4 EASY WAYS TO PRIORITISE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Ironically, we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how to keep our minds healthy.
We’re aware that we have to eat right and be active to keep our bodies fuelled, fit and well, yet our minds are an often an afterthought.
However, it’s never been more imperative that we find ways to proactively manage this new world that we’re living in and to make our mental health a priority.
October is mental health awareness month, and it’s a great opportunity to understand more about how you can support your mental wellbeing.
Here are fours ways to prioritise your mental health:
There are many things you can do for your mental health: meditation, mindfulness activities, gratitude practices, journaling, and getting out in nature without technology, just to name a few. We have a 5-minute gratitude meditation available to listen to here.
Find one that you think you could do on a regular basis and make it a part of each day.
Routine is one of the most significant factors in creating good mental health habits, and prioritising healthy activities as a part of your day is crucial.
The more consistent you are, the more you build up stability, so book time in for yourself, even putting it in your diary, just as you would a regular meeting.
We often put looking after our needs at the end of a long to do list, but remember the saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” When you make sure your own mental health is a priority, it ultimately benefits not only yourself, but those around you.
What you do first thing in the morning and the last thing at night is the most significant in impacting your outlook for the day ahead.
Do you start your day by rolling over and checking your phone? If you do you’re likely to be stressing yourself out before you even get out of bed, by checking your emails, reading the news, and scrolling social media, and your feet haven’t even hit the floor yet.
Getting up in the morning and taking some time to ground, incorporating a little bit of movement, or a meditation and breath practice, helps set you up to be balanced and centred for your day.
Then finish the day with calming activities off your screens, like an Epzen Magnesium Salts bath, reading a book, listening to a uplifting podcast, or a gratitude practice.
Hit the pause button and take short breaks throughout the day, even a minute of deep breathing can calm your nervous system.
When we’re busy and stressed, we often feel the need to push harder, however, you can lose focus, and the mind can become foggy from overwhelm. Taking a quick few minutes regularly to reset can bring back in clarity and help you to get back on track.
While life can be a bit of a rollercoaster, your mental health and wellbeing doesn’t have to be, integrate good practices and put your mental health at the top of your to do list, and see what an impact it can make to your overall outlook on life, as well as those around you.
Written by Sacha Stewart
Kinesiologist, Mind Body Medicine Practitioner + Meditation Teacher