New Year is only around the corner, and I’ve already seen posts on creating new year’s resolutions, or how to review your year in a nutshell. Many of these posts often focus on career goals, and perhaps physical wellness goals, but what about mental health?
How we think is just as important as working on our bodies, so it’s necessary to think about the different ways we can prioritise our mental health. Spending time to pick on habits that can reduce stress levels and boost our self-esteem that can have a healthy major impact should be apart of our ‘end of year’ reviews.
Poor mental health can lead to stress, bad moods, and poor problem solving skills, and it can also affect your physical health. If you’re ready to put more energy into feeling stress-free and happy, then try these 5 tips to prioritise your mental health.
Keep A Gratitude Journal
Making a regular note of the things you are thankful for, can elevate your mood. It may be difficult at first, but make an effort to find people, events, and circumstances in your life that you are grateful for.
Pay attention to your sleep habits
Lack of sleep can create havoc on your mental wellbeing, so really think about whether sacrificing sleep in order to get your work done is worth it. According to research from UC Berkeley, lack of sleep can trigger anxiety and a another research study from the University of Sydney discovered that the less hours of sleep people get, the more likely they are to experience psychological distress.
Notice your Self Talk
I often refer to self talk as the inner critic talking, sometimes it can be supportive and kind, and at other times it can be horrible and mean. But often, most people tend to have a very strong negative self-talk and are not aware of it.
For example, you may constantly say to yourself ‘I’m so stupid’ without realising the effect it could have on your mental health. Although it’s difficult to notice the negative things you say to yourself, once you do begin to notice particular negative phrases, challenge those words with more support one’s.
A great way to track a negative thought patterns is to keep a journal.
Say No (every so often)
Some people have no problem with saying no and putting their needs first, but for others saying ‘No’ can be frightening and guilt-evoking. Whilst we all want to help and love to be needed, saying ‘yes’ to every request can be stressful. Saying ‘no’ is one way to reduce stress in your life, unless you really want to do the task requested, resist the urge to take on other people’s responsibilities.
See a therapist
There’s often a misconception that therapy is for the mentally ill – therapy is for everyone.
Whether your life is going down the right path or your stressed to the bone, speaking to a qualified and registered therapist can be really useful. It’s a great place to develop your self-awareness and gain a better insight to particular behavior patterns.