Mental health is something that’s being talked about a lot at the moment, which is amazing as it’s so important to your overall wellbeing. Everyone has had points in their life where their mental health has suffered, it’s hard not to in this day and age. There are a few things I have been trying to do recently, that have really helped my mental health and they have made me happier in general too.
Over the last couple of months my mental health has taken a battering. There have been a couple of things that have really helped me get back on track and get back to being myself again. Everyone has different coping methods and ways in which they keep their mind in a good place, this is just what I like to do.
One thing I have learnt over the last year is how powerful meditating can be. Before trying meditation, I was very sceptical on whether meditating actually did anything for you mind, but its amazing how much of a difference it makes. There are various forms of meditation, and a wide variety of apps you can use to learn and practice meditation. I really enjoy using Headspace, a simple app that clearly explains how to start your mindful meditation journey. Headspace has many different sessions to choose from, covering a variety of different topics that you can tailor to your needs. Meditating allows you to clear you head by focusing on one element, primarily breathing. Over time it has also taught me how to control my thoughts and lower my stress & anxiety levels. Similarly, Yoga is another great way of meditating whilst working out.
Exercise is amazing for your body and mind. I go through phases of working out three times a week and then months of nothing. I think the key to exercise is finding something you love whether that’s running, dance or even yoga. If you can’t commit to go to classes then why not go for a walk in your lunch break or do a ‘at home’ work out. It’s all about fitting it around your life and doing something you either love or love the effects off – Exercise naturally releases endorphins which make you feel on top of the world.
It’s so important to take time out for yourself, even if it’s just a couple of minutes a day. Our lives are so busy and hectic that it can sometimes feel like we don’t have time to do something for me. The trick is you have to make time for yourself, put it on your to do list or set a reminder on your phone if it helps. If you can’t find time during the week then make a point to take at least 30 minutes for yourself at the weekend. Why not have a little pamper session, your skin will thank you for it, or go into the garden and read a book for a bit. Do something that you can completely switch off with, your mind will thank you for it.
Sitting down with a book
I love reading, it’s a great way of escaping your surroundings and focusing on something completely different. I recently starting readin the Anxiety Solution and it is such a great read. It helps you understand why you are having anxiety and how you can try and overcome some of it. The book also has a variety of different exercises that you can put into practice when you are feeling anxious.
What do you do for your mental health?