On Saturday it was World Mental Health Day and this week, I’m going to share with you how you can help prioritise your mental health *insert cheering here*
I can totally appreciate that there are times in our life [ie the whole of 2020…thanks COVID], life can feel pretty darn overwhelming. And in those times when you just feel so far out of your comfort zone, it’s hard to re-calibrate and put yourself first [can you tell i’m speaking directly from personal experience?]
Here is a list of ways you can help your beautiful mind. You can refer back to this list as often as you’d like *insert more cheers here*.
1. Go for a walk. Even if it’s just for 5mins. Some kind of movement is always better than no kind of movement.
2. Sleep. Getting less than 7hours of sleep per night makes our emotions harder to control, we feel more stressed and find it harder to cope when things don’t go the way we planned. If you haven’t already, it may be worthwhile going here for my free sleep guide to help you get those zzz’s every night.
3. See a Psychologist or Counsellor. These wonderful health professionals can truly make such a positive impact on your life [yep i’m 100% speaking from experience]. If financials are difficult for you and you’re in Australia, speak to you GP about a health care plan that will help cover or pay part of the psychologist sessions.
4. Talk. Carve out time to catch up with a friend/family member. It can be via video or face to face. If you can, aim to do this with someone once per week.
5. Read. Whatever books you want [they don’t have to be self development]. Choose something to help you escape to another world and leave your thoughts behind.
6. Start a Hobby. Puzzles anybody?! The great things about hobby’s is it can be anything you like. For eg. Meditation, baking, craft, DIY, dancing, crosswords…the sky is the limit. A hobby is a great thing to look forward to during the week or on the weekend.
7. Listen. To music that lifts your mood or podcasts that you can relate to, have a laugh or be inspired by.
8. Say No. Yep, i appreciate that this is easier said than done. But saying no to stop over-committing and allow yourself some down time is one of the best things that you can do for yourself.
9. Eat Foods That Make You Feel Good. We really want to avoid junk food when feeling very low, stressed or overwhelmed. They give us a fast energy ‘high’ but then an even lower energy slump than we had before. Try having some fruit, veggies and protein instead. I promise you, you’ll feel better for it.
10. Take Deep Breaths. Have you ever noticed when you’re stressed, you hold your breath and clench your jaw? Take deep breaths, in for 4seconds, hold for 4seconds and then breathe out for 4seconds. Do this for 2 mins and notice how much your body and mind relaxes.
If you have any other ways that you find help you prioritise your mental health – please do not hesitate to comment below. I’d love to hear about it!
Here’s to putting yourself first and setting a wonderful example for those around you.
Always Respect Yourself.