Boost Your Mental Health With These Powerful Self-Care Tips
Between dealing with unprecedented change and staying safe, there’s no denying the pandemic has caused you to make a lot of drastic changes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also given people a lot of reasons to be stressed, depressed, and anxious.
In these trying times, the need for self-care has never been more important.
The benefits of taking care of yourself and your body are profound.
Integrating self-care practices into your daily routine is not only important to your physical health, it can also work wonders for your mental state.
Research suggests that the more you practice self-care, the more creative, productive, and confident you can be.
Not only that, you taking care of yourself will allow you to make better decisions, experience more joy, and build stronger relationships.
Boost your mental health and show yourself some fierce love by doing the following:
Self-Care Tip #01: Stop Hitting the Snooze Button
Many people hit the snooze button believing it is a gentle way to wake up.
What many people do not know is hitting the snooze button is not as harmless as you think.
For starters, it can disrupt your sleep, leaving you feeling more sleepy.
Rather than hitting the snooze button, set the alarm for the time when you actually need to get up.
Your body will prepare you to wake at that time and you will feel less tired and irritated the rest of the day.
Self-Care Tip #02: Open the Blinds as Soon as You Wake Up
One ideal practice you should incorporate in your morning routine is allowing the sun in as soon as you wake up.
Even five minutes of sunlight in the morning can already help boost your vitamin D levels and balance your cortisol levels.
Self-Care Tip #03: Get a Houseplant
Apart from keeping the air cleaner, exposure to plants can also help boost your mood.
According to a 2015 study, interaction with indoor plants can reduce blood pressure, suppress nervous system activity, and lead to an overall sense of calm.
If you are still starting out, try an air plant or a succulent.
Self-Care Tip #04: Start a Hobby
Doing something you love is considered one of the best self-care tips.
Find a hobby that you like, whether it’s creating a bullet journal or knitting.
Having a hobby has been known to help minimize stress and activate the genes that can decrease inflammation and increase immunity.
Self-Care Tip #05: Write in Your Gratitude Journal
Countless studies have indicated that practicing gratitude offers many peerless benefits including reducing anxiety, optimizing cardiac health, and minimizing depression.
Jotting down the things you are grateful for can also give you peace of mind and sharpen your brain function.
If you don’t like keeping a journal, you can just write what you are grateful for in little slips of paper and put them in a jar.
Self-Care Tip #06: Get a Relaxing Massage
Many studies have shown that a massage not only feels good, it has also been known to relieve stiffness and pain, reduce depression and anxiety, and relieve pain and stiffness.
Not only that, a relaxing and gentle massage from your significant other, a professional, or a high-tech tool can also lower blood pressure and stress and increase blood circulation.
Self-Care Tip #07: Meditate for Five Minutes
Research shows that regular meditation has the potential to undo the damaging effects of stress.
It has also been known to calm the part of your brain that is responsible for the fight or flight response.
Set your phone timer for at least five minutes.
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and release any tension that you are holding on to.
If your mind begins to wander, refrain from judging yourself.
Simply bring yourself back to the awareness of your breath.
For more guidance on meditation, check out meditation apps you can find online.
Self-Care Tip #08: Take a Break
Working non-stop can take a toll and cause unwanted stress on your mind and body.
If you are fortunate enough to have an employment with available vacation hours, avail of all of them.
If you don’t have that option, you can sneak in a mini road trip or a quick staycation over the weekend.
Self-Care Tip #09: Exercise Regularly
Getting your heart rate up will not only do wonders for your body but also for your mind.
For starters, exercise can increase your happy hormones (dopamine and serotonin) and improves your mood, increases your pleasure, and reduces pain.
You don’t have to spend long hours in the gym, seven days a week.
Something as simple as going for a jog, brisk walking, a 30-minute circuit routine, or a quick online yoga class can go a long way.
Self-Care Tip #10: Get Enough Sleep
For many people, this is easier said than done.
However, it is important to keep in mind that sleep deprivation can cause increased frustration and stress, mental lapses, and can lead to health problems.
Despite your hectic schedule, make sure you adhere to healthy sleep habits in order to genuinely enjoy life.
Apart from a good book, other things that can help you get some relaxing sleep include a sleep mask, super soft sheets, and white noise machine.
Over to You
In these trying times, taking care of yourself is not optional—it is crucial to your survival. That said, make time for self-care. Make it an integral part of your daily routine. You will thank yourself later.