5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself and Your Mental Health

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As mental health comes closer to the forefront of social media, people have become increasingly more aware of how important it is to care for themselves. Some of us are so wound up trying to take everything on, we sometimes forget to pause and take a mental health break.

Mental health is super important when you’re really busy, even when it seems impossible because we’ve all got a lot going on. So here are 5 ways to keep your mental health in check even when you’re stressed beyond belief.

Take a Quick Break

It is vital to block off some time during your day to just give yourself some time to breathe and relax. It could be the half hour after you get home from work, or maybe it could mean just going to bed like 15 minutes early.

Whatever it is you choose to do, remember the point is to use that time to wind down. So maybe read a book or just lie on your bed for a few minutes and clear your mind. During this time do your best to stay away from screens. Your brain needs a break from social media. Even if we like it, there is no denying it makes you feel busy and overwhelmed. Disconnect for only a few minutes a day and I can promise you it will help improve your mental health.

Eat Better Food

It is so much easier to drown yourself in trashy foods when you’re stressed out. What most of us don’t realize is that it puts even more stress on our bodies. The result: exhaustion.

Eating more veggies and less junk food will not only make you feel better about yourself mentally but also will help your body feel better physically. So take 10 minutes to chop up some carrots and celery so that you have it ready when you need a snack. Plan a couple of quick meals ahead of time so that on your busiest days you can conveniently reheat it in the microwave.

If you feed your body what it needs, instead of filling it with quick junk, you’ll find yourself less tired and much less stressed.

Ask your Friends for Help

When you’re super busy and wrapped up in the thick of things, it can be so hard to remember to give yourself a break. So find someone who cares about you and let them know you’re feeling overwhelmed. I can promise you they will want to help. If you live with your friend/significant other, ask if they do more cooking or take out the trash or whatever it is to help lighten your load. Ask a friend if they can come over at a particular time of day and force you to go to for a walk.

Workout at Least 10 Minutes a Day

You don’t have to make a big deal out of it, just step into your favorite tennis shoes and take yourself for a quick walk. It will do wonders for your mental health. You could also try to find alternatives to going to the gym. You could try new fit things like goat yoga or mermaiding. See a couple creative new ways to get fit by checking out our other post here.

Write it Out

It’s so easy to feel super overwhelmed when you’re trying to remember everything on your to-do list. It doesn’t help when you have a million feelings roaming around in your head as well. So gather your to-dos and write them all down in a notebook, or in your phone’s notes.  It will not only help you to see exactly what you have to do, but you’ll reduce stress.

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