Most of us are well aware that life isn’t always as straightforward as not worrying and simply being happy. Caring for your mind is incredibly important for overall wellbeing; so try incorporating these steps into your weekly routine for a healthier, happier state of mind.
Be kind to yourself
We’re often our worst critics. Treat yourself how you want others to treat you and stop being so hard on yourself. Skipped the gym? Don’t dwell on it, go tomorrow. Indulged in something unhealthy? One bad meal here and there doesn’t hurt; start your healthy eating routine right now. Flunked a test or a job interview? Don’t beat yourself up; focus on how you’ll improve next time around.
Set realistic goals
Whether it’s career goals or exercising goals, goal setting is a great way to get ahead in life. That being said, setting unrealistic goals can quickly result in disappointment and self-criticism. Instead of setting yourself big goals, try breaking your goals down into smaller steps that you can work to gradually achieve.
Treat your body like a temple
Never underestimate the mind-body connection. If you find yourself lacking in energy and down in the dumps, it might be a good idea to rethink your diet. Cutting out alcohol, eating whole foods, and exercising regularly are all essential for a healthy mind. Read more about how food can impact on your mood here.
Schedule in regular “Me” time
Finding a moment of time to yourself can be hard when you’re juggling a job, a family and a social life. But squeeze in a moment to be mindful and present in the moment and your mind will thank you for it. It doesn’t have to be a huge chunk of time for you to reap the benefits either: unplug from social media, switch off your phone and reach for a book, a yoga mat or indulge in an at-home spa treatment. Find out how to turn your beauty routine into a pampering ritual here or find out how colouring-in could be good for your mental wellbeing here.
Ask for help when you need it
Feeling a little bit blue every now and then is pretty normal. But if you find yourself feeling upset or anxious more frequently, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s opening up to a close friend or family member or seeking medical advice, asking for help is never a sign of weakness. Need help right now? Call Lifeline in New Zealand on 0800 543 354 or in Australia on 13 11 14.