Lately I’ve been noticing a dip in my mental health. I’m good at recognizing when I begin feeling low. I begin to feel more stressed, agitated and sleepy. Over time, I have learnt what activities make me feel better and I consciously make an effort to practice these. If your noticing your mental health dipping, practice the 7 ways I’m improving my mental health.
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Reducing negativity may sound hella vague but hear me out.
Your emotions, feelings and environment have a huge impact on your mental health. If your environment is full of negativity, it will then begin to transfer into other parts of your life.
Once I started noticing all the negativity in my life, it became easier to distance myself from it. The people you follow on social media who make you feel like shit. Friends who constantly beat you down and even my own perception of myself.
I’m making a conscious effort everyday to reduce the negativity in my life. Understanding that I am the only person who can change my outlook has become a key part of eliminating negativity.
How am I reducing negativity in my life?
- Unfollowing people on social media who don’t make me feel positive
- Reducing the amount of time I spend scrolling through social media
- Taking a break from mainstream media
- Journaling my negative thoughts and feelings
- Doing more of what makes me happy.
Journaling is something I have always wanted to do but couldn’t get behind, until now!
I started journaling in January 2019 as an attempt to organised my thoughts. I am the kind of person who would forget to put on shoes if I didn’t leave myself a note.
Journaling is helping both my memory and my mental health. Everyday, I write out my to do list, daily gratitude and affirmations. Practicing gratitude is changing how I look at my life and the world around me. I am becoming much more appreciative of my world.
I have never been a huge fan of exercise. No, scrap that, I hated exercise, until I made it work for me.
When you think of exercise you probably think of running, cardio and getting all sweaty at the gym. However, if hard and fast exercise doesn’t appeal to you, find something more relaxing. I have started doing Yoga on a morning which is the perfect exercise for me. Its not too strenuous yet it still makes me feel amazing after.
If you’re wanting to try Yoga then I recommend checking out Yoga With Adrianna on Youtube. She has some amazing tutorials on different yoga routines to choose from based on how you are feeling.
Focusing On Self Care
When I first started battling depression and anxiety, I realised just how important self care was for my mental wellbeing. Self care is one of the main ways I’m improving my mental health.
For me, self care is all about taking time to do the things I love. Recently, I’ve been spending more time reading, painting and listening to music. What activities do you enjoy doing? Check out the posts below to develop your self care routine.
Reading more is probably one of the best things I am doing to improve my mental health. I have always been an avid reader of fiction but recently I’ve started getting into personal development books.
Recently, I’ve started listening to audio-books on Audible. Everyday I walk to and from work so I put in my headphones and play my latest obsession. This creates a positive distraction and pushes any anxious feelings away.
My favorite personal development books:
Reducing Screen Time
Recently I have started to mother myself. No phones at the table, no screen time an hour before bed. It all sounds incredibly strict but it is helping improve my mental health so much.
There are plenty of apps you can download onto your phone or browser that set time restrictions on your screen time. These will help break down your screen time addiction.
If you have an Iphone or Ipad I recommend the app Freedom. The Freedom app allows you to block and scheduled your time on certain apps. If you’re like me and spend way too much time on social media then Freedom could help you set restrictions and limit your time on social media.
Letting Go Of Expectations
Our lives are full of expectations. Expectations you have of yourself, expectations your family have of you, your job, school, friends.
For me, I’m at a constant battle with what I expect from myself and how things actually are. My expectations of myself are to be productive and constantly pushing myself for more. Now I know that it is not healthy for me to live like that. So I am letting go of these expectations and the expectations others have for me.
How are you improving your mental health? Let us know in the comments below.