Today, as technology and social media increasingly handcuff us to appointments and our phones – in the time it takes you to read this, you’ve already missed three e-mails – it is easy to forget about taking care of yourself. With so much going on around you, and so much to do, it is important to be able to take a deep breath and make some time for your mental health. As the first month of the new year comes to a close, I have put together some tips, in line with my three pillars – movement, nutrition, and spirituality – to make sure you make time for your mental health.
Strategy 1: Keeping a journal – Taking 15 minutes a day to reflect on the day can be effective for many reasons and can help you reach a wide range of goals. Journaling can help clear your head and make important connections between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. While it might seem like a tough habit to get in to, start off by writing down what you are grateful for about each day, and you will find it is not too hard.
Strategy 2: Meditate – One of the best ways to reduce stress, stay in the moment, and connect with yourself is to meditate. You do not have to meditate for hours every day to see results – 10-15 minutes is all that is needed. There are even some great apps like Headspace and Calm that help you get on the right path. It may sound crazy but it really is true that we need to make time to sit, think, and clear our minds.
Strategy 3: Exercise and Eating Well – I’m sure this isn’t the first time that you have heard that a healthy balanced diet and being active are fantastic steps towards a healthier mind, and that is because they truly are some of the best things you can do for yourself, both physically and mentally. It doesn’t matter how vigorous your workout is, or just how healthy you are eating, what is important is being active and being conscious of what you put into your body.
Implementing one of these ideas into your daily routine will not drastically change your day, and they say it only takes 14 days to build a habit, so why not take the first 2 weeks of February and use them to get on the right track in terms of taking care of your mental health. What do you guys do to take care of your mental health? I’d love to hear from you!