I understand what it’s like to have down days, low mental days, depression, feeling anxious, etc. We all go through days where we feel down, and it’s actually something that unites us as human beings. We all have feelings, insecurities, feelings of vulnerability, etc.- it’s what makes us human!
There is way more to mental health than I can speak to, I am not a doctor, but I can tell you a few things that help prevent me from having these days more frequently. A lot of it has to do with taking care of myself, checking in and being mindful of where I am at the moment.
Now for the most part I am a positive and happy person, but again this is to help prevent those down days and stay on top of my mental health 🙂
1) Find time for yourself in the morning- Finding time to have a moment to yourself in the morning before rushing off to work, school, taking care of someone else, etc. is so important. It could be taking a few extra minutes to make breakfast, stretching before you get dressed, reading a few pages of a book or sipping your coffee while listening to music- whatever makes you happy! Making yourself a priority before heading off into the world will make you feel more calm and start your day on a more positive note.
2) Check in with yourself- This is something I’m still trying to work on. I tend to speed through weeks without stepping back and checking in with myself, until sometimes it’s too late. It’s really easy for me to ignore and mask my emotions, so taking a little extra time to reflect on myself and check in is going to the top of my priorities. This could be through meditation, journaling, walking, sitting outside or even yoga. One thing I like to do is record notes on my phone while I’m walking- it’s faster than writing and also is more natural for me!
3) Find a passion or activity- This is also something I am working on, but do you go through the work week, do all the things you have to do and then wait until the weekend to do something that makes you happy? Finding an activity that is truly something you want to do can make SUCH a difference in your week and mental health! Some things for me are reading (non-fiction, nutrition, mystery) taking fitness classes, COOKING, drinking wine on our porch with my husband and spending time outside.
4)Check your surroundings- If you are constantly feeling bad about yourself, feeling anxious, depressed think about who you are surrounding yourself with. This includes social media too! If you are following people who are making you feel like you aren’t good enough or doing enough, unfollow them or don’t be around them anymore! Life is TOO short to surround yourself with people who bring you down instead of make you feel like your best self. Tune in and see if you are surrounding yourself with people who make you feel truly happy, supported, inspired and encouraged.
Let me know what you think of these tips and if you have any that you do as well!