Nurturing our mental health should take priority, as it affects our everyday lives and also determines how we handle stress. Mental health includes your emotions as well as your psychological and social well-being.
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It’s important to practice self-care as it not only reduces anxiety and stress and minimises frustration, but also improves concentration, and increases happiness and energy levels.
Here are 10 activities to make time for your mental health:
1. Quiet your mind:
Whether you meditate or pray, find time to quiet your mind. It will bring a sense of calmness and improve your state of mind and perspective on life.
2. Go for a walk in nature:
Walking in nature is proven to reduce depression, increase energy levels and boost well-being.
3. Soak in a hot bath:
Soaking in a bath helps ease the tensions of the day and improve your sleep, add some Epsom salts to soothe aches and pains and boost magnesium levels.
4. Colour in the lines:
Colouring for just 20 minutes can help clear your mind and ease the feeling of anxiety.
5. Stick to a routine:
Try to schedule a routine and stick to it. Humans love routine and we tend to feel a bit lost and useless without one.
6. Go be a lazy bum for 15 minutes:
The sun triggers the release of serotonin in your brain which is associated with boosting your mood and helping you feel calm and focused.
7. Learn how to deal with stress:
Stress is here to stay, you can’t do anything about that. You can, however, do something about how you deal with stress by practising good coping skills.
8. Believe that you are worthy:
Value yourself enough to avoid self-criticism. Be just as respectful and kind to yourself as you would be to anyone else and make time for the things you enjoy doing.
9. Keep good company:
People’s energies are infectious so make sure to surround yourself with good people that radiate good energy.
10. Keep smiling:
Remember to laugh and just keep smiling. It’s proven that smiling changes your mood and alters your brain to view life’s situations with more clarity and less stress.