Daily Practices to Improve Mental Health

The goal? To stay grounded, boost happiness and overall well-being. We all want to thrive and there is a whole host of advice on how we can do this but one super important factor to truly thriving is taking care of our mental health. If nothing, these last two years have proven to everyone, just how crazy life can get, we have all had to pull on our mental and emotional reserves to make it to this point. That is why it is pivotal we engage in intentional self-care which encompasses paying special attention to our mental health.

Here are some daily practices that can help support this.

  • Note and improve the way you talk to yourself. Intrusive thoughts are extremely damaging and many times we are not even aware of how much we can beat ourselves up. Be gentle with yourself the same way you would treat a loved one, be encouraging, up-building and positive.

  • Engage in self-care, take care of you! We always preach this but it is the cornerstone of what we believe in. These acts of love for yourself do not have to be expensive or time consuming. You spend countless hours in support of other's well-being (your boss, family, friends), it is crucial you take time out to support your own well-being. This looks different for everyone; a foot soak, face mask, up-building book, a cup of tea on your patio.....The point, a lot time to fill your own cup.

  • Gratitude journaling is a favorite because it is very grounding. We always have wants, goals and dreams and sometimes we lose sight of what is infront of us while striving for what we do not have. Take a five minutes to write about what you are grateful for in the now. This will always leave you feeling more happy.

  • Get good sleep. Do what you need to in order to get a good night's sleep. This directly impacts your nervous system. Sleep is regenerative and not having enough or a good quality can adversely affect your mental health. There are many things that can be done to create a night time routine that works for you. For example, aromatherapy, cutting out screen time an hour before bed and more.

  • Boundaries. As mentioned before, we spend a large portion of our day in service of the well-being of others. Sometimes unknowingly people will try to pile more on our plates than is fair. We have to know, create and enforce boundaries for our well-being.

There are many more steps and systems we can put in place but these are just a few. Improving and tending to our mental health is a continual journey, however as we become more self-aware it will get easier. The journey is more than worth it.

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