10 Tips on Minding Your Mental Health
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But first, let’s talk Mental Health and what you can do to help yourself.
Sometimes the health and fitness community can spend too much time focusing on physical health when there is often a much larger problem at hand. Understanding and controlling our mental health can make a massive difference to not only how we feel, but also how we look.
Today, we’re going to take a look at the ten top tips for minding your mental health for a healthier, happier you.
- Make Sleep a Priority
Sleep has a dramatic impact on how we feel and how we act or react to lack of sleep can often tell a big tail in our daily lives. We all know the difference a good night’s rest can make, but for some reason we never try hard enough to get one. Focus on putting a great night time routine into place. Switch off from social media at least one hour before bed light some fab scented candles, read a book and aim to be in bed at the very least before midnight.
Meditation simply puts you alone in a quiet place to deal with your thoughts in a comfortable environment. It doesn’t need to be long. In fact, just one 10-minute session a day can make a dramatic difference both immediately and in the long run. I recommend downloading the App Headspace to get you started on your meditation journey.
- Take Care of Your Diet
Alongside sleep, food can have a dramatic and instant impact on how we feel. If we eat the wrong foods, we end up feeling sluggish and low and can experience dramatic mood swings. Not to mention our immune system takes a hit, leaving us more susceptible to illnesses and making us feel even worse or more run down. Ensure your diet is filled with great wholesome foods, lots of veggies and good quality protein and above all make sure you are getting enough omegas into your body.
- Get Outside
Human beings are supposed to be outside. When we spend too long indoors, our mind loses that natural connection to the great outdoors and we start to develop negativity. Making sure to get out each and every day can make a world of difference, even if it’s just for a short walk. I always enjoy taking Buddy (my dog) out for a stroll in the fresh air.
Exercise has been shown time and time again to boost your mood. Even though it might be hard while you’re doing it, the effect on your body and mind in the long-run definitely outweighs the costs. Aim for 3-4 sessions a week lasting about 30-45 minutes. The trick is do something you enjoy so that you don’t even realise you’re exercising.
- Make Time for You
We can too often spend time focusing on work, friends, and family that we never spend enough time doing what we want to do. Dedicate one or two times every week towards doing something that you enjoy, whether that be watching a movie, going out for a walk or an individual hobby.
Just as humans are designed to be outside, we’re also designed to be around other people and form loving and fun connections. Just as you need to make time for yourself, you should also make time to be with those you enjoy spending time with doing things that make you happy. There is nothing like a cuppa or a lunch date with one of your friends to pick you right up.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Asking for help is the simplest thing you can do when you’re not feeling too great, but many of us feel embarrassed or too ashamed to reach out. However, there’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Find the people who you can put your faith in and trust and then when you’re feeling down turn to them and let them know how you are feeling.
- Value Yourself
Understand your worth. It may not be easy, and it may take a while before it hits, but you need to know that you deserve good things. Everyone has done things they’re not proud of, but you do deserve to be happy. When life’s getting too much, take a step back and assess what’s contributing towards your positive mind-set and your negative mind-set. If something’s getting you down and it’s not necessary, strip it from your life, your time and energy is an extremely valuable-asset, use it wisely.
- Help Others
Sometimes we can be so cocooned up in our own little bubble that in order to help ourselves we actually need to help others. Volunteering your time and energy helps you to feel good about doing something effective for someone who needs it. It doesn’t need to be big like travelling to Africa to build homes – it can be as simple as buying a coffee for the person behind you in the queue. Just try to do something for someone else each and every day.
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