I think it is safe to say that everyone’s mental health has been affected this past year, I feel like we have been focusing a lot more on taking care of ourselves & unfortunately it doesn’t look like we are any closer to the current situation ending so we are sharing easy ways to focus on your mental health in 2021.
Ask For Help
I know right now we can’t ask for much outside help but mentally & emotionally we could all do with a hand every once in a while. There is no shame in admitting you are struggling – whether you need someone to listen to you rant about your other half or just word vomit your feelings.
Show Some Love
Reach out to someone you love, respect or appreciate and let them know! Not only will it make you feel better but they’ll love it to. You don’t know how much someone needs to be reminded that they are loved. Communication is so important – whether it’s a message on social media, a quick text or a video call.
Take A Break
This is something i’ve definitely done more this past few months. A break from my phone, from the kids.. it is so needed & vital for your mental health. It can really help to clear your mind.
Let It All Out
Your feelings or something that’s been really bothering you. Let it all out on paper. It doesn’t have to make sense. Just throw the words down on paper. You’ll feel so much better.
Whether it’s going for a 20 minute walk or taking five minutes to sit in your outdoor space. It is proven that being with nature can increase energy levels & boost mental wellbeing.
Focus Your Mind
Whether it is starting a journal, blogging, colouring or reading; focus your mind & energy on something you love.
Treat yourself with kindness & respect. Shrug off the self doubt, list one thing you like about yourself every day. Whether it is a physical feature or a personality trait you have.
Set Realistic Goals
Write down professional or personal goals, aim high but also don’t over-schedule yourself. You’ll feel such a sense of achievement.
Break Out Your Routine
I think we can all agree that the past 12 months have been “same shit, different day”. As a parent I know how important routines can be but I also know how much my mental health benefits when we break up the monotony. Even if it’s just taking a walk somewhere different or trying something out of your comfort zone – a new meal to cook, a genre of tv show you don’t usually watch…
Look After Your Body
I’m not going to preach about drinking lots of water & eating a healthy diet – obviously that is great BUT what I mean is give your body what you love. Give your body what it wants. You want a Big Mac meal, go for it. You want to treat yourself to a FULL FAT can of Coke (my favourite), then do it! I think we’ve realised that life is too short & fleeting to deprive yourself and you body of the things it wants. Whether it is a veg packed stir fry or a 20 box of McChicken nuggets.
There you have it, 10 ways to focus on your mental health this year. How are you feeling? What will you implement into your daily schedule to look after your mind?