, family, nature, and exercise. Oh, and baking, which kind of negates the exercise. But it still helps. 🙂

  2. Exercise always helps me. As well as listening to uplifting worship music. But most of all, reading God’s word replaces any negative thoughts I have with who God is and his hopeful purpose for my life. So much to be thankful for!

  3. Thank you for this! I find adopting an attitude of SURRENDER (to God and His commands and will for my life) is the biggest help when I feel like this.

  4. Beautiful and much needed advice. I will add a few of these to my daily routine especially as all this drags on. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I keep a gratitude journal and add to it daily. I spend time with uplifting friends, even if we can only communicate over media for now. I avoid gossip at work, a challenge when working with all women. Your tips are timely, especially the reminder to seek help if needed.

  6. This is a wonderfully healthy list for good mental health, Melissa. Number 3 is one that is difficult for me. I’ve tried repeatedly to reason with people about important medical advice given to the public, and yet I get nowhere. It ends up frustrating me when people try to fold politics into medical issues. When put together with other stressors our family is going through, I probably need to follow your advice on Number 3 for now. God bless you, sister!

    1. Melinda, I understand about being frustrated when people try to talk politics and medical advice. I am praying for you and your family. Have a blessed day dear friend. 🙂

  7. Melissa, love all your “I will….” Powerful. Every. One.

    I’m keeping the news limited these days. And spend time first thing in the mornings in worship, prayer, and God’s Word. It’s the only way I survive these uncertain days.

  8. Such beautiful, uplifting and healthy suggestions! I do many of the same things on your list. The most important one for me to is refrain from news or social media until AFTER I have spent time praying and reading the Bible. When I invite God into my day and my heart FIRST, then this world doesn’t have such a big hold on me.

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