Mental health is just as important as one’s physical health. It’s not a subject that I personally don’t talk about as much as I should. The 10th of October has been declared World Mental Health Day. As you read this take it with a pinch of salt. I’m sharing 5 simple ways that I feel help me boost my mental health.
Practice gratitude 🙏🏽 – Gratitude is scientifically proven to be good for you. It is a stress reliever, self-esteem booster, improves your communication skills (obviously when you express your feelings of gratitude), strengthens your relationships and makes you happy. Being grateful creates positive feelings and helps you have lasting memories about an event or person. It helps you feel good too, whether you’re the one being grateful or receiving a small dose of gratitude. It also makes you more peaceful.
“All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it is truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy” Dennis Prager
Journal 📔 – The practice of emptying out your thoughts or simply known as brain dump has been around for a long time. Take time to write down your thoughts whether it’s a shopping list or what you want to focus on tomorrow it all helps to create space for creativity and new ideas. This also removes the pressure and stress of having to remember everything. You can even use the Notes app on your phone, though actually writing things by hand has been proven to help you retain information longer.
Learn 📚– There are always new things to learn. You can go on YouTube and check out some tutorials on practically every subject. You can also sign up for online courses there are several places offering courses. There’s value in being a lifelong learner.
Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. – Dr Dale Turner
Develop relationships 🤗– Remember the saying “no man is an island” by John Donne we need people around us that can build us up and that we can also help grow. It’s really not about the quantity but rather the quality of the friends you have. Be in mind not everyone in your life is there for the long haul. Some people are scaffolding and there to help you grow. Ultimately you need to surround yourself with positive people.
Do a digital detox 📵- Social Media has its place in our lives for the positive, but it’s not always a place that brings positive feelings and good vibes. Taking some time off occasionally will do you some good. You can choose to limit screen time in the evenings as part of your night routine as I suggest in the post. Switch to Airplane mode during crucial times like working out, driving, hanging out with friends. Don’t check your work emails on your phone. No phones in bed as the blue light affects sleep. There are apps that can help with this such as the digital detox challenge.
Disclaimer: I’m not a health expert but I know if you stick to healthy habits like exercise, get sleep, boost your self-confidence; you will be fine. When all else fails, seek professional help; there’s no shame in that. In fact, there’s strength in realising that you need help.
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