It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, so to mark it, here are 7 ways to boost your mental health and improve your life and wellbeing.
1. Make Mental Health Care Part Of Your Day To Day Living
Have you ever developed a cavity, and wished that you had taken better care of your teeth as you made your way to the dentist? Yep, been there, done that and got the t.shirt. In order to maintain good dental hygiene, we need to take care of our teeth, and it’s the same with our headspace. Make daily mental health maintenance a priority, so the tips that I am about to share with you are something that you don’t do once, but you do regularly.
2.Get Out And Try Grounding (Earthing)
Find some grass, take your socks and shoes off, and stand with your feet on the ground. This activity is called grounding, or earthing and it helps to calm and stabilise the body, and the benefits of it are proven. If you can’t get out into nature, just head out into your garden, and try to do this for around 30 minutes.
3. Take A Daily Cold Shower
It might take a little time to get used to this one. but a daily cold shower is a real boost to the physical and mental system. If you haven’t heard of Wim Hoff, you misty have been hiding under a rock somewhere. Taking a cold shower increases the production of endorphins, which are the feel good hormones which boosts mental health and wellbeing.
4. Do Something You’re Good At
We can become so self critical, focusing on the things that we did not do or cannot do. Take some time, to do something that you are good at, bake that cake, paint, boost your self esteem and remind yourself of the things that you are good at. This helps us to create balance, rather than only looking at what we are not so good at.
5. Monitor Time On Social Media
How much time are you spending on social media? Take a look at it, and monitor your time on it. Make a choice to log off social media, one hour earlier and then find an alternative activity to fill the time with. For example, read paint, take a hot bubble bath. All too often we tell ourselves that we don’t have time for self care, but freeing up just one hour will soon take care of that.
6. Create A Morning Routine
Create a morning routine and take time before jumping into another busy day to do some breath work, or meditate or journal, Mindset is everything and by taking the time to check in with yourself, you are able to be more aware of your mental health and wellbeing and if anything starts to feel ‘off’ you can nip it in the bud.
7. Talk About Things
Talk about things, to friends and to family, take time to talk. Even if you don’t think that your problems are anything, sharing things is a form of mental decluttering and clearing. Keep on top of things and make it priority to do regular mental house keeping. All too often, bottling things up is what creates a bigger problem, so make mental decluttering a priority.
I hope that you enjoy trying some of these tips, and as always, if you are experiencing any difficulties, if anxiety and stress is perhaps too much for you, then please reach out to me. You can book a free clarity call with me here if you would like to speak to me about booking a one to one session.
Christopher Paul Jones