Mental wellbeing is super important. Putting time and effort into keeping your mental wellbeing in good shape will just make life that little bit easier.
We’ve curated a list of 7 ways you can invest in your mental wellbeing; do your future self a favour and try some of them out. 💛
- Learn your triggers 🤷
Learning what stresses you out or triggers negative emotions is the first step to improving your mental wellbeing. Some examples of triggers could be an overwhelming workload or to-do list, a stressful relationship or a lack of time. Everyone’s triggers are different but finding out yours mean that you can start to take the right steps to avoid, reduce and find alternatives to them.
- Find a way to curb your worries 📝
Having worried and anxious thoughts is totally normal, it’s a natural response to the unknown. However, having excess worries can affect your day-to-day life, so finding a way to curb these thoughts will aid you in the long run. By learning to challenge your anxious thoughts, you’ll be able to reassure yourself that things aren’t always as bad as they may seem.
Try asking yourself these questions next time you’re feeling anxious or worried: · Is there any evidence that these thoughts are true? · Is there a more positive and realistic way to look at the situation? · Will what I’m worrying about matter in a year's time? · Is the fact that I’m worrying helping the situation?
- Connect with others 👭
It’s so easy to block everyone out during times of low mental wellbeing but staying connected with loved ones who make you feel comfortable and bring joy into your life is vital. Whether it’s talking to existing friends or reaching out to make new ones, communication and talking about how you feel to others takes a little bit of the weight off your shoulders.
- Find an outlet 🎸
Finding something that brings you pure joy in life should be a priority. Whether it be something creative like drawing or painting or something adventurous like rock climbing, your outlets are super personal to you. It’s something you can always look forward to as well as being a way to relieve stress and live in the moment.
- Make self-care non-negotiable 🛀
Self-care is all the hype these days, but with good reason. Making small acts of self-care part of your daily routine can do wonders for your mental wellbeing but, it’s easy to let these habits slide when life gets busy. Making self-care non-negotiable could mean making sure you read for at least 5 minutes a day or taking a moment in the morning to centre yourself before the workday ahead.
- Learn the art of meditation 🧘
Meditation might seem intimidating, but it’s actually quite simple. It’s the process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts, it can help you gain a more positive outlook, self-discipline, healthier sleep patterns and general wellbeing. A study has even proven that people who took part in a meditation exercise experienced fewer negative thoughts in response to viewing negative images, compared to those in a control group. Meditation could be a great method to use to help curb your worries and any negative perceptions you have, as discussed above.
- Ease off the pressure 🤚
No one is perfect, so why do we spend so much time putting pressure on ourselves? Whilst it’s great to set standards for yourself, you could be expecting a little too much from yourself and the people around you. Whether it’s to do with you, work or relationships, these standards can often lead to disappointment and even stress. Realising that not everything or everyone has to be perfect and taking the pressure off yourself can give you a whole new outlook on life. Accept yourself and others for who they are. 🙌
Investing in your wellbeing may take a bit of time and effort, but it’s so worth it. Just like how acts of self-care and self-love may look different for each one of us, so does life admin! Did you know that about 54% of the UK doesn’t have a will but 22%. That means there are so many families who have not protected their loved ones through writing a will or purchasing life insurance.