The lead up to Christmas for many people can be a mixed journey. That means you must take care of your mental health. For some, it’s a time to catch up with family. For others, it can be a lonely, sad time of year, while for some it can be a time of emotional, financial or physical stress.
Mental health, or emotional health refers to your overall psychological well being. This includes how you feel about yourself, your ability to navigate the obstacles in life and the quality of your relationships. To have good mental health means adding in the presence of positive characteristics. How are you tracking right now? Take a check, read the 7 tips below and make sure you add some into your day. This way you will keep yourself alert, positive and strong enough to deal with the challenges of this time of year.
7 tips to keep your mental health in tip top shape.
1. Stop and De-focus. Take a moment to chill out each day. To be present in the moment. Whether this is to daydream, sit and do nothing or notice the sun or wind on your face, or listen to your breathe or watch the birds. When you make a conscious effort to be aware of your inner and outer world you will improve your mental health.
2. Challenge Yourself in some way every day. Try something new, different or learn a new skill. Learning improves your mental health and increases your personal power, self esteem and confidence. It adds to your sense of achievement and fulfillment.
3. Rest and Sleep. Sleep restores your body and mind. It is critical for your overall mental health. Try to go to bed at a regular time most days. Turn your computer off at least an hour before you go to bed! Get up a few minutes early to start your day with some time just for you, so you can clearly focus for the day.
4. Deal with your stresses. Stress is a part of life. Everyone deals with events in a different way. Try to identify some of your triggers. Observe yourself and how you react to your stresses, and if they don’t serve you, act in a different way. Only when you are aware of the triggers can you start to change the way you respond. The inability to handle stress is a major cause of mental health problems today.
5. Take care of yourself. Fuel your body with good healthy fresh food and drink plenty of water. Your mental health is linked to your physical health. When you eat healthier and keep your body hydrated, you will feel better, more alive and alert.
6. Connect with others. Humans have a fundamental need to connect with other humans, so make sure you make time to connect with like minded people. It will enhance your overall mental health immensely.
7. Have fun! Do something you enjoy. Watch a funny movie, dance or sing. Make sure you have a good laugh. Laughing produces higher vibrating chemicals in your body which will help you feel more invigorated and will keep your mental health in top gear.
Until next time, remember Your Mindset Matters
Mandy Napier BSc