Each year it rolls around, I find myself comparing myself to the person I was a year ago. My self-care last year was barely there, even if I promised myself I’d incorporate it more. This is why I wanted to share my self-care tips for mental health.
Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK begins from the 10th of May to the 16th of this year. Last year, we were about to face one of the hardest tests. A year on, we are still facing the pandemic. Self-care is so important, with all the spare time we had last year, we could begin baking, exercising, and even slowing down. As life begins to resume in the U.K. it’s important for this to continue.
Remaining stress-free makes us more approachable, more able to connect and empathise, and even work more effectively. Not only that, when we take care of ourselves, we are more able to take care of others.
Having been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder (which occasionally fuels depression) I’d expected the change to daily life, the working from home and social aspects the hardest last year. I actually found myself thriving last year, finally taking the time to slow down and stop. Previously, I’d actually needed to take time off from work because I’d been struggling. My therapist recommended it, and it was amazingly helpful. The additional time last year helped too, centring so I can begin to achieve my goals. I don’t want to lose that progress now.
For this year, I wanted to share some self-care tips for mental health. It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to self-care, especially as for those in the U.K, their lives are beginning to return to normal.
I began to take care of myself for the first time, using these self-care tips.
My Six Self-Care Tips For Mental Health
Keeping A Diary
Keeping a diary, bullet journalling or mood tracking can be great at highlighting patterns, changes in mood and even keeping yourself on schedule. When you feel overwhelmed, seeing what you have to achieve can be really helpful to prioritise tasks. I began keeping a diary for two reasons.
One: So I could begin to see what I achieved in a day, to remind myself of what I can do.
Two: To ensure I keep on track with blog posts, Instagram posts and even appointments.
Being creative can be different for each person, but its super important for your mental health. For me, writing helps declutter my brain as well as provides a visual proof of something I can be proud of. It’s a tangible thing I can see and hold, that I’ve created. You can draw, paint, write and even sing. Whatever takes your fancy.
Organise and Clean Out
I do not have a cluttered house by any means, but having a good declutter isn’t just good for the space in your home but for your mind. It also helps to say goodbye to old versions of you (because we all keep hold of clothes that no longer serve us) and even help us introduce ourselves to the person we’ve become.
Have An R+R Night
Bring a spa to your home, grab some face masks and candles, and have a night dedicated to you. If you’re someone who loves binging trashy TV, this is the perfect night for it. For me, I love to have a hot shower, do a face mask, watch some Criminal Minds and pamper myself. Life is so busy, moments flash before our eyes, and it’s so important to take a moment to appreciate what we do, who we are, all the while giving our bodies time to heal.
Go For A Walk
Getting outside is super beneficial for reducing feelings of anger, fatigue and sadness. Seeing green, feeling cool air on our face, and being within nature helps reduce stress and can help you feel better about yourself. Getting out for even a fifteen minute walk can have all these benefits, so, if you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed or trapped, get outside and explore some parks.
Social Media Cleanse
I personally find this one the hardest, but I’ve attempted it (and failed). I now give myself only certain hours to be on social media, which helps me to disconnect. You can do a social media cleanse to begin unfollowing people who bring negative energy to you, unfollow accounts which make you feel bad, and even do a day or week break from it to recuperate. Social media has so many benefits, but occasionally it can ruin us. It can strip us of our confidence, making us wish for a life we currently can’t achieve.
Social media also paints an idea to us, one that is often staged. Be careful of your headspace with social media.
While these are just six self-care tips for mental health, there are so many more out there. Anything which allows you to reconnect with yourself, and taking a moment for yourself can be classed as self-care, these are just the ones I make sure I do regularly. Your time, body and mind are precious, and treating it as such will reward you in the long run.
A stressed mind is an unhappy mind. So make sure you find your own self-care tips for mental health, and share them below.
Check Out ‘Tips For Mental Burn Out‘ at Pages of the Moone.
Alternatively, you can learn more about Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, Here.