I am always looking for ways to improve my mental health. There’s no fast cure —it’s more like one day at a time. I was in a very dark place in 2017/18 and didn’t know I could ever get out of it. The point being no matter how you feel —there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. I know it sounds cliche but everything has its own sell-by date. This phase of darkness you may be feeling will not last forever because nothing ever does. Something will change. There will be a shift. You will get through it. Before I get into it —I loved reading Joana’s heartfelt story about her own struggles with mental health (you are not alone)..This post is dedicated to all the simple ways we could feel brighter, better and if you are interested —keep on reading!
The most important. Listen to your mind. Hear what your body is telling you. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Make your body, your mind the priority.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to say NO. Embrace the power of NO. If certain things is making you unhappy —don’t carry on associating yourself with it. I know it is difficult but it is doable. I still struggle to say no to people in fear of letting them down. All the while forgetting my own state of mind. It took me a long time to put myself first, become selfish and do all the things that makes me happy.
Ask for help
There’s no shame in saying I am struggling. Surrender to your needs. Accept that life is unpredictable. I made a lot of mistakes in my life but one thing that has been a constant is asking for help. Talking about how I feel. I wish more people would talk about therapy —it transform the way we see our life experiences. Just talking to someone or someone listening to what you have to say, the simple things. Because of my anxiety I feel like I am forever a pessimistic. I can’t let go of “what if’s” but through therapy I feel like I have come a long way. Please reach out. There’s no shame in saying I am not okay.
Look after your body
Change a habit. Go for walks. Eat fruits. Drink water. Stay blessed. Stretch. Laugh. Evening baths. Watch a movie.
Take a moment. Create art. Learn something. Sleep. Dream. Plan. Read. All the while —breathe.
Spend time in nature
I seem to talk about nature all the time. But it really does the trick. This morning I went for a walk– no phone, no music, no podcasts. Just me outside in nature. And it was total bliss. These walks are really important for me as it helps me focus. Listen to the birds chirping, the wind rustling the leaves in the trees and watch playful puppies leaping around.
Appreciate what you have
Gratitude. Gratitude. Gratitude. If we don’t appreciate what we have, always craving for more, we will never have enough. Mine is: waking up in the morning with the morning light reflecting through the slight open curtains. The warmth of freshly brewed coffee or the feeling of dark cherry lipstick on my lips. The little things that makes life worth living.
What are your little moments? What you do to improve your mental health?
Thanks, so much for reading xoxo