The following list of wellness suggestions is merely a starting point. Reach out if you need additional assistance. I think it’s both reasonable and brave of you to do so.
Be Kind to Yourself: It’s easy to be harsh on yourself when you’re down. Even if you can’t bring yourself to give yourself a pat on the back, at least attempt to be kind to yourself. Bonus tip: Do something nice for someone else when you’re trying to be kind to yourself! Be proud of your accomplishment and tell yourself so.
Exercise: Even a brisk stroll or a few flights of stairs might help alleviate stress and boost concentration. Exercising on a daily basis has been shown to improve one’s mood, concentration, and even aid with the symptoms of sadness and anxiety.
Healthy Eating: Are we talking about fruits and vegatables? Absolutely! Healthy foods. Sure. Unless it’s water, don’t drink more than 10 cups of anything in a day. In addition, a healthy diet necessitates a positive attitude regarding food. Eat with your friends, try new things, and don’t get too caught up in the food you’re eating. Consider seeking help if you see that your relationship to food is negatively impacting your mental or physical health.
Getting a Good Night’s Rest: Adults should get at least seven hours of sleep each night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The quality of your sleep is just as important as when you go to bed and how well you sleep. It’s recommended by sleep health expert Dr. Eleanor McGlinchey to rise at the same hour every day, even on weekends and holidays. Using this simple trick on Monday morning (also known as “social jet lag”) can ensure that you are operating and feeling at your best.
Putting the Screens to Sleep Before You Sleep: Before going to bed, it has been found that gazing at a screen can alter how quickly you fall asleep and the quality of your night’s rest. Smartphone blue light interferes with the creation of melatonin, which governs your sleep-wake cycle. Even when you’re supposed to be slowing down, you’re keeping your mind active by reading, messaging, posting, etc. That’s not even taking into account the late-night texts.
Deepen Your Breath: Try it out. Slowly inhale and exhale. From your abdomen, work your way up to your ribs, your chest, and finally your lungs. Breathe out as slowly as you inhaled. Keeping a running tally might be a useful tool (“1, 2, 3, 4, 5 …”) Repeat.
Embrace the Power of Mutuality: There are many ways to feel more connected to the people and things around you, whether it’s through friends, family, or even just a pleasant hello. Instead than focusing on how many friends you have, try to improve the quality of your connections. Keep in touch with the person who makes you feel encouraged, joyful, useful, liked or loved, or any other good sentiments.
Make a List of Relaxation Methods: Relaxing is one of those things that’s easy to say but difficult to practise. The ability to unwind and maintain a state of calm can be learned. Make a list of stress-relieving activities that you can do. Step by step, put them to the test. Don’t give up until you’ve found a solution that works. It’s important to keep in mind that you’re aiming to improve your health. You can’t expect to get long-term benefits from short-term remedies like taking medications or abusing alcohol and other substances. As a result, they can be crossed off the list. Add a picture or a mental image of a beautiful area you’d like to visit in the future.
Seek assistance (and offer assistance): Do not struggle alone; there are many people who can help. This could be a family member or a friend. Another option is to get help from a therapist, family physician, or other mental health expert. There are a lot of people out there that can help, but not all of them are going to be the right fit for you. If a friend, family member, or other person you care about is having a bad day, consider what you may do to brighten their day.
Begin with a Small Step: There is a good chance you will fail if you try to complete everything at once. Draw a dotted line from point A to point B to point C. Take a break every now and then. It will be worth it in the long run.
“Be kind to yourself” is something we’ve talked about before. It’s worth repeating, though.