There’s no better time than the present to start taking care of your mental health. It’s no longer taboo to admit that you are struggling, and when you work on improving your mental health, you should find that numerous areas of your life improve. Let’s take a look at how you can improve your own mental health this year:
Start A Journal
Start a journal, whether it’s a bullet journal, a line a day journal, or a stream of consciousness journal where you don’t censor yourself at all. There are many ways to journal, and you can pick the kind that suits you best. You don’t even need to write in it everyday, but doing this regularly helps to build up a habit. You may be able to spot certain patterns in your feelings and behavior when you keep a journal, which can be a great help in the future. Plus, some studies have shown that reading back on journal entries can make us feel happier.
Aim To Speak To Somebody
Humans aren’t supposed to be isolated, but this year, we have all been isolated more than ever. Aim to speak to somebody, whether a professional or a friend. Be honest about how you feel, and don’t hesitate to get professional help if you need it. It’s important to connect with other people.
Take The Time To Do Things You Enjoy
This year, many people have fallen out of love with the things they once enjoyed. Feelings of depression can stop us from doing the things we once loved, no matter how passionately we felt about them. Try to pick a hobby that you once enjoyed and see if you can get back into it somehow. Making Hot Chocolate Bombs may be just the thing that you’ll love!
Accept Your Feelings
Don’t beat yourself up for having feelings. Many of us were made to feel guilty for having feelings, and even crying when we were children, and this often sticks with us. However, emotions are healthy. They simply give us an idea of the things that bother us, and perhaps things that we need to work on. Accept your feelings, work through them, and be kinder to yourself.
Staying active can mean enjoying the body’s natural happy hormones. It can help to reduce stress, improve sleep, and have many other knock on positive effects for our mental health.
Practice Self Care
Whether your idea of self care is a hot bath, a face mask, or shopping for steamroller pipes, make sure you take the time to do it. Self care is key in any mental health journey!
Make Sure You’re Getting Plenty of Sleep
Sleep is essential for mental health. Make sure you’re getting 8 hours of sleep a night. Try not to sleep too much or too little – this will depend on how active you are, your age, and other things.
Try To Live In The Present Moment
Living in the present moment can be tough, especially when we’re all worried about the future right now. However, it can help us to enjoy our lives right now, notice opportunities, and stop worrying about things we can’t control.