The subject of health has dominated the headlines for the last year, and more and more of us are talking about mental wellbeing, as well as physical health. Just as we can take care of our bodies, we can also be proactive in protecting and nourishing our minds. In this guide, we’ll discuss simple self-care strategies you can try today.
Managing your time
A lack of time is one of the most common causes of stress and anxiety. Many of us feel like we live our lives at a hundred miles per hour, and we long to be able to slow down. Try to manage your time effectively and make time for rest, relaxation and hobbies. Nobody can survive without sleep or be in two places at once. Analyze your schedule each week, discuss your workload with your boss if you’re working overtime frequently, and plan your day so that you have enough time to exercise, socialize and sleep. Achieving a healthy work-life balance can help to reduce stress and increase productivity.
Realizing what is and isn’t ‘normal’
We all have mental health and we all have days where we don’t feel happy or motivated, or we’re out of sorts. It is perfectly natural to have the odd day where you feel a little on edge or upset, or you lack energy or enthusiasm. It’s also natural to feel anxious or nervous if you’ve got a deadline due, you’re preparing for an interview or you’re sitting an exam. One of the most beneficial steps you can take to manage and protect your mental health is to learn to spot the difference between what is and isn’t ‘normal.’ If you feel down for long periods, you struggle to relax or you feel anxious even in situations that should be calming or relaxing, or you find it hard to concentrate or stop your mind from whirring, don’t hesitate to seek help.
There are many self-help techniques, as well as treatments and therapies such as counseling for anxiety, which can help to lift your mood, reduce stress and anxiety and help you to feel more confident and relaxed. You can talk openly about how you feel, get things off your chest, express emotions and learn how to cope with triggers in the future. There is no shame in asking for advice, and reaching out can make all the difference.
Devoting more time to people and activities that make you happy
It may sound simple, but one of the best things you can do to boost your mental wellbeing is to devote more time to people and activities and hobbies that bring you joy and happiness. When was the last time you caught up with friends or spent the day with your mom or sister? Many of us prioritize work and looking after others, and we don’t have enough time to enjoy ourselves. Try to connect with others, surround yourself with positive, supportive people and use hobbies to learn new skills, broaden your horizons, make new friends, relax, express yourself and have fun.
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We often focus on our bodies when we talk about health, but our minds are equally important. Self-care is all about looking after yourself and being proactive in protecting both physical and mental wellbeing.