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We should all be treating our mental health as seriously as we do our physical health. Right?! Unfortunately, it is not always the case. Most days I consider if what I’m eating is good for me or whether or not I’m going to skip going to the rock climbing gym. But how many times in the day do I consider the information that I allow myself to ingest mentally? Why do I not work on how to help improve my mental health? Often we don’t do this because of the stigma of mental health issues and because many of us simply don’t know what building good mental health looks like. Thankfully, the stigma surrounding mental health is starting to dissolve. This coupled with the fact we’ve never known more about what it takes to foster good mental health than we do right now means that 2020 is the year to take steps to improve your mental well-being.
As with most things, it’s good to start small, so here are some tiny tips to help you improve your mental health this year:
Take More Mental Health Days
It’s so good that mental health days are starting to be taken seriously as a thing now. Taking a day to rest and relax is not only great for preventing more serious mental health issues, but it actually refreshes us for our work too. If you really need a mental health day in the future, don’t be afraid to, and don’t feel bad, taking one. I believe that there is a point to the Jewish and Christian custom of taking a day of rest each week. It doesn’t have to just apply in a religious context but having one day each week to rest, gather your thoughts, and let your body and mind relax can do wonders for your mental health.
See a Therapist
If you’re really struggling with your mental health, seeing a therapist could be the best thing you ever do. It was for me! In my early 30s, I spend about 6 months or more visiting a therapist and cleaned out my mental closet that I had stuffed away and tried not to deal with. But with mental health, if you do not deal with what is going on it your mind, it will come out one way or another. It is better to learn how to be equipped mentally to handle past trama or just the daily grind. Sites like DaoCloud.com even enable you to find the perfect therapist via your smartphone. Having someone to help you work through your daily struggles or burdens you’ve carried for years can change your life for the better. The more you know about yourself, the better able you’ll be to improve your mental wellbeing now and forever.
Have a Relaxing Evening Routine
I’m willing to bet that a lot of you reading this end the evening slumped in front of Netflix watching the latest binge-worthy show. Sure, it’s lots of fun, but it probably won’t help you to sleep easy and since a good night’s sleep can help to prevent stress, anxiety, depression and even weight gain, it might not be the best option. Last night, I was literally considering removing the TV from my bedroom as I was binge watching NCIS. It’s a great show but it’s not helping me live my best life by watching it to the early hours of the morning! Swap your late-night Netflix binge for an hour with a good book, a meditation session or a hot bath and feel the difference!
Do Something You Love Each Day
How many of us only stop for ice cream on vacations? Only read a great book at the weekend or only enjoy fresh flowers on a birthday or anniversary? This is madness! If we want to lift our spirits, we should be enjoying the simple things in life each and every day. Make a real effort to enjoy at least one thing you really love every day of the week. Right now, having an iced coffee at home is a perk to my day. It sounds silly, but this is something little that makes me feel like I’ve had a big treat.
Prayer and Meditate
If you’re rolling your eyes right now I understand. Prayer and Meditation has been pushed a lot in recent years and it can seem a bit too hippie for many people, but keep an open mind because prayer and meditation is science-backed. It works! It can help you relax, de-stress, lower your anxiety levels, manage depression, overcome binge eating and much more. There is a peace I cannot explain that I get from praying. One of my favorite Bible verses is from the book of Phillipians chapter 4… “4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Around 14 years ago I went through one of the hardest times of my life and praying to God sustained me. Even if you do not believe in God, meditation will help you! It’s been proven in so many studies to be good for your physical and mental health. There are lots of great apps that can help you learn and even 5 minutes of meditation a day can be beneficial. What do you have to lose?
Here’s to your best mental health yet!