Ten Self-Care Tips for Managing Your Mental Health
There are myriad ways to managing your mental health, and it may take some trial and error before you find the ways that work best for you. It’s also key to understand that it’s okay to ask for emotional and physical support as you’re figuring out what works best for you. Here, ten self-care tips that will get you on the road to managing your mental health.
Keep a gratitude journal.
This is one of the easiest ways to get your mental health back on track. If you don’t want to keep a physical journal, there are quite a few free and low cost apps available for your phone or tablet so you can journal more easily.
Create a list of your strengths.
Sometimes all it takes is a little reflection on what you’re good at to start to feel better. Not only can it be a great confidence booster, but it can help you hone it on what makes you happy.
Get a good night’s sleep.
Make the bedroom completely dark (a sleep mask can help with this), make sure you’ve set the thermostat at an optimal temperature, put on a white noise app (if you need the background music), and let yourself drift off to sleep naturally. Turning off electronics and reading a book before falling asleep can also help contribute a good night’s sleep.
Do something you’ve never done before.
Sometimes getting outside your comfort zone can help you feel better. For example, if you’ve always wanted to try painting, head to the craft store and grab some supplies. Don’t worry about the end product, just let yourself enjoy the process.
Dark chocolate specifically can help boost your mood and brainpower. The combination of the chemicals in dark chocolate can help boost your mental sharpness. Just don’t overdo it.
Throw it back to childhood and grab a coloring book.
Add a new pack of crayons or colored pencils and you’ve got yourself a relaxing activity that you can do when you have a few minutes of downtime.
Put down the phone.
Even if you aren’t able to shut your phone off completely, carve out some time each day to leave your phone in another room and do something else — read a book or magazine, go for a walk, work on a puzzle (jigsaw or crossword) or something else that lets you go analog for a while.
Find a mantra.
Pick out a quote that inspires you and write it on a sticky note where you can see it everyday. Repeat it to yourself throughout the day and be inspired by how it makes you feel.
Have a dance party.
Put on your favorite music and dance around your living room. The music will cheer you up and you’ll feel better after getting some movement in your day.
Find a pet.
If you don’t have a dog or cat of your own, see if a friend will let you walk their dog sometimes. Having a furry pal can lift your mood and give you a reason to get outside.
When dealing with mental health, it’s important to be patient with yourself. It will take some trial and error to find practices that work for you.