10 Self-Care Tips to Improve Your Mental Health
October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is “mental health for all.” 2020 has been a particularly challenging year for many of us due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and if you’ve been struggling in any way, we’re here to let you know you are not alone and we will all get through this together. Mental health is an important part of our overall health, and we want to remind you that it’s the little things we do for ourselves that can really make a positive impact on our well-being.
So, listen to your mind, body, and soul, and give yourself exactly what you need (without guilt).
Here are our top 10 tips to practice self-care:
1. Get Proper Sleep
Getting a good night’s rest is important in order to feel refreshed and function properly. Sleep keeps both your emotions and stress levels in check, as well as helps your immune system stay in tip-top shape to fight off infections.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Say No
It’s OK to need some “me-time.” Sometimes we may feel obligated to make time for friends or family members, and saying yes too often can lead to increased stress levels, or even burnout.
3. Unplug from Technology
We all could use a digital detox. Give your mind and eyes a break from the screens. We promise, your Instagram followers won’t mind. Take a nap, read a book, clean or organize your space, or go out for a walk and enjoy the fresh air.
4. Exercise Regularly
Because endorphins make people happy! We’re not saying you have to sign up for the next 10k marathon, but we recommend getting at least 30 minutes of activity into your daily routine. Take your puppy for a stroll, use the stairs instead of an elevator at the office, or get your blood pumping by doing an at-home workout.
5. Pamper Yourself
Whether you like to get manis and pedis on the reg, or you love to soak in a hot bathtub to relax after a long day, do whatever makes you happy! Put on a face mask or do your daily skincare routine, sip some wine, turn on your favorite flick, and forget about the rest.
6. Ditch Negativity
Say goodbye to the Debbie Downers in your life. We’ve all heard the saying “misery loves company,” and negative people have a tendency to turn any situation into a bad one. Instead, try to surround yourself with positive, uplifting people who have “the glass is half full” mentality.
7. Be Social
Laughter is the best medicine. Spend time with friends and family members who make you smile and always have your best interests in mind. If you are having a hard day, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Socialize as often as you want, but be sure to practice social distancing and wear a mask!
8. Get Creative
Even if you are not an artist by nature, expressing your creativity can be very relaxing and help you feel productive outside of work. Write in a journal, paint a picture, color in a coloring book, or knit a new garment. Don’t be afraid to try something different!
9. Practice Daily Affirmations
Repeat after us: “I got this.” The more you practice positive self-talk, the more you will believe in yourself. Try to avoid over-criticizing yourself and putting yourself down. Instead, celebrate your victories, no matter how small.
10. Treat Yourself
If you’ve been thinking about having an ice cream sundae for a few days now, just do it! Do you have a full shopping cart on your favorite website? Buy it! Every now and then, we deserve to treat ourselves to our favorite things.
Above all, remember to make yourself a priority because you are all that you’ve got.
(You’re doing amazing, by the way!)