Strategies for good mental health: for your day, week, month & beyond

Strategies for good mental health: for your day, week, month & beyond
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Having a healthy mind and healthy thoughts is not always priority one when it comes to taking care of our health and wellbeing. Thankfully, the importance of taking care of our mental health is gaining more attention and focus in the media.

There are evidence-based strategies that can help you keep a healthy mind. Keep reading for tips on how to take care of your mental health today, this week, this month and for the year ahead.

Strategies for good mental health: for your day, week, month & beyond

Mental Health is described by the World Health Organisation as:

“a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” (World Health Organisation)

For the day ahead

Give meditation a try

I’m a big fan of basic, no-frills meditation. It can certainly bring a sense of calm to your day. I suggest trying a meditation app and giving a short meditation after you wake up, before you go to sleep, or both! Check out my meditation app reviews here.

Read more about breath and meditation:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/relaxation-techniques-breath-control-helps-quell-errant-stress-response

www.headspace.com 

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/breathing-to-reduce-stress

Eat Well

What we eat can impact on how we feel, mentally and emotionally. Check out this article on eating to manage depression and anxiety. Here’s a few strategies for healthy food shopping if you need some ideas.

If you’re feeling like you’re in a bit of a slump, here are some simple tips to help get into some good health practices.

Take a brisk walk for 20 minutes

Did you know that taking a brisk 20 minute walk each day could make a great difference to your health and fitness? Check out this article from Harvard University about walking your way to health.

The link between mental health and physical health is clear. Read more from the Canadian Mental Health Association:

Connection Between Mental and Physical Health

For the week ahead

Take some time out to do nothing

Block out a couple of hours in the week for just you to do whatever you like. Nothing to achieve and nothing in particular to do; choose something you enjoy and find refreshing.

Need ideas? How about a warm bath, or lying on your bed reading a book, a walk by the beach, or binge-watching that TV series you never got around to?

Gauge your social needs

Depending on your social levels and whether you gain energy from being around people or having time out on your own (introvert / extrovert), gauge your social energy levels once a week to see how your feeling. Do you feel you could use some more social activities to boost your energy levels for the week ahead, or do you feel you could do with setting aside some plans to get some me-time at home?

Have a good chat with a loved one

A friend, a family member… Make that time and give your energy to connecting and spending time with those closest to you. Who are you closest with? Do you feel you can share the good and the bad with them? Sow your time into your relationship with that person, and keep in touch with them regularly.

Re-set your focus toward others

Leading on from the previous strategy, taking the focus off yourself and showing a healthy level of care for others and their needs will help you feel good and nurture your relationship with them. Taking care of yourself is important, but it’s also helpful to have a healthy level of care towards the people around you.

For the month ahead

Learn or do something new

It’s great for your brain to learn something new. Learning a new language is a recommended activity for boosting brain power, should you be ready for the challenge! For more ideas, read this article from the New York Post on tricks to boost your brain power.

For the year ahead

Plan a relaxing getaway

It doesn’t have to be fancy or for too long, but it’s important to have some time out at least once a year, if not more.

What about treating yourself to a hot springs session or massage, to give your body and mind a refresh and get your muscles feeling limber again?

Life can get busy, but as a once a year treat, some time and finance can hopefully be set aside to ensure that you get to enjoy something special and restorative.

Are you a camper, or more of a sit by the pool type? Fishing, or going out? Plan something that you can look forward to, as well as get the rest and refreshment of a break. (Check out this post for tips to have a healthy holiday).

Want to read more? Here’s a post I wrote on maintaining a healthy mindset:

A healthy mind: Four habits to support mental wellbeing

For more ideas & information on mental health, check out:

Mind Health Connect: https://www.mindhealthconnect.org.au/

Black Dog Institute: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

Headspace: https://headspace.org.au/

Mind Australia: https://www.mindaustralia.org.au/

Kate x

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