5 Tips For Mental Wellbeing

Saturday, 30 June 2018

I know how difficult it can be to settle those rather intrusive thoughts in your mind, especially when hope is a very distant feeling. I have struggled with my mental health for some years now, and I thought it would be a lovely idea to share some things that I do that helps keep me settled when I'm having an 'off' day. 

All of the thing lists are super simple and easy to do, and I have found that they really work for me, so I hope some of them will work for you too! If you want to watch the video of this, click here to watch it on my channel!

   Something simple, yet really effective. I love to have a good ole' stretch in the morning. Now, I'm definitely not a morning person, but by stretching, my body definitely feels a lot better and ready to go first thing. It's a chance to properly wake up and get your limbs active before you start your plans.

   Again, something very simple, but so so SO important! I didn't realise how little I was drinking, and how much that affected my mood. When I started to track it, I realised how little I really was drinking, and as soon as I started drinking more, I notice how my moods improved. I take a bottle of water with me everywhere - I always have a drink on my desk and with me at night time. I found that if I have a drink of water before bed, I feel less groggy in the morning - and for someone who doesn't like mornings that much, this makes it just that little bit more manageable!

   Another simple thing that has really helped me; meditation. I like to sit on my bedroom floor, cross-legged, and talk through the day with myself. I like to do this in both the morning and just before bed. I talk through what my plans are for the day and the next, what went well that day, what could have gone better, and what I could improve on for the next day. It's a simple way to reflect and mindfully talk through your day, noticing and acknowledging the good and the not so good. It helps keep me organised and also offers a wind-down for the end of the day - perfect for when you're about to go to bed!

   This is something I know I need to work on... Talking about how you're feeling when you're having a bad day is probably one of the best things you can do. Whether it's with a trusted family member or friend, or a councillor from a charity or organisation, talking is key. I know it can sometimes feel self-indulgent to talk about yourself and your problems, but the people that you talk to, if they really care, then they won't mind at all, and if they do mind, then maybe they aren't the best people to talk to about this- but there will always be someone ready to listen to how you're feeling. Always.

   I have found that lists help me keep track of things going on inside my head. I love a 'to-do-list', and find that writing them helps me clear my head and helps keep me organised. I also love the feeling of checking off tasks when I've completed them - it makes me feel good knowing that I've been productive that day, even when they're just simple tasks such as 'wash your face' or 'brush your teeth'.

   So there are just a few really simple things you can do to help when you're having an 'off' day, I hope you find them useful! If you are struggling with your mental health at all, in any way, here are some great links to charities and organisations that can help!

Love, K :)


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