In our fast-paced, modern, and content-filled world, it is easy to let your mental health take the back burner. Unfortunately, so many of us do not realize it until it is too late. The daily stressors, grind, and constant connectivity can take their toll on our well-being. By making an effort to take time for yourself and your mental health, you will see how easy it is to make a routine to improve your mental wellbeing. This week, we’ll explore some ways and best practices that you can adopt into your daily routine for a happier and less stressful life.
Make time for yourself
It is important to start each day with something that brings you joy, or anything that helps you feel gratitude. Starting your day with self-reflection, talking to a friend or family member, reading a book, or anything else that makes you happy and centers you. Starting the day off this way can help you go into any task after with a calm approach.
Focus on your Physical Health
Many people do not realize that maintaining your physical health can directly impact your mental health. Exercise is great for releasing endorphins, leading to a mood boost. Aside from that, having a balanced diet can do the same as well. Focus on food as a resource to nourish your body and take care of it, versus a quick fix. Nutrient-dense foods can provide your brain with essential vitamins and minerals that help you function at your best.
Find activities that help center you
Whether it is meditation, yoga, crafting, or whatever else, finding an activity where you can channel your energy is crucial. Having a healthy outlet helps maintain your stress and brings that energy into a new activity. Meditation can help reduce anxiety and increase your ability to cope with stressors, as does Yoga. Crafting or other activities can help you disconnect from the daily stress and allow your brain to bring that energy into a new activity.
Make sleep and rest a daily focus
Getting enough sleep is crucial and often overlooked as a mental health stressor. Being well-rested allows your brain to rest, recharge, and renew for the daily stressors. With balanced sleep, you can regulate your emotions more. While not everyone needs the same amount of sleep, a good starting point is looking for 7-9 hours and staying consistent with the schedule.
Limit your screen time and learn to disconnect
It’s clear that as technology continues to improve and grow, our screen times will continue to increase. It is important to truly disconnect from the screen to not overload your brain with content and focus on other activities, even if for a short period of time. Prioritize face-to-face interactions and disconnect from your devices.
Know your limits
Don’t overcommit to things, learn to say no and know your own limits and boundaries. This is necessary to avoid burnout and exhaustion, which in turn can lead to mental health struggles. In addition, set goals that are realistic and can help boost self-esteem and establish your own sense of purpose. Celebrate the small wins and progress to prevent feelings of overwhelm and helplessness.
Find an Ally
Whether a friend, family member, or mental health provider, finding someone to talk to through your mental health struggles can make a huge difference. Being able to discuss your struggles in a safe environment can help you release emotions, relate to others, and reduce feelings of isolation.
Connect with a Professional
If you’re struggling with persistent mental health issues, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist, counselor, or psychiatrist can provide the support and guidance you need to overcome challenges and improve your well-being.