Nine Self-Care Tips For Boosting Your Mental Health
Taking Care of You First
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Yet, so many of us spend our days caring for our physical needs and taking care of others while failing to take the necessary steps to maintain our thoughts and emotions. If you want to live a truly fulfilling and healthy life, you must care for your mental health. Here are eight tips for making self-care a part of your routine.
Clear the Clutter
There’s something about decluttering your home that brings peace of mind. Take a day or two to go through all your belongings, decide what to keep and discard, and deep clean your home room by room. You’ll feel less stressed and be able to think more clearly. Plus, a thorough cleaning-and-decluttering session makes it easier for you to maintain your home in the future.
Get to Bed
Out of all the things busy people sacrifice, sleep is often at the top of the list. It doesn’t matter if you have elite physical fitness, eat perfectly, and are citizen of the year in your hometown — if you don’t get enough sleep, your mind won’t be able to adequately process the events of the day and recharge for the next day. So, remember to prioritize rest.
Yes, exercise really is all it’s made out to be. Not only are there the well-known physical benefits, but it’s also vital for your mental health. Carrying out a regular fitness routine is known to significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also lead to better sleep, sharper focus, and improved self-esteem. Exercise comes in many forms, so you should be able to find a routine that works for you with a little trial and error.
Feed Yourself the Good Stuff
Yes, eating healthy is also all it’s cracked up to be. Not only does a good diet promote weight loss, strong bones, and reduced risks of disease, but it also fosters positive mental health by improving memory, boosting mood, and promoting good sleep. Eat clean and limit sugary drinks and you’ll be well on your way to a nutritious diet.
Breathe Clean Air
Did you realize that the air you breathe can impact your mental health? Clean air has been shown to boost happiness. So while you should make getting plenty of fresh air outdoors a priority, don’t neglect the air in your home. Consider purchasing an air purifier to reduce pollutants and allergens. It’s best to consult reviews and guides before making a purchase.
Do Something Relaxing/Fun
Sometimes, you just have to do something you enjoy. Think of something you would do on vacation and try to make it a weekly thing. Say “no” to working overtime so you can go hiking with your family. Take a long lunch break to go to your favorite spa. Activities unrelated to your obligations can help you keep life in perspective.
Start a Journal
Another self-care practice that can be beneficial is to start a journal. Expressing your thoughts and feelings through writing is a great method for self-observance and relieving stress. You could also keep a weekly or daily progress journal in which you would write down things you are grateful for along with any goals you have recently accomplished.
Designate a Positivity Day
This is a fun one — and, truthfully, extremely difficult. Pick a day out of your week and decide that you’re not going to say anything negative all day. This includes both your conversations with others and your self-talk. When you get a negative thought, you have to quickly replace it with a positive thought. This is by far the hardest tip on this list to pull off, but if you go through your day with the mindset that only positive words and thoughts are welcome, you may be surprised by how much better you feel.
Don’t Feel Bad About Self-Care
Last but not least: don’t feel guilty about doing things for yourself. Self-care is not selfish — it’s a necessity for anyone who wants to live an all-around healthy life. Besides, you can also be a much better person for others when you take care of yourself.
There is much more to health than the physical aspects. In order to really be healthy, we must pay attention to our mental health. These eight tips are a good start, but they’re only the beginning. Do your research and figure out what self-care practices work the best for you. It’s not as much about what kind of self-care you do, it just matters that you’re doing it.
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