Hey guys! Welcome back. Yesterday I posted my tips for better self care and I got a couple of questions about self care and mental health. When it comes to my mental health I know that self care is really important and it’s something I take very seriously. From therapy to setting boundaries to doing things that make me happy, self care for mental health is something I pay special attention to. And I know that not everyone can afford therapy and not everyone has access to resources and people that can help. So today I thought I would share five self care ideas for mental health that help me and that are also completely free. I hope this helps!
1. Create a safe space.
Whether it’s in your bedroom at home, a separate room, somewhere outside, or somewhere else completely, having a safe space really helps. It gives you a kind of peace and it’s a place that you can go and be completely alone. It’s a place where you are safe to feel what you need to feel, express yourself, and work through whatever is going on. Create a safe space that you can turn to when you are feeling badly or need to escape. A place where you won’t be bothered or afraid of anything. Find a space that is just yours and that helps you feel good.
2. Nurture good sleep habits.
Sleep is really important for your overall health, including your mental health and it’s one of the easiest things to do. But for some reason it’s the thing we sacrifice the most when we are stressed, worried, or super busy. We sleep less when we really need to be getting more sleep for our bodies and minds to recover. I learned a long time ago that not sleeping doesn’t help me in any way and that one of the best things I can do for myself is get enough sleep. Everyone’s definition of “enough sleep” is different because all of our bodies are different. But it’s important to be honest with yourself when you evaluate how much sleep you really need and start building those habits.
3. Allow yourself to cry.
Bottling in your feelings isn’t going to help. Not allowing yourself to express your emotions, especially the bad ones, isn’t going to help. It’s going to fester inside you and you will feel worse as time goes on. Allow yourself to feel the things you are feeling. Allow yourself to let those feelings out in whatever way you feel is best. If you need to cry, cry. If you need to talk about it, talk about it. If you need to scream, scream. Let out the emotions in whatever way you need to and trust that it’s okay express your feelings and let out your emotions. We all have them for a reason.
4. Have some fun.
Not all fun is free, but a lot of it is. Maybe you stay home and have a movie night. Maybe you play board games. Maybe you go play a game at the part. Maybe you go play with the dogs and cats at the animal shelter. So something that you find fun that’s not going to cost you anything. There are so many ideas out there and so many ways that you can have fun and let loose without having to spend a lot of money. Even if you only have a couple of hours, there are so many different things you can do and I promise you will start to feel better.
5. Surround yourself with positivity.
When it comes to your mental health, pay close attention to the people you are spending time with the most. Make sure that they are building you up instead of tearing you down. Make sure they are bringing positivity into your life and not negativity. It’s important to have people in your life that help you instead of hurt you because that’s going to help your mental health a lot. If you are always around people who make you feel badly about yourself than your mental health isn’t going to be as strong as it is when you surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself.
And that’s it! Those are my ideas for self care that help with mental health. One of the best things about them is that they are all completely free and won’t cost you more than your time. Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite self care ideas are that are free. We could all use some new ideas and it’s fun to try new things. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!