So…do you feel like your mental health could use a little love?…
Taking time to give our mental health a boost, can have have real benefits that can have ripple effects in all areas of life.
Here are some practical ways, we as busy women, can start to nurture our own mental health.
Understand Where We Are Today
To nurture our mental health, we need to know where we are at right now. What things are lacking or non-supportive in our life?
Take a moment to think about things or people in your life that “wear you out” or “deplete” your mental energy…
Can you adjust your life to have less contact with the person or events that take away your energy or wear on your mental health?
Think about setting mental and emotional boundaries, to protect yourself from energy drainers and stress-pushers. Create safe emotional space for yourself and decide which people or events you will allow to affect you and your energy.
Although some interactions with stress-producing people cannot be avoided, you can still give yourself mental space to limit interaction with them and chose how much energy you are going to give them.
Have Scheduled “Me Time“
Yes, we’re talking about self-care. Just because it has become a trending topic the last few years, doesn’t mean it isn’t important and valuable.
Self-care is nothing more than your “me time”. Activities that you choose to do for your own happiness, contentment, health, and fulfillment.
When thinking about self-care, don’t rely so much on what others choose to do.
Self-care is a very personal thing, so the activities you choose to do during your “me time” might be completely different from someone else.
It can be completing an art project, watching your favorite show, taking a nap, playing with your dog, going for a walk, or taking a bath. There are no limits and no right or wrong way to do it.
Log Off and Find Relaxing Activities
Sometimes, the best thing you can do for your own mental health is to log off.
Turn the phone off.
Shut off the television.
Close your computer.
It is not uncommon for social media and a constant flux of news and opinions to deplete your mental health without realizing it.
If you find that you get angry, sad, frustrated, or feel inferior when you log onto social media, it’s time to take more breaks from it. Give your mind a break and focus on other positive life activities.
Know When it’s Time to Let Go
Letting go can be a difficult part of life, but it is often something you need to embrace in order to nurture your mental health.
This can be letting go of people who tend to be a negative influence, toxic elements in general, or letting go of habits that are no longer serving you.
Remember that you are in control of who and what you give your energy to. Spend your energy on things and with people that fill your soul and build your energy.
It may take some time to slowly shift, but small steps can lead to positive long term results.