In the last year, there has been a lot of focus on ‘self-care’ and mental health. It has become a very mainstream term, an idea that has proven that our mental health is as important as our physical health. Unfortunately, most of us don’t know what that even means. If you are feeling…
I’m not talking about a spa day (though that does sound wonderful), long hours with a therapist, or a meditation retreat.
It just takes 5 minutes to check in with your mental health. Ask yourself…
Have my muscles been stretched?
Have I eaten regularly and healthy?
Have I been nice to myself and others?
Have I had a good enough sleep?
Am I hydrated enough?
*If the answer to these questions is ‘no’, then take care of that problem FIRST*
Then if you are still needing more, here is my list of some low maintenance mental health actions you can take TODAY to help YOU feel like YOU again.
To begin, find an empty journal – I have found that if I buy something attractive or with a great quote on it, I keep it around. A nice pen goes a long way too. Then, find your WHY. Journaling increases productivity, self-awareness, allows for gratitude, focus, and can even strengthen your willpower. Let your guard down and express yourself in a carefree and honest way. I usually list a few things I am proud of, grateful for, my To Do list, and a few feelings that I am having. Everyone is different- perfectionism is not the key.
This one is simple… Get outside. Take a walk. take off your shoes and walk in the grass—- no distractions, no podcasts, no music– Put on sunscreen, wear a hat and soak of that Sunshine Vitamin.
Like many, my mind can go on autopilot. The practice of being mindful is to just observe where your mind is going and trying to bring it back to the present. This is very different from a true meditation practice because it is just the practice of being PRESENT— in the moment. This can be accomplished anywhere at any time.
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Mental health includes physical, social and emotional health. It can affect our behavior, thoughts and emotions. Make these low maintenance practices apart of your daily routine today.