Mental Health Awareness Month
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month here is my post on looking out for your mental health. Like I always say, wellness is more than just working out and eating ‘healthy food’, it is about your mental health as well. I wrote a previous post about mental health, and some of the things I like to do to help keep me sane. So I will hyperlink that here for you all to check out again. But I will also list some things you can do for yourself and for those you care about as well below.
So here we go:
Exercise! One article (summary hyperlink here) from the Journal of Sports Medicine talks about the effects exercise can have on mood and self-esteem. Studies have shown that there is a boost to both mood and self-esteem in an acute dosage after exercise. There needs to be more research on the effects of exercise, but you can’t go wrong by getting a good workout in. It is beneficial to physical and mental health.
Get outside. Taking sometime during the day to step away from work or school or whatever it is stressing you out to just be by yourself and be outside in nature can help give you a chance to hit that reset button and unwind. It is also a perfect chance to mix in some exercise! Maybe a take a walk and just take some time to be with your thoughts. Leave your phone behind and really take the time to disconnect from everything going on around you to check-in with yourself.
I have found journaling helps me. Sometimes you don’t want to talk to people about stuff stressing you out or things (good or bad) happening in your life, so the journal can be your friend that doesn’t have an opinion. The best listener in the game, never offers advice or passes judgement. Just takes everything in with an open mind!
But there are things you need to talk to people about, so talk to a friend or family or someone. Sometimes you need someone to give advice and voice an opinion, so don’t just journal away your issues and think they are resolved.
Check on your friends! Don’t be the person that is always sharing your issues and concerns and stories, and never offering to listen yourself. You aren’t the only one with stuff to say. Some people don’t like to come out and say they are struggling or have something going on in their life that is bothering them, so you need to truly check-in with the people you care about.
Personally I feel coffee and chocolate are the answer to all my problems so you can never go wrong with indulging in those two things if you ask me. (this is low-key a joke, but also kinda serious, but maybe don’t take this advice as seriously as the other 5)
Remember life is hard sometimes, but if you have good people to help you take on life and a good sense of when you need to hit that reset button everything will be okay. Happy Wednesday my peeps!