Considering that next week is National Eating Disorder awareness, I wanted to share a post about having better mental health. I know that when I was struggling, I felt like I was alone. I was scared and didn’t know what to do, but these few tips and tricks actually do help…With much prayer, God was able to grant me a healthy mind to continue living my life to the fullest and following his plan to share my story with all of you!
Just remember that there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach to mental health, everyone is different and thinks differently. So, you can tailor these examples to yourself.
Lifestyle and Career Coach Harper Spero states, “There are many ways to get into a routine, but the number one rule is to make it work for you. Just because a routine works for your friend or family member doesn’t mean it’s the best for you to take. Routines help you manage your time better, be more productive, less stressed and feel less overwhelmed.”
Here are a few ways to practice better mental health…
1. Treat yourself with grace and kindness
When you are feeling down and are being really harsh with yourself, ask yourself this question, “Would I treat my best friend, mom, dad, sister, brother etc. the way I am treating myself now?”
2. Have healthy boundaries and feel free to say “no.”
You don’t have to say “yes” to everything if it is leaving you overwhelmed and spread thin. I know that for me, I give my time, energy, and a lot of my effort to other people and sometimes I am left feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Make sure to set healthy boundaries to take care of your mental stability.
3. Don’t compare yourself to others
This is a biggy! The more that you compare yourself to others, the more unhappy you will be. Be you! Embrace who you are and rock it, because you are amazing! No one is like you, so don’t try to be like someone else….you are awesome already!
4. Be present and get outside– In today’s day and age we are all on tablets, computers, laptops, phones, etc, but rarely do we embrace our surroundings. Try this exercise this weekend…Get offline for an hour. Go outside, look up at the sky and embrace the sunshine, or rain…and take 10 deep, slow breaths. I’ve done this for a while now. I go, sit outside and just breathe in the sunshine…it’s a game changer! I feel so much more calm and energized when I get away from all the screens that I use.
5. Prioritize self-care– A few of my favorite ways to practice self-care daily are:
- Eating healthy to fuel and energize my body
- Drinking lots of water
- Taking breaks after completing hard tasks either at work or school
- Going for a walk- I love walking with my dogs it makes me so happy!
- Making time for family, friends, and hobbies
These are just a few ways to practice some mental health…I hope they are helpful for you!