Taking care of our mental health should be as much of a practice as it is for you to brush your teeth in the morning.
However, many of us still cannot justify the time to stop and create practices to check in with ourselves and improve our mental wellbeing. Now more than ever, as the world is opening up again. We need to find ways for ourselves, to come back to check in on how we're feeling emotionally, physically, and mentally.
You are creating small habits that you can carry on throughout and reassess your mental health thoroughly. So, how are you? We will explore five simple ways to bring more peace and relaxation into your day.
Make sure you take a break.
Create conscious time for breaks and ways to bring things back to check in with yourself. Take five breaths and observe what comes up.
Whether you do this while you're boiling the kettle or during a short meditation session, make sure that that break is something that you can fit within your day, at least two to three times a day.
Catch some sleep.
Taking the time to wind down is very important. Also, giving sleep the love it deserves will benefit you in the long run.
I believe it's essential to create more space around our bedtime routine to make sure that we can hit the pillow, feeling relaxed and ready to unwind. It is a time for you to recharge and prepare for the following day.
Take time to think about what great things have happened throughout the day and what lessons you have learned. End your day like you want to start the next one: with a positive mindset.
Spend time outside.
It doesn't matter whether you're running, walking, or exploring with your family. Making time to go outside and soak in Vitamin D is more important than ever. Connecting with nature also allows you to create that time for yourselves, not to be distracted by notifications, social media feeds, and email inboxes.
Whether it is a park or your garden, spend some time outside and enjoying being can be an excellent gift for your mind. Take your shoes off and ground in the grass if you can.
Create movement snacks.
Instead of facing the daunting task of having to go through a 45-minute workout alongside other commitments, break down your movement schedule into small chunks.
Create a simple practice you can carry out throughout the week, whether you want to have a few movements snacks in the morning or spread them across today. You need to find that time to move, get your endorphins up, and shake it off.
Journal it out.
Last but not least, take time to voice how you're feeling, whether you write it down in a journal, you talk to a friend, connect with fellow members of our community, or speak to yourself by recording how you feel. Being able to voice what is coming up inside you is very important because it allows for better reflection.
Ask yourself the question: how am I doing, really?
Overall, creating small practices throughout the day can turn into powerful rituals to change how you go about your day and an excellent way to improve your mental wellbeing.