Let’s chat about mental health.
Taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health. And we all struggle from time to time – me included.
In no particular order, here are 10 things you can do to take care of your mental health.
1. Get enough sleep 🛌
There are several articles and studies that indicate a lack of sleep or sleep disorders can actually increase your risk of depression. If I don’t get enough sleep, my brain gets foggy, I get cranky, and I generally have the disposition of a toddler that missed their nap. Basically, not enough sleep is not a good look on me.
2. Exercise ⛹🏻♀️
I can confirm that when I get in some form of regular exercise, not only do I feel better physically, I feel better mentally. My brain feels less cluttered when I exercise. And there is research to support the benefits of exercise and mental health.
3. Make healthy food choices 🍏
When I eat too much crappy food, my body is less than amused, and so is my brain.
4. Keep a gratitude journal ✍🏻
It’s amazing how powerful the simple act of writing down 2-3 things for which you’re grateful can lift your spirits. It’s not necessary to keep a journal though. I often will simply list out things I’m grateful for in my head before I go to sleep. Just thinking about them puts a smile on my face.
5. Spend time with a friend 👭
Don’t underestimate the power of friendship. If I go too long without some level of friend time, my mental health suffers. With all things Covid, it’s been a real challenge to get enough friend time. Lately, I’ve managed this with phone calls, texting, and masked walks.
6. Spent time in nature 🏕
Every summer we usually go camping for a weekend at Fundy National Park. That one weekend is pure bliss for me. From freshly brewed coffee first thing in the morning to hikes, kayaking, and eventually sitting around a campfire at night, I love it all. Being surrounded by the woods feels like a warm hug from Mother Nature. Those 2 days of camping do wonders for my mental health.
7. Seek out professional help 👩🏻⚕️
If nothing seems to be working and your quality of life is suffering, seek out professional help. Please. Do it. Your mental health matters and so do you.
8. Take a mental health day 🎬
I’ve been known to skip work to take a mental health day. I love those days. Depending on my mood, I may spend it binge-watching Netflix OR reading a book OR taking a nap OR all three. 😎
9. Do something just for you 🛀🏻
The options for this one are limitless. The only criteria is that you do something purely for YOU. Some things I’ve done for myself have included shopping, getting a pedicure, and…quitting my job. 😉
10. Meditate 🧘🏻♀️
Research shows that meditation can help ease depression and anxiety. A meditation practice can be something as simple and basic as sitting quietly for 5 minutes while reciting a mantra.
How do you look after your mental health? Share in the comments. I’d love to hear about them. ❤️