You might often think of trying that new fad diet or cutting down on your soda addiction, but how often to do you think of ways to improve your mental health?
Having good mental health can help us to be more confident, more successful, and happier in many areas of our lives. Here are some great self-care tips for your brain:
Self-Care Tips for Your Brain
- Take Care of Your Physical Body: Physical health has an impact on your mental health as well. Treat your body well by eating nutritiously, exercising regularly, and making it a priority to get enough sleep.
- Develop Healthy Relationships: Having a strong support system through family and friends is an important aspect of good mental health. Make sure those closest to you help build you up, not tear you down.
- Volunteer: It feels good to take the focus off of yourself and serve someone else for a time. Find ways to volunteer some time in your community, your neighborhood, or even do random acts of kindness for those you work with or live with.
- Manage Your Stress: Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as going for a run or listening to calming music. Be careful not to take on too much at once and ask for help if you need it.
- Practice Meditation or Prayer: Depending on your preference, meditating or praying can help to improve your state of mind and help you feel calm. Find time to do this daily.
- Set Realistic Goals: Develop a plan, write it down, be careful not to overschedule yourself, and follow through on accomplishing your goals. You will find a feeling of accomplishment and increased self-worth.
- Get Educated About Mental Illness: Mental illness can be just as debilitating as a physical illness. All can be treated; however, due to a stigma associated with mental illness, many mental illnesses go untreated. Take the time to gain more education in order to properly address any mental illness that may be occurring. This also helps you learn important coping habits for mental health struggles.
- Break Out of Routines: We may not realize it until it is too late, but we have a habit of getting caught in routines and find ourselves in monotony. Find ways to change up your routines and be careful of getting too comfortable in any one situation.
- Take on Mental Challenges: If you enjoy puzzles of any sort, do them often to keep your mental faculties sharp. Just like any muscle in the body, we must continue to work our brain to maintain its health. This can even include learning a new language.
- Avoid Drugs and Alcohol: These substances can literally alter the brain and your mental state. They are also often used as coping mechanisms for those struggling with mental illness. Find healthier ways to find relief.
- Go to a Therapist: Everyone has a need for a therapist, but few of us regularly see one. Look into resources in your area, those provided through your insurance, or even through your place of work.
- Make Time for Yourself: Even if it is only half an hour or less, find time to do something for yourself each day. This might be going for a walk or taking the time to read something for enjoyment.
- Keep a Journal: Regularly writing in a journal is helpful for working through emotions and experiences, a great way to remember happy times and record our triumphs over hard times.
- Communicate More: It is not healthy or helpful to keep emotions inside. Choose a few trustworthy loved ones with whom you can share the details of your day and goings-on in your life. It is also important to participate in stimulating conversations.
- Gain Control of Your Finances: Financial problems can certainly weigh on us and cause undue stress and mental fatigue. If you are struggling with debt or to make ends meet, it might be a good idea to sit down with a financial advisor to figure out how to better manage your money.
- Read Often: It has been shown those who read often and read a wide variety of books experience better mental health. So go to your local library and get some great recommendations for your next read.
- Learn a New Hobby: Being a lifelong learner is an important part of mental health. Take the time to learn something new, in turn giving yourself something fun and exciting to experience.
- Work With Your Hands: Any activity that requires your hands and concentration, such as woodwork, sewing, or other crafts or activities, is great for a mental workout. These activities can help increase your spatial awareness.
- Take a Break: It’s ok to do nothing for a while to allow your mind to refresh itself. Allow yourself to daydream, take a short nap, or doing some breathing exercises. Cut yourself some slack and recognize when you are feeling overwhelmed.
- Live in the Moment: Anxiety is a fear of future events that have not taken place (or may never take place). Worrying too much about events that have already transpired can weigh on us as well. Learn to focus on the present and those things you can enjoy or change right now.
- Go Outside: Getting out and into nature can be incredibly relaxing and good for your mental health. Green spaces and natural environments have notable health benefits for both your body and mind and have even been shown to be helpful in the treatment of some mental health disorders, including ADHD.
It can also help to track your physical and emotion symptoms. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll get access to an emotional tracker and a physical tracker that I had made for you, my readers.