I’ve always shied away from saying that I’m ‘stressed’, ‘anxious’ and more because I’ve always known that other people have it worse than me, so what right do I have to complain? But in reality, everyone has the right to voice how they’re feeling and to take the time to work on themselves.
Everyone’s mental health affects them in their own individual way; from anxiety to anger, from stress to self-esteem, every person has there own personal battles. You personally may already be having professional help in your journey to working on your mental health, or you might be someone like me who is working on baby steps in their everyday routine to keep stability.
Below are 3 small qualities that I have added into my day-to-day life that make me happy:
Spending Time with Family / Friends
Nothing beats a good catch up with the ones that are closest to you. These are also the people who you’re most likely to talk about your feelings to, so utilise them to give you advice / guidance. I love catching up over a coffee or going shopping (I’m a sucker for retail therapy). I’m not the biggest social butterfly but I understand how important it is to keep those ‘good’ friends close. I may not see them all the time but I know that they are there and they know that I am here; and then when we catch up it feels like yesterday.
Having Some ‘Me’ Time / Take a Break
Personally I love to paint, read a book, have a bubble bath or even dance around the house with my headphones on singing along to Glee. Anything that makes my mind relax or focus on a different situation.
At work, I have begun to try and leave my desk every lunch time for a walk around the lake opposite the office. It doesn’t take long but it means that I get up and get some fresh air – away from my desk where I’ll be sitting for the other 7 hours of my working day.
It’s amazing how much of an impact simply ‘switching off’ can make.
Similar to the above, I’ve recently really started to enjoy going to the gym – it’s the keeping active that helps me with stress and also helps me sleep. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that going to a gym won’t be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, therefore how about going for a walk / trying out a dance class / going on a bike ride? Anything to get you moving and into a different environment.
I decided to only talk on three points because I don’t want to write you a book. Please leave any comments below on your thoughts / actions that you take.
Remember, it is ok to not be ok. There is always someone available to talk to you: