Hello and Welcome Back! Today I am going to share with you my advice for looking after your mental health. Contrary to popular belief mental health is not just simply good or bad, it is on a spectrum. We need to maintain our mental health just like our physical health. Something which we often forget in our fast paced lives.
Generally I would say my mental health is pretty good however like everyone else, I have bad periods too. As I’ve got older (and wiser I’d like to think!) I have identified my warning signs that my mental health is taking a turn for the worse. Lately, I have noticed some of my warning signs so have decided to share the ways I look after my mental health. As a gentle reminder for me and hopefully you too!
So you might be wondering what warning signs are? I would describe them as changes in your behaviour or thoughts that have a negative impact on you. For example a warning sign for me is feeling overwhelmed when having to make a decision. I know that is a sign that I’m probably stretching myself to far and am exhausted. Another one for me is if I losing interest in reading which as a book worm is very unusual! The easiest way to identify your warning signs are to write down everyday how you are feeling and the events of that day. After a while you will start to see patterns.
Once you have identified your warning signs you can hopefully maintain your positive mental health. If you are suffering from poor mental health do not be afraid to reach out for help from a friend, family member or healthcare professional. Trust me, I know this is easier said than done. Remember though there are 8 billion people on the planet so you can never be alone in how you feel.
Now, I am going to share with you my advice for looking after your mental health. If I have missed anything that you do to look after your mental health, be sure to share it in the comments below. We can all help each other then.
Sleep! In our society sleep is often viewed as a luxury rather than a necessity. I am guilty of sacrificing sleep for work or, let’s face it, Netflix! Often a great night sleep can work wonders as an exhausted brain works less efficiently so is more likely to be overwhelmed.
Exercise! We need to stop thinking of our brain and body as being seperate. They are very much interlinked! Exercise is of course good for your physical health it is also fantastic for your mental health. The exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous either. I find just going for a walk with my camera a great way to clear my head and get those endorphins flooding in. Below are just some of the photos I have taken whilst on a walk. To see more check out the Days Out Section of my blog.
Take a break! We are all busy with work, family, friends, housework and our own hobbies that it is easier to get swept up in life’s treadmill. However, it is important to take a break and allow your brain to recharge. I find it impossible to sit and do nothing so a way I trick my brain into taking a break is reading. Reading allows me to escape reality therefore, giving my brain a break from day to day life whilst keeping it occupied.
Take a break from social media. I find when I am in a negative mental space social media only adds to the negative thoughts. We have all heard the classic saying ‘comparison is the thief of joy.’ As classic sayings often are this couldn’t be more true.
Find a place where you can relax. For me I find water and nature really relaxing. So if I have had a stressful day I will have a bath or go for a walk in a park. I always feel recharged after.
Talk to yourself like you would a friend. If we ever said out loud some of the negative thoughts we say to ourselves everyday I think we would be horrified. For example, I can be very self-critical but I would never be that harsh to a stranger let alone a friend. Basically, we all need to be kinder to ourselves.
Be honest about how you feel with those around you. I don’t know whether it is a British thing or what but I really struggle to tell people if I’m having a bad day. I don’t ever want to be a burden to someone else. Though recently I have realised that I would never think my friend is being a burden for sharing their thoughts with me. So I am trying really hard to be honest about how I feel.
There you go! Those are my Simple Ways to Improve Your Mental Health. Have a missed any off? If so please let me know in the comment section below.
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