Top 10 ways we can look after our mental health
This is such a spot on graphic which I’m sure pretty much all of us mums can relate to. How many times have we answered 'fine' when we were feeling anything but?
Being a mum is amazing but it is also be so tough.
It can be a huge lifestyle shift, and often you feel like you've lost a bit of your identity. We survive on little or broken sleep night after night, and the days can become a relentless cycle. So it's not surprising the huge effect this can have on our mental health.
According to mental health.org these are the top 10 ways we can look after our mental health:-
Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy, and is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health.
Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.
We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary. When the drink wears off, you feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body.
There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face to face, but that’s not always possible. especially at there moment. You can also give them a call, drop them a note, or chat to them online instead
None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear.
A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning the kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work, or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some ‘me time’.
What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself can help beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it, and achieving something boosts your self-esteem
We’re all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.
Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.