We’re back with more practical ways to improve your mental health. The holidays can bring additional stress on top of what has already been a pretty taxing year. Read below for some techniques to help you counterbalance and stay centered.
Keep in Touch
There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face to face, but that’s not always possible. You can also give them a call, drop them a note or chat with them online instead. Keep the lines of communication open: it’s good for you!
Take a Break
A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some ‘me time’.
Ask For Help
None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear.
Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.
Accept Who You Are
We’re all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.
Check out Part 1 of this series for more approaches to looking after your mental health.