Mental health is an important topic and right now there is a lot of change and transition and it can be hard to know how best to handle it all. Many people are finding that their emotions can be overwhelming. What I do know is self care is essential. Here are 10 things I am doing to help my mental health.
1. Get a good night’s sleep
If all is not well with your body, it’s hard to take care of your mind. Sleep is critical to emotional health.
2. Eat Well
Healthy, fresh foods can make a difference to your mental health.
3. Get Out In Nature
One way to bring gratitude into your life is to appreciate nature.
4. Turn off the news
It is meant to stir us up and engage our stress response. Have a news fast.
5. Share how you’re feeling
A support network is critical in times of crisis. If you’re feeling scared or anxious, let someone who cares about you know.
6. Do something you are good at
Bring in a feeling of reward by doing something you are good at and you enjoy.
7. Be of Service
Think of how you can outreach and help someone else. This includes your pets!
8. Move Your Body!
By exercising, endorphins are secreted and your mood will improve.
9. Have a massage
Mental health tension brings body tension. A massage can help the body, mind and spirit.
10. Begin A Gratitude Journal
An antidote to stress and anger is to express gratitude. Write down 3 things you are grateful for at the end of each day and keep a running list.