When was the last time you put yourself and your health first?
Knowing how to improve mental health can be life changing in so many ways if you know how to look after yourself in the right way. You deserve to be your number one priority and don’t ever forget it.
Well hello strangers! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, hasn’t it?
The reason I’ve had such a big break is due to me taking time out to concentrate on improving my mental health which makes this post perfect to publish this evening.
Here are a few ways that you can take care of your mental health with minimal effort:
1. Keep a journal
Remember the days of writing in your diary every evening and how important it once was to you? Now do it all over again but this time put more effort in and stick to it. Start a journal or a planner where you can keep track of what you eat, what you done in the day and how you felt. Keeping note of your emotions each day is key to learning how to improve mental health and mood changes from day to day.
I always used to keep a diary when I was a teen and it really helped me keep track of how I was feeling and find any trigger points that may have been the reason for emotional outbursts. It’s only recently I’ve started doing this again and I find it so helpful!
2. Don’t be afraid to talk
After you’ve accepted that it’s okay to ask for help, come the steps of finding people who you can trust and open up to. Getting things off your mind and telling someone can not only relieve you of the emotional weight but a problem shared is often a problem solved. It sounds so simple, right? It took me a while to be able to open up to the people close to me about how I felt but once I did I didn’t have to hide anymore.
3. Smile more often
It sounds silly but when we smile we trigger a signals in our brain which actually release happy hormones. Smile at the stranger you make eye contact with or the cashier that’s serving you. If you suffer with resting bitch face like me then that’s even more reason to make the effort to smile more. I try to smile at myself in the mirror at least once a day because I always end up laughing at how funny I look and without realising it I actually start to feel better on the inside.
4. Appreciate the small things
I have a plaque in my kitchen which says ‘enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll realise that they were the big things’. This saying really is true as the small things in life that we appreciate are the things that keep us going every day. It’s hard not worry about the bigger things in life but if you push the ‘what ifs’ to the back of your mind you can enjoy the moment a lot more. Once I was given the wrong address by mistake for an interview and I ended up lost in an area which I didn’t know in London with a dead phone. I thought it was the worst day ever but two kind ladies saw me in distress trying to find directions back to the train station and I ended up having breakfast with them. This taught me that strangers can be kind.
5. Take a break from social media
Working in social media allows me to see the good and bad points about the online world. Social media is great for keeping up to date with friends, the latest news and what the latest trends are but there are bad points. Social media makes it so easy to compare yourself to others and has led to an increase in depression and anxiety.
Next, read my post on ‘Life before the internet was such a huge deal’!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! If you have any tips on how to improve mental health and wellbeing please comment below as I would love to hear them!