Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope you are having a great day. Mental health is something I try always to be open about because I know how hard it to feel alone or not know what to do. I definitely have days where I struggle more than others and I just feel like I’m going in a circle. My emotions are hard to manage sometimes and it makes life a little harder. So I wanted to talk about it today and share some of the things I do to make sure I am taking care of my mental health and doing the most for myself, especially in the moments I need it the most.
Talk it out.
I used to shy away from talking about my mental health and the things I am dealing with mentally with others. I didn’t want to come off in a negative way or feel like I was burdening anyone. But I learned over the years that keeping it inside is not helpful. It doesn’t make me feel better and it doesn’t make the issues go away. I really struggled with opening up and sharing what was on my mind and my heart. And once I started being more open and sharing with the people in my life how I was feeling and what I was going through it helped tremendously. I felt less alone and more supported. I started to be able to work through the issues more easily. It didn’t make everything completely better, but it helped a lot. So now I try to make sure I am open and talk it out with others.
Listen to my body.
The thing is, your body knows what it needs and it will tell you. There are nights I go to bed at 10:00 p.m. because my body is telling me it needs sleep. There are days when I drink more water than normal because my body is telling me it needs it. There are days when I do nothing at all because my body needs rest. Once I started listening to my body and paying attention to it’s emotional and physical needs I was able to better take care of myself. It’s a lot easier to prioritize my mental health when I’m listening to my body and letting it give me the signs that I need to focus on it. I try to make sure I’m paying attention to how I feel everyday and giving my mind and body what it needs as often as I can.
Keep stress at bay.
I am no stranger to stress. I have a lot on my plate at all times, so I get it. Stress can cause a lot of issues, especially when we don’t deal with it. And I know it’s hard because we already have so much going on and sometimes it feels like the stress just won’t go away. But I have learned so much about stress and what I need to do to keep it at a minimal level. Stress causes my anxiety to flare up and I stop doing the things I really need to do. It causes me to shut down and feel trapped. So I know I need to do what I can to keep stress at a low level and that means doing something about it. I make sure I am taking time for myself everyday, even on my busy days. Even just ten minutes is enough to get back on track and feel better.
Creativity is one of the most important things for me. I absolutely love anything that allows me to be creative and have some time for myself. I love making things, writing things, and just creating things in general. Not only is it a great way for me to express myself, but it’s also a great way for me to relieve some stress. It helps me leave my thoughts behind and enter into a space that’s just my own. It’s a time where I’m not worried about anything, I’m not working on anything, and I’m just there with myself. I have complete control and I am able to just be in the head space that I want to be in. It’s always been really helpful when I have a creative outlet.
This is something that has always helped me make sure my mental health is in check. When I was in school it would be walking around campus pretty much all the time. I was always outside when I could be and just walking around listening to music. I don’t really have a space to do that right now, so there are other ways I get some sort of physical activity in. Sometimes it’s doing a workout in my room, sometimes it is going for a walk, and sometimes it’s using the stairs outside my apartment and just going up and down as many times as I can. Whatever I’m feeling that day is usually what I do. It helps me clear my head and just release a lot of negative thoughts and tension.
And those are the ways that I prioritize my mental health! Those are the things I really try to make sure I am focusing on. It’s not always easy, but I know the alternative isn’t any better. Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. If you have your own suggestions or things that you do to prioritize your mental health, feel free to let us know in the comments. Mental health and taking care of it is so unique to everyone because we all have our own struggles, but sometimes it’s nice to know what others are doing just so we have some new ideas to try. Be sure to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!