Six realistic ways to look after your mental health.

GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK

RELAX GIRL. CHILL. Seriously, rest, recharge. It’s very easy to overlook making time for yourself with the hectic pace of life we all lead. But it’s essential for your mental health that you find ways to take time out and relax. Even if its just 30 minutes of your day to watch Netflix, or take a bath and put a face mask on. Little steps daily can go along way. Remember looking after your mind and body is KEY for a healthy mind.

BE MINDFUL AND MEDITATE

Mindfulness is about learning to focus your attention on the present moment. This is hard to achieve in our generation when we frequently have 7 tabs  open on our Macbooks and 4 apps open on our Iphones all whilst sipping a Starbucks and wondering why the hot guy on Tinder hasn’t asked you out yet. But not worrying about past or future problems can be hugely beneficial to our mental health. I have recently started a 10 minute daily meditation to be more present and in tune with myself and I HIGHLY recommend it.

INNER CRITIC… SHUT THE F*CK UP.

Be very, very aware of how you talk to yourself. “You look sh*t today. That guy is never going to ask you out. You’re not good at your job. You’re going to fail your degree. You’re too fat for that yoga class” Sound familiar? It’s important to learn not to talk to yourself in a negative or destructive way, such as thinking in black and white or constantly comparing yourself to others. Only say things to yourself you’d say to your best friend. What you tell yourself on a daily basis is more powerful than you know. Seemingly harmless jokes, over time, turn into seriously destructive beliefs.  Our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, and our habits become our realities.

TALK

I get it, it’s hard opening up about your mental health, but opening up to trusted friends and family can help you through and tough time can massively help you get some perspective. And please, please, please seek professional help if you need it. You don’t need to suffer alone. Not only that, but stay connected and social, anything from going for a coffee or dragging yourself to that Pilates class you’ve been saying your going to go to for months, goes a long way to looking after your mental health.

DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF

Lift your head up, be proud of yourself, take each day as it comes. Rest, recharge, take a moment to realise how far you’ve come. Be kinder to yourself — laugh at yourself more, criticize less and be quicker to forgive your failings. Like so many things in life… it’s a work in progress. Treat yourself like your own best friend, with kindness and respect. Avoid comparing yourself to others and spiraling into self-criticism – this will always make you feel worse. Start to believe in yourself, realise your mental health is important and put your well-being first. You are capable, and you can do it.

ACCEPT YOURSELF

Celebrate your strengths. Accept your failures. Own your mistakes. Don’t compare yourself to others. Stop hating your body. Focus on the positive aspects of yourself. You are worthy of the very best in life. Lovingly allow yourself to accept that you’re human and that you make mistakes. You can suffer from a failure or negative experience, or you can learn, move on and thrive.

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6 Comments

  1. May 12, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Love these tips. I’m a work in progress and actually just blogged about my personal experience needing to cut things out of my life to allow more me time. It’s very easy to burn yourself out. Great tips!

  2. May 13, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    I really needed to read this post right now! It’s so important to take care of not only our bodies (which is a huge trend right now), but our minds, too.

    xoxo
    Freya
    thatgirlyt.wordpress.com

  3. May 17, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    These are such great tips, and they’ve come at a time when I really need to look after my mental health – so thanks for sharing!

  4. Rosie Olivia
    May 23, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    There’s such a stigma about mental health because people can’t
    identify with it. It’s not tangible. You break a wrist and everyone rushes over
    to sign your cast but you suffer from something in the mind and people rush
    away from you. We accept emotions like grief because we can identify with them
    but those emotions that we cannot identify with we turn away from and scowl
    upon because of pure ignorance.

    This is why I have decided I want to write a book about my
    anxiety journey and the stigma of mental health in general. If anyone has any
    opinions or thoughts that they would like to share with me or ideas of things
    they think need to be included in the book please do not hesitate to email me
    at rosie.olivia28@gmail.com 🙂 x

    • Year of You
      May 24, 2017 / 8:41 am

      Wow i absolutely loved this comment. So much truth! What are your social media accounts? Would love to follow!
      And good luck with your book, i’d love to read it!

  5. May 25, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    I do consider all the ideas you have presented to your post. They’re very convincing and will certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for novices. May you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thank you for the post.

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