Feeling Great: 10 Basic Mental Health Tips
Some handy hints to help you take care of yourself.
Mental Health 02nd Jun, 2021
Feeling great, inside and out is not always an easy thing to achieve. For many reasons, the past couple of years (2020 & 2021 particularly) have been a difficult period for most people. A positive lesson learned from it, however, is precisely how important it is to prioritise our mental health in order to reach ‘feeling great’ status.
Feeling Great: Let’s Start With The Basics:
You’ve already heard it before, but prioritising your basic needs, including feeding, sleeping, and having physical exercise, is essential for your mental health. Taking care of our bodies will make us feel better, and it boosts our self-esteem. Here you have some activities to begin taking care of yourself and feeling great in no time:
7-9 hours of sleep is recommended for feeling great. Set a timer on your phone for at least 1 hour before bedtime to switch off all devices. Instead of scrolling through your tablet, engage in calming practices such as reading, drawing, yoga, or listening to a meditation.
Pay attention to your hunger signals and try to consume at least one meal without being distracted (that means no phones, no computers, no TV, etc.). If you’re exhausted or hungry in class or work, consider making snacks ahead of time to keep yourself satiated and concentrated.
Choose things you enjoy and are eager to do to make physical activity more enjoyable. Working out doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Walking, yoga or low-impact workouts are also good ways to move your body and improve your mental and physical health.
Try To Create An Internet-Free Space:
It’s no surprise that many of us are exhausted by virtual socialising. If this sounds like you, it’s time to unplug and discover new ways to meet people and stay in touch with friends and family.
Here Are a Few Suggestions to Getting You Back to Feeling Great:
- Try Mail: Mailing letters, postcards, or small packages to friends, relatives, and other loved ones can be a fantastic way to stay in touch. It can also provide you with something to anticipate.
- Assume You Have A Landline Phone: Face-to-face encounters have been rapidly replaced by video calls. Although being on camera all day can be an excellent way to see and talk with friends or family, it can also be exhausting. If video chats terrify you, make an old-fashioned phone call instead. The difference might surprise you.
- Become A Volunteer: Look into volunteer opportunities for a cause you care about. This can be an excellent way to become more active in your group and meet new people who share your interests.
- Maintain A Safe Distance From Others When Socialising: Choose activities that allow you to keep a safe space from your friends while still seeing them. Outdoor sports such as hiking or biking, for example, are a perfect way to socialise while also adhering to public health regulations. Before leaving the house, double-check the current dial level for any restrictions.
Take Care Of Yourself:
If you’re having trouble, don’t be afraid to ask for support from someone you know. Connecting with others and seeking support from friends, family, or professionals will help you get through difficult times. We live in a society that places a premium on fast fixes and simple solutions, however, mental health is a complicated problem, and feeling great can take time, maturity, and practice. Sticking with it is a vital part of improving your mental health.
It’s tempting to keep changing through mental health practices in search of the safest and most straightforward solution. Take stock of what you already know and put it into effect.