Q: How do you go about coping with your mental health whilst trying to live a normal day-to-day life?
A: Not unlike another question I have answered; I believe it’s all about balance.
We all have our daily routines, responsibilities, and more often than not it’s very easy for life to get in the way of us finding time to relax and wind-down. Balancing our ‘life-loads’ can be a tricky and tiring exercise, but one that in the end will benefit our wellbeing.
Looking after our wellbeing doesn’t have to be a huge statement, it doesn’t have to involve a whole day of activities and consume hours and hours that we just don’t have. Taking care of our mental health can be as easy as having a bubble bath with a cold glass of Dr. Pepper, or sitting in the garden for 20 minutes.
Humans are complex creatures and there will never be one overarching answer to looking out for our wellbeing, however there are many different self-care activities that we can participate in which are said to improve our wellbeing. Please see a non-exhaustive list below:
Exercise (groan!) – yes some of us will hate the thought of exercise and couldn’t think of anything worse. However, when we exercise our bodies release the neuro-chemicals known as Serotonin and Dopamine. Serotonin and Dopamine help with the balance and management of our happiness levels within our brain. If we are looking for a boost in those happy chemicals exercise is a proven method to achieve that! It also helps us with lifting our self-confidence and is also beneficial to our physical health. This doesn’t need to be too strenuous, a long walk perhaps, or a light jog around the block or local park!
Make a phone call – Call up your go-to friend or relative and have a moan! Or better yet have a chat about the latest gossip in their lives if you don’t want to discuss yours. Blowing off steam with a friend is a great way to focus on things other than your worries and stresses.
Practice guided meditation/mindfulness – there are many apps that can help with this, or if you’re not keen on that, try YouTube!
Read a mag/book – take yourself away from your world and immerse yourself into another!
Gaming – likewise, immerse yourself in something that is far from your worries and troubles.
Write it down – write down your worries and stresses and tear it up after if that’s what helps you!
If you want to find other ways of managing your wellbeing a quick Google search can be super beneficial. Remember, it’s super important to try and take time each day for you.
Take care xo