As you ensure that your physical health is in good condition, do not neglect your mental health. A sound mind is needed for a good life, so it is vital to declutter your mind and let go of negativity as it could poorly impact your life.
Here are ten mental health tips that may come in handy on your journey to improving your mental health.
1. You are allowed to cut toxic people off.
It does not matter how long you have known them. If anyone you know is contaminating your space with bad vibes, it is time to let them go. Don’t even worry about feeling lonely after you take them out of your life because now you have space to let in supportive and amazing people.
2. Little progress is still progress.
As you strive to achieve your goals, you may feel like a failure because you are not at the point you hoped you would be, or you could feel worthless because you are failing at a new role you started. Remember that it is okay to be a beginner at things and not be too hard on yourself. Be grateful for your little successes instead of feeling sad that you are not where you want to be. You will get there, keep pushing and count your blessings.
3. Be mindful of your viewing habits.
The internet is full of all types of content, some of which could be really damaging to your mental health. Stop looking at feeds that leave you feeling insecure because you don’t have perfect skin and perfect life, no one posts about their bad days, and we all have them. People on the internet would like you to believe that they are living their best lives every day, but you have no idea what goes on in their lives when the camera is not on them. So try not to take social media too seriously, be in the moment offline and live life.
4. You are not responsible for other people’s happiness.
It is essential to be kind and treat everyone with respect but do not go out of your way to do things that drain you to make another person happy. Don’t put your dreams and aspirations aside to please anyone because you will only resent yourself in the end. Not everyone will be happy with your decisions, and that is okay. As long as you are doing the right thing.
5. Stay hydrated. Drink water; it is that simple.
I am not a heavy water drinker myself, but I try to because it is crucial for a healthy life. I read somewhere that getting a cute water bottle that can fit into your purse or you can carry around would inspire you to drink water more often.
6. Treat yourself kindly. People make mistakes.
It is expected, so don’t be quick to put yourself down when you make a mistake, don’t harbour negative thoughts of yourself, be kind, and speak to yourself like you would talk to a friend when they make a mistake. Acknowledge the error and remember that you can always correct it; you are only human.
7. Anything worth doing is worth doing well but take breaks.
So many posts on the internet say if you take breaks, you are doing something wrong, and you should always be doing something, or you will be left behind. Ignore that and work at your own pace. Take your time; don’t let anyone rush you; if you don’t feel inspired, that is okay breathe and find your inspiration in the things that you love.
8. Don’t compare yourself to others.
If you find yourself putting your work down because you feel someone in the same field as you are doing better, stop! Everyone is different, and we should all bring unique perspectives instead of sticking to one style. Work on getting better not because you think someone is doing better than you but because you understand that you are unique and want to do even better for yourself.
9. Stop worrying about what other people think of you.
People’s opinions and their perceptions of you is none of your business. Don’t let their opinions stop you from achieving your goals and living your life.
10. Try new things.
If you feel like your life is boring and there is no magic, don’t wait for anyone to come in and give you that spark. Go out and find exciting things to do in your city. Go to a park, restaurant, art gallery or museum in your town. Take a lot of pictures and have a good time. I hope these tips help you find even better ways to cater to your mental health.