Important Self-Care Tips to Manage Your Mental Health
There’s a saying that goes, “Sometimes the worst place to be is in your own head.” Never has there been any time in history when this quote has been truer.
Statistics show that mental health issues are at an all-time high. Despite the advent of technology and daily conveniences in our lives, as a society, we’re more frazzled than ever before.
Stress is at an all-time high. Deadlines, financial stress, politics, the never-ending onslaught of bad news blaring on news networks and other triggers are adversely affecting millions daily.
Sooner or later something has got to give… and it has. Millions of people are suffering from mental health problems and require help from a system that’s letting them slip through the cracks without a safety net to rescue them.
It’s unfortunate and you’re the best person to look out for yourself. Prevention is better than cure.
The best way to prevent yourself from becoming a victim to the pressures of society will be to adopt a few self-care measures to protect your mind from the noisy world that’s designed to drive you to insanity.
Below you’ll find a list of simple measures that you can adopt to barricade your mind and protect it from the media and madness that’s all around us today.
1. Steer clear of toxic people
This is the MOST important tip of the lot. More people suffer mental stress because of the words and actions of other people than any other cause. With the popularity of social media, this problem has escalated out of control.
It’s very common to see people ranting and raving at strangers on social media platforms over trivial issues. Politics, crime, world events, etc. are all triggers for unnecessary debate.
If you want peace of mind, your best bet is to avoid toxic people in your personal life and hate-filled people on social media platforms. It’s not your battle to make everyone else agree with you. This is a surefire route to aggravation and mental stress. Stay above it.
2. Take time to be in quiet solitude
You may choose to meditate, or sit in a park and watch the world go by, or go to the beach and watch the waves lapping on the shore. Take time to be alone and learn to quiet your thoughts. Doing this will recharge your mind and soul.
We live in a world where people constantly need to be stimulated. They live off the constant dopamine hits that social media notifications and other stimuli provided.
They thrive on ‘noise’ and something has to always be going on for them to feel secure and alive. They have a fear of missing out and don’t even realize it.
Avoid this constant drain on your mental energy. Music is the space between the notes.
“In solitude, the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” – Laurence Sterne
3. Learn to say no
This is especially true at the workplace. If you have the time to assist someone, then, by all means, help out. But if you’re already overburdened by work that’s threatening to put you in a mental institution, you have to learn to say no if others try to get you to share their workload.
Learn to say no to telemarketers, salespeople, invitations to social events, etc. The rule of thumb is that if you don’t feel like it, just say no to it. Period
Despite your best efforts to stay calm and collected, life happens to all of us and you may find stressful events threatening your peace. Journaling is a fantastic way to release stress without having to talk to anyone.
The act of writing your thoughts out on paper is cathartic. If you’re angry or annoyed with someone, write it all down. Channel your feelings into your journaling and you’ll feel much better when you’re done.
5. Break the curse of monotony
Monotony saps your life energy and drains your soul. While some monotony in life is to be expected, the constant grind can wear you down.
It’s imperative that you add some change and excitement in your life to wake you up. Try something you’ve always wanted to do. Challenge yourself. Pick up a new hobby. Visit a place you’ve never been to before. Be spontaneous and open to new experiences.
There’s a reason people usually feel happy on a vacation. The change of scenery breaks the monotony. Variety is the spice of life. Use it to stay happy and protect your mental health.
The 5 tips in this article are very powerful if applied consistently. Protect your headspace and don’t allow the negative energy in the world to shape your thoughts or dictate your emotions. Guard your mind and you’ll be mentally and emotionally strong.