Last week was Mental Health Awareness week, but taking care of our Mental Healthiness is like physical healthiness, it takes a little time each day.
The theme for this year was nature.
Getting out in the fresh air and enjoying nature has so many health benefits, it boosts our mood, helps us to manage stress and anxiety and it helps us to feel happier and more energised.
Here are my top tips for health and well-being:
• Decide on three small goals to help you feel fit and well between now and the end of the year – one for your mental health, physical movement and then good food, sleep, digital boundaries, something fun, meditation, clearing clutter or whatever will help you to feel better.
• Start small, make it possible and commit to it. Set a weekly habit, two to three times a week and committing to making it happen for six weeks will help to create a new habit. From here you can keep it going, or make it more challenging.
• Get support around you. It may be from a charity (I wrote some tips with Encephalitis Society), friends, family, online communities. Just sharing your goals with two to three people can make a big difference.
• Keep a journal (or use an app, but writing it down too really helps) of what you are doing, how you feel and any niggles or tiredness. This will help you celebrate the progress and also keep an eye out for when you need to stretch a bit more, have a rest day or drink some more water perhaps.
• Ask for professional help if you are unsure, have medical conditions or would just like accountability, advice and support.
• Make time for good sleep, things that make you laugh and feel good, tasty variety of good foods, digital boundaries and just getting outside in daylight to boost your mood.
• Don’t worry if you can’t do a couple of days you had planned. Try to be kind to yourself and just commit to the next one you can, whilst looking after yourself.
• Try things which you want to, from cycling to dance (which is so good for the brain as well as body), to weights, running, walking and any other ideas.
• Get outside and enjoy nature! From walking, hiking, hill climbing and sightseeing, the benefits of getting outside and enjoying nature are endless.
Here are 5 ways to help grow your self worth which I wrote for Bare Biology:
- Notice your internal language: Notice your thoughts and the stories you tell yourself. Become aware how often they are useful and helpful, and how often your internal thoughts are self-sabotaging or unkind.
- Stand tall and make eye contact: Self-love and confidence is often reflected in the way we stand, breathe and make eye contact. Today, become aware of your posture, notice if your shoulders are tight or rounded and really focus on standing tall, lengthening your spine and relaxing your shoulders.
- Who do you want to be? Write down what you would gain from starting to love the person you are (or like, if love is too much!). And what you would lose from stopping self-sabotage. These two questions can really help you to understand yourself and start to be a little kinder and more compassionate towards yourself.
- Take a compliment: if someone gives you a compliment or says ‘well done’, say ‘thank you’. Just ‘thank you’ and smile. Not ‘thank you’, with a ‘but’ or justification, just an acceptance of the compliment.
- Make time: Write down all the things, places, music and people who make you feel happy and grow your own self-love. Let your ideas flow, there are no limits and it’s a great exercise to do with your family too. Once you have finished, circle three on your list and make a plan to commit to making them happen.
For more help with unlocking your potential listen to my podcast with Coach, Hypnotherapist and best selling author Camilla Sacre-Dallerup here.
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