5 ways to improve your mental health in small steps


It’s so
refreshing to see so many people on social media promoting mental health and its
impact. I recently read an interesting article (link below) about the emotional burden of being a mother and the impact it’s having on women’s mental health. It’s a sigh of relief to many that there’s an
open dialogue now for women to really open up and talk about how they feel about the difficulties of motherhood. It’s important for people to understand that women are carrying this burden of ’round-the-clock responsibilities’ which is leading to a general dissatisfaction with life and a feeling of overwhelm.

If
you’re suffering from any type of mental health issue, these small steps will help you on your path to peace as they have with me. Every mum has a right to prioritise her mental health and feel happy and supported.

Walking in nature
Going for a long walk when I feel anxious really clears my head and gives me
some breathing space. No music, no podcasts, just breathing and absorbing my
surroundings. Take yourself for a walk in natural surroundings like the beach
or a park and focus only on putting one foot in front of the other.
Talking to someone
Sometimes all I want to do is turn to a loved one and tell them everything about how I feel and have
them listen, feed me, and give me a hug. If you don’t feel comfortable talking
to a loved one, there are helplines that can be found on https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/helplines.htm
if you just feel like getting something off your chest without any judgement.

Prioritise yourself and what you need

 Do you ever just want to not talk to anyone, stay in bed, and have a
good cry watching The Notebook? Good, me too. And that’s okay – chances are if
I give myself some alone time to recover, I feel all cried out the day after
and can start putting some pieces back together. Crying is a release for me and
I always feel lighter afterwards.


Practice gratitude every day

 It’s become a daily habit of mine to remind myself daily of what I’m grateful
for every morning and night. It can be as simple as ‘I’m grateful for my health’.
It might sound corny, but reminding myself of how lucky I am every day eases my
anxiety and forces me to be present in the moment. There are people in the
world who are happy with much less than what I have and it’s important to
remember that a bad day doesn’t equal a bad life; this feeling will pass.

10 minute daily meditation 

If you’re suffering from anxiety, taking a 10 minute break to sit and focus
only on your breathing can help lower your heart rate and give you some
clarity. Google some meditation apps that can help get you started. One of my
favourites is Headspace, and YouTube also do lots of free guided meditation
videos. Find more information on meditation here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r9eRgLX770.

Please
remember that not every mental health problem can be solved with a few small
steps. Some problems take much more time, expert advice and sometimes
medication. So please, go and speak to your GP or open up to someone who can
help if you don’t feel like you’re making any progress
.

Link to article mentioned – https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/women-mental-health-motherhood-family-emotional-labour-study-research-a8740501.html

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