It is important to take care of your own well being. Take some time for yourself, whether this be having a bubble bath in the evening, reading a book or painting your nails. Meditation is a useful way to improve self care, as it will allow for relaxation, reflection and self awareness. It has been suggested that self awareness is essential in the healing process, as it can lead to a deeper understanding and provide clarity on your own feelings. In addition to this, meditation can improve sleep, creativity and productivity.
What you put into your body has a significant impact on your mental health. Although foods high in sugar provide a transient burst of energy, this will wear off, resulting in fatigue and a low mood. Choosing fresh, healthy food over processed, sugary food reduces inflammation, and improves the immune system, in addition to improving your overall mental health.
Research has found that exercise can reduce stress and have a beneficial impact on mental health. So, good news if you love to exercise! Allow yourself some time to go to the gym or go for a run, and you may find that this simple activity improves your mood. If exercise hasn’t been your thing in the past, it may seem like a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be a chore! Why not learn some easy stretches, go for a twenty-minute stroll every evening, or join a yoga class with a friend?
Maintaining a positive attitude
Disputing negative beliefs is important and can take practice. Learning to counter this negativity and replace these thoughts with positive ones is an essential step towards becoming resilient. Remember that you don’t have to be perfect at everything.
Make sure to keep your social support network around you. Discussing your feelings with family or friends can help to alleviate worries, as voicing your feelings can help to put them in perspective. This will also ensure that you feel connected to those around you and avoid a sense of isolation. If you don’t have a close support network, why not join a social club, or start volunteering for a local charity?
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