Focusing on your fitness is a great way to take better care of your health. If you want to take better care of your emotions, however, you need to lend some of that focus to self-care as well. In fact, self-care practices can be extremely beneficial for managing your mental health, and here are some habits that can help the most.
Clean Stress Out of Your Home
Stress is everywhere in our lives, but the one place it shouldn’t be is inside our homes. Many people are shocked to learn that clutter can be more than a distraction, it can actually lead to more stress in your home and your life. So, keep clutter out, and find other ways to create a haven for relaxation inside your home. In addition to leaving a pleasant scent throughout your home, adding an oil diffuser can help tame tension and provide other health benefits as well.
Find Some Healthy Hobbies
A lot of people think of hobbies as a way to kill extra time. However, the truth is that healthy hobbies can be an important tool for managing your mental health. Certain hobbies, such as exercise and painting, have been shown to reduce levels of stress and anxiety in your brain.
So, giving yourself a break to create some crafts or work on your fitness could be the perfect solution to lessening stress and increasing happiness in your life.
Learn How to Really Unwind
Pay attention to how you feel right now. Chances are your jaws may be clinched and your muscles tense, even if you are relaxing at home. In our busy, stressful world, knowing how to relax can take some practice. However, you need that downtime in order to recharge your mind. Give some truly relaxing habits a try. Think about doing some gentle yoga to help you unwind or spend a few minutes on a meditation to bring a sense of calm to your routine.
Boost Your Bedtime Habits
Too many people are walking around sleep-deprived and suffering some pretty serious health consequences in the process. Chronic sleep issues can rob you of your ability to focus and make it more difficult for your brain to process emotions. Stop feeling so tired during the day by taking steps to improve your sleep habits at night.
Go to bed at the same time every night, and avoid social media and television before bed so you will feel better in the mornings.
Say “No” Without Feeling Guilty
Another commonly overlooked self-care practice is learning the art of saying “no” to family, friends, and even coworkers.
People tend to take up a lot of your time, without even realizing they are taking away from your ability to take care of your mental health. This is why it is up to you to find ways to refuse without feeling bad about doing so.
Practice saying “no” more often, and be firm about protecting your personal time and your overall wellness.
Optimize Your Morning Routines
Getting better sleep can definitely improve your morning mood, but sometimes it also helps to set a positive tone for the rest of your day. Just like going to bed, aim to wake up at the same time each day, and leave room in your routine for some serious self-care to get yourself off to the right start. Do a five-minute morning meditation and then get in a quick morning workout. Exercise improves your mood any time of day, but some early activity can provide more energy.
Spend More Time Doing Nothing
If you want to improve your mental health, you definitely need to take time for healthy habits like exercise and keeping your home tidy. Sometimes what you really need is to sit down and do absolutely nothing. Take a nap in a hammock, or take a breather in nature. Just spend a few minutes each day doing nothing so your body can unwind and your mind can relax.
We all do our best to be a little healthier, but we can all do better when it comes to practicing self-care. After all, self-care is the simplest means to improve mental health, so make sure you commit to a few healthy habits of your own.
Brad Krause graduated from college in 2010 and went straight into the corporate world at the headquarters of a popular retail company. But what started as a dream job soured quickly. After four years of working 15-hour days and neglecting his health, he decided enough was enough. Through aiding a friend during a tough time, Brad discovered his real calling-helping people implement self-care practices that improve their overall well being. He created SelfCaring.info to share his own knowledge and the many great resources he finds on his self-care journey.