We all go the extra mile to take care of our bodies. We might opt for healthy products as part of a richer diet or sweat it out a tad bit more in the gym. However, we often miss caring the same way for our mental health-and more so during a difficult period such as the lockdown or in its aftermath.
This affects how we feel, cope with stress, or make choices that impact our mental health. It is important to understand that strong mental health is not just defined by the absence of mental illness but also the presence of positive characteristics.
Thankfully, you can follow these simple mantras to help yourself beat the lockdown blues and boost your mental health:
1. Surround yourself with positive people
People around us carry energy which affects us directly and indirectly and impacts how we feel. I have recently joined a bloggers club, where they have a common goal to make each other feel positive about themselves.
We celebrate our achievements, irrespective of how big or small they are, which automatically brings in a positive feeling to each one of us. It is important to be around positive and like-minded people this enhances self-worth as well.
2. Practice mindfulness
To practice mindfulness, you have to be aware of the present rather than pondering over what could have been or what could be in past or future moments.
For example, you can pause for a moment to notice two objects which you can see, three things which you can touch. and one sound which you can hear in your present. No one really knows what the future holds for us, so living in the present moment reduces stress and anxiety greatly.
3. Take a break from the digital world and gadgets
Try to take a mini ‘digital detox’ every week for half a day or at least a few hours. This is imperative because smartphones, tablets, and laptops can hinder our ability to remember.
Such a lack of creative stimulus has also proven to have an adverse effect on your attention span. Moreover, levels of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and impulsivity are observed to be higher in those who rely on their electronic devices in excess.
4. Learn to say ‘no’
These two tiny letters include a gentle reminder that it is a complete sentence in itself. We all experience burnout from time to time at the office or at home but it is important for us to make sure we spend some time alone and prioritize ourselves.
If you don’t want to go to a party, say no. If you are unable to handle your workload at the office or at home, then speak about it. Taking care of yourself is not selfish. It is just the fear within us that stops us from it and once you learn to use this two-letter magic word, you will surely see a change for better.
5. Focus on helping others
Choose any activity or organization which matches your passion and take up volunteering there. If this is difficult, then you may even start by helping someone at your office or when you are out grocery shopping. The immense satisfaction which you will derive from these actions is immeasurable and will pave the foundation for a happier mind.
Always remember that good mental health does not necessarily mean you will never go through challenging times or emotional problems. However, just as physically healthy people are better equipped to cope with their illnesses, people with strong mental health can cope better from adversity, trauma, and stress.
There is no time like the present to boost your mental health, so follow these good mental health tips now and recharge yourself!