Many people talk about wanting to improve their physical health, but there is not as much emphasis put on improving mental health. Both go hand in hand and are just as important as each other. Sometimes things that you are doing to improve your mental health will also improve your physical health and vice versa. Looking after yourself is very important and just the basics can make a big difference to your day!
Learn A New Skill
Learning a new skill is an excellent way to destress. It can give you something to look forward to during your week, and ensure that you are carving out time to do something for yourself. Learning a new skill can also increase your self-confidence and self-esteem because it can show you that you are good at something.
Even if you don’t have much time, there may be a little bit of time that you can squeeze in a new thing. If you like to come in and watch the television, instead of scrolling through your phone, you could crochet, knit, or do some other craft. If you do have enough time to go out and do something, it could be a good way to get active or socialise with other people.
Get All Of The Right Vitamins + Minerals
To stay healthy in body and mind you need to make sure that you are getting all of the right vitamins and minerals that your body needs. If you lack some of them, it can really affect your mood and your energy levels. To get all the right nutrients try to eat a varied diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Even if you are feeling down, try not to allow yourself to binge on unhealthy processed foods that will make you feel worse afterward.
If you need some help, you can take supplements to make sure that you are getting the right amount of nutrients that you need. You can also buy CBD oil, green tea, and other herbal remedies that can help to ease any feelings of stress and anxiety.
Be More Physically Active
Exercise is good for both your mental and physical health. There are many reasons why exercising regularly can be great for your mental health. It can cause chemical changes to your brain which can help to improve your mood. It can also help to clear your mind and raise your self-esteem as you start to see improvements and progression.
Exercise can also make it easier to fall asleep and concentrate for longer. If you find it difficult to motivate yourself to exercise, you could exercise with a friend or join a group class.
Be Socially Active
Catching up with your friends is a great way to let off steam and destress. If you aren’t feeling great, it can be tempting to cancel plans and stay at home on your own, but if you can force yourself to go, it could improve your mood. Your friends are there to listen to and share problems, and give you advice. They won’t judge, and they are likely to cheer you up.
Even if you don’t want to hang out with friends one on one, you could go to a class to learn something and bond with the people that are there. If it is an activity that you enjoy, it will give you something to look forward to, where you can talk to people with the same interests
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is essential to feeling good about yourself and your mood. If you don’t get enough sleep, it can have a lot of negative side effects, like low moods and the inability to concentrate. To get into a good sleeping habit, try and do a similar routine every day. Don’t look at any screens for about an hour before you go to bed, and try and do some relaxing activities like reading or journaling. It is also a good idea not to have too many caffeinated drinks hours before you go to bed.
Practicing mindfulness can have many benefits for you, and there are many ways that you can incorporate it into your life. It is a practice that encourages you to pay more attention to the present moment, including what you are thinking and how you are feeling. Being more aware of yourself and the present can help you to understand yourself better and enjoy life more. The positivity you will gain from dedicating a bit of time every day to mindfulness will be worth it.