When it comes to mental health, there are a lot of things you have to keep in mind, and sometimes it can get a little overwhelming. Often I have come at a crossroad where trying to take care of my mental health was more difficult than sending a text. It all came at a toll on me when I was more mentally exhausted than physically exhausted. That’s when I kicked out all the “traditional” mental health advice and made my own rules, and here is what I have come up with so far.
1. LETTING THE PAST GO:
If you are anything like me, you know we tend to hold grudges a lot. Till the fact that our minds get tired of holding grudges but our ego doesn’t let go. So one day I actually sat down and wrote out all the “grudges” I had on people, and slowly and steadily started to cross each one out that just did not seem important to me. Low and behold, at the end of the day my list was completely crossed out. That’s when I realized, all these grudges just made me more anxious, more defensive, and most of all emotionally drained. So do yourself a favor, and write down all your grudges. You will come to know that most of them are just made up.
2. EXERCISE DAILY:
Boy oh boy, was I crazy to think exercising didn’t help. During the 2020 lockdown, I started some slow and light exercises. Most of the time that was because I was in front of my laptop studying or watching Netflix. I didn’t realize it at first, but I started feeling more fresh and energetic after the first week. I gradually started doing some heavy exercises and brisk walking, and that has been working out like a dream. I sleep better, I feel better and I smile more!
3. GRAB A HOBBY, AND FOCUS ON IT:
All my life I’ve never really had a hobby. Yes, I know, TRAGIC! But I never thought I needed it. So when someone asked me what my hobbies were, I would just reply “reading”, and I hardly ever read anything, to be honest. That’s when a friend of mine really pushed me to start this blog. I did write poems and short stories when I was in school but I never knew that was what made me the happiest. Writing and maintaining this blog is really what makes me happy, and I am doing whatever I can to give it my undivided attention.
4. CUT DOWN PHONE TIME:
Our phones mean the world to us. Literally, everything about us is on it, and it can be highly addicting scrolling to Instagram or Facebook. I have had phases where I would scroll through Facebook videos for hours without realizing what time it is. Once I was terribly late at work because of it. That’s when I decided, cutting down screen time is going to be better time management for me. I started seeing results on my mental health when reducing screen time made me less anxious and less prone to migraines.
5. BALANCE YOUR DIET:
Balancing your diet is really important. Try telling that to an 18-year-old me who used to hog on chicken all day every day. I started to realize how unhealthy it was when I started gaining weight crazily. It started affecting my mental health because I started becoming more and more depressed daily. Till the fact that no one around me knew what was going on with me. I started reducing my consumption of fatty food and focused on eating healthy. All thanks to my mum though. Once I started regulating my food, I started noticing changes in my mental health too.
PS: This change isn’t telling that if you need to lose weight for better mental health. It’s my experience and how eating right helped me.
6. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO MOTIVATE YOU, AND NOT JUST FAKE IT:
This is one point I am going to stand by for the rest of my life. Surrounding yourself with people who motivate you is extremely important because those people are the ones who truly care for you, and they will be by your side through everything. I have had a few fake people in my life where it clearly shows on their face how jealous they were of anything I do. So a piece of advice from me, cut out those toxic people and find your crowd. Find people who will stand by you and love you through the darkest times.
7. HAVE DAILY AFFIRMATIONS OR YOURSELF:
During my last post “2 simple ways you can conquer 2021”, I mentioned the importance of having daily affirmations. It is truly astonishing what daily affirmations can do to your mental health. It makes you feel better, it brings a smile to your face, and most of all, and it gives you so much confidence to conquer pretty much anything.
Taking care of your mental health is a priority and not just a luxury. Your mental health is what makes you strong and confident.
That’s it for today. I’ll see you in the next one, until then, adios, have a nice day, and stay safe! Xoxo………