Leading a hectic, busy lifestyle whether that’s at work, at home with your children or even both can take its toll on you physically and mentally. That’s why so many of us starting to put our mental health first and are taking steps to ensure that we’re happy and content not just on the outside but on the inside too.
Sure, an all-expenses-paid trip to Europe complete with concerts in Rome and stunning hotel suites will certainly make you feel better. But there are other things you can do to help give your mental health a boost (without breaking the bank) unsure of where to begin? Don’t worry. Here you’ll find 5 self-help tips that will hopefully make you feel more relaxed and more connected to your mental health state.
Get some green space
We’re a generation that spends most of its time indoors. Whether that’s working long hours or opting to spend our free time binge watching our favourite TV shows. However studies have shown that getting out and about in nature for as little as 20 minutes a day can really give your body and mind and boost. Try a walk out in a green open space, like a park during your lunch break. This weekend head to a place of natural beauty. Spending time surrounded by nature and greenery is proven to lower your blood pressure and your anxiety levels.
Aside from the obvious health benefits, getting up and moving your body is also good for your mind too. It’s a great stress reliever, it gives you a sense of satisfaction and achievement and I’ll also help you reset your mind so you’re ready to take on your next challenge of the day. You don’t need an expensive gym membership either; get yourself a yoga mat and stretch out some stress at home or go for a light jog or speed walk around your neighbourhood. Get that heart pumping!
Learn to relax
I know. Hardly easy when you have mounting deadlines and your little ones are demanding your attention. But learning how to relax is key to self-care and maintain good mental health. There are lots of ways you can do this. You can try meditating each day, focusing on your breathing or something like tai-chi or even a massage from a professional masseuse!
Find time for yourself
It might seem impossible – but it’s more attainable than you might think. Wait until the kids have gone to bed or the baby is sleeping, or as soon as you get out of work. Run yourself a long hot bath and treat yourself to something cold and fizzy. Take a book, podcast or a feel good playlist into the bathroom with you and enjoy some “you” time.
Get more sleep
Not easy when you’re up with the baby or worrying about work. So, try to improve your quality of sleep. Avoid screens for around an hour before you go to bed. Switch your bedding for something fresh. Lower the lighting and try a lavender essential oil in the bedroom.