It’s a day to advocate for better mental health services, destigmatize negative associations, and – most importantly – for us to remember to take time to focus on our own mental health. Just as we should go for regular physical check ups to ensure that we’re healthy, we should do the same for our mental health. So instead of falling down a rabbit hole of 10/10 sales and promotions, here are 10 ways you can work on improving your mental health!
1. Make time for yourself and your hobbies.
Self love and self care are vital to maintaining a good mental state. When you make time for yourself, you’ll have more energy for everything else.
2. Learn to recognise and manage your emotions.
Note down negative thoughts and feelings, as well as what triggers them. This will help you learn how to tackle them.3. Do small acts of kindness.
When you spread positivity, your mental state will also become more positive. Don’t forget that you also deserve kindness!
4. Take care of your physical health
Even if it’s just a 10-minute walk, make sure that you’re moving every day. Exercise has been proven to be instrumental in keeping your brain happy.
5. Prioritize your sleep.
Dealing with the world becomes extra hard when your brain isn’t rested enough. Create a sleep routine to wind down before bed, and don’t be afraid to cancel late night plans.
6. Keep a gratitude journal.
Note down everything that you appreciate, no matter how small/ The smell of coffee, the cute cat you saw – all these small pieces of happiness will help keep your mental state positive.
7. Take things one step at a time.
Getting things done can be very overwhelming, so be gentle with yourself. Break tasks down into small chunks, and focus on one difficult thing at a time.
8. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.
Nobody is perfect, and messing up is an unavoidable part of life. Mistakes are good opportunities to learn and change, so focus on what you can do better next time.
9. Don’t be afraid to try new things and make new mistakes.
Amazing things can happen when we step out of our comfort zone. Messing up doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try again, or try totally new things.
10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Mental health isn’t something we can manage alone. Reach out to mental health communities and associations, and you’ll find an amazing support system for when you need it most.