Hey hey friends of the web,
I’m back with some more words about the brain. In honor of May being mental health awareness month, I thought some tips on how to take care of your mental health would be helpful.
1. Limit Social Media
I’m not going to tell you I think social media is bad. I don’t. I think it has a lot of benefits that involve bringing people together and helping create important connections. However, screen time burnout is real. Too much of anything is never good for us humans. Plus, scrolling on the internet all day really takes you out of the present moment.
Take a break. A day, a few hours. I usually take longer breaks when I realize that I am aimlessly scrolling and not really taking in any of the things I see.
I know you know reading is good for your brain. It helps you focus and helps your mind stay sharp. It’s also always good to take in new information. You don’t have to read a book, it can be blog posts, academic articles, news articles, etc…..just something to get those wheels in your brain moving in a new direction.
3. Replace Draining Thoughts.
You know those thought patterns you have that just drain the life out of you? Like the thoughts of “I’m not good enough” or “everything is going wrong” or whatever it is for you. Try replacing the thought with something new. Flip it. Every time you think “I’m not good enough”, force yourself to think of at least one or two things that you are really good at. Even if they’re small. It helps change up the draining thoughts and leaves you with thoughts that don’t feel as draining.
4. Mix it Up.
So often I get in a cruddy mood when I realize I am doing the same things and going to the same places everyday. Mix it up. I don’t mean mix it up and go on a vacation, unless that’s what you want, but add little changes in your schedule. Add something new to your morning routine or do it out of order. Try a new restaurant or go to a new park. If you work from home, maybe try working at a coffee shop. A change in routine, forces a change of perspective and gets our brains forming new thought patterns.
5. Take Time for Yourself.
Cheesy, but true. Take time to be alone with yourself. Take an extra long shower. Go out to dinner by yourself. Chill out in your home alone. My personal favorite is just sitting in my car vibing to music. Just enjoy your own company, take time to revisit with yourself and figure out your values. Really learn yourself and what you like and don’t like. So often we get caught up in not wanting to be alone and being what others want, we forget that who we are and what we need/want is one of the most important things in our lives.
Your mental health is real and it effects everything you do. These tips are just a few ways to practice taking care of your brain, however you have to practice it for it to work. There are lots of other ways to take care of your mental health as well. Such as movement, yoga, and meditation. I encourage you to try all the things so you can figure out what things work best for you. If you’re interested in trying out yoga or meditation in a way to take care of your health, I have some offerings listed, just check out my homepage under yoga offerings.
I hope you found this article helpful. Let me know in the comments things you do to take care of your mental health and follow me on insta for daily yoga and brain things.
Have a fantastic week, friends.