“Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” (quote by Noam Sphancer) To remain on your journey, today I would like to share with you some mental health helpful tips.
- Do exercise
- Do yoga
- Avoid alcohol, smoking, and drugs
- Eat healthy
- Stay active
- Ask for help when it is needed. Don’t keep things inside.
- Take a break
- Talk about your feelings
- Do something you’re good at
- Accept who you are
- Care for others too
Working out keeps you in great physical shape, but it is also an excellent mood booster. Although I don’t do a lot of exercise, I do a few exercises every day and every time I finish, I feel wonderful. It is uplifting. Yoga is also highly recommended, since it has been proven to reduce the impact of high stress responses and it may also relieve anxiety and depression.
Many of us tend to grab that wine bottle to have one relaxing drink at the end of a stressful day. One glass is sensible, and alcohol can have that mood changing effect, but remember that it doesn’t last … And after the drink has worn off you may feel worse than you did before … So, this is not really a solution.
You’re not Superman. When you need help, ask for it! There’s no shame in asking for assistance. There are certain things we just cannot handle alone. If you can’t cope, family and friends will be happy to lend a helping hand, and it feels good to be helped, doesn’t it?
Take a break when it’s called for. It could be a little walk in between work assignments, a small break after a household chore, a spontaneous road trip, or even a weekend trip to a new destination. Giving yourself some time for yourself will work miracles.
Talking about your feelings can provide some relief, sharing what upsets, bothers, or frightens you with a close friend. There is no need for them to come with a solution, providing a listening ear is already a great help.
Doing something you’re good at can fill you with a sense of pride. When I do something I’m good at or I enjoy I feel happy. It’s that simple sometimes.
What are you good at? Dedicate some time to those activities for 30 minutes or maybe even an hour a day. I sometimes forget to do it, but I often spend some time on something I’m good at and it fulfills me every time. When possible you can even combine it with your daily chores or goals.
Accept who you are. Kurt Cobain had a point when he said “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” Accept what you consider your imperfections and do not compare yourself to others. The only one you should be comparing yourself to is the person you were yesterday.
Don’t worry about what people may think. They are not living your life, you are. It isn’t your job to please the neighbors or anyone else. People need to accept you for who you are. It’s your job to look after yourself.
Care for others too. By helping others you somehow also help yourself, although that should not be the main motivation for it, of course 😉 Caring for others allows you to feel empathy, and empathy makes way for love and compassion for people around you.
We are still in lockdown and for many of us it has not gotten easier. Now, more than ever, we should implement those healthy practices to maintain good mental health. It is an ongoing process. Like working out at the gym is also a continuous process and not an end result, so is taking care of your mental health.
How often do you make time for something you’re good at? Do you give yourself a break sometimes? Do you do exercise? What practices help you stay balanced during lockdown? Let me know in the comments below.