Nowadays, there’s a lot of challenges many people are facing in the current circumstances we have found ourselves in. This, in turn, may have an effect on people’s mental health and wellbeing which is a priority to maintain consistent support to those who may be affected by the changes in the world more so than others. Now more than ever, we need to ensure that we are taking care of our mental health and wellbeing.
Take a look at the most beneficial activities that will elevate your endorphins and keep your wellbeing at the top of its game, letting you take on your daily tasks whilst keeping the country safe at home.
It’s so important to be communicating on a regular basis to ensure your head is kept on its shoulders, especially if you’re in isolation by yourself. Stay connected with your family and friends over the phone, video chat, text or social media; if not for yourself, then for your loved ones who’ll be craving a human connection. Humans thrive off other humans, so touching base will help you to keep your mental health in top form throughout these times of uncertainty.
Taking your mind to a more peaceful space by undertaking meditation is a valuable activity to keep your mind in a positive space. Whether or not this is something you’d usually practice, meditation has many benefits to your mental health. It’s a practice proven to reduce stress, decrease levels of depression, enhance your mind’s focus and provide tranquility in both mental and physical aspects of yourself, ultimately meaning a clearer head and a better night’s sleep.
There’s no right or wrong way to meditate. Set yourself up in a space with little noise and no distractions to truly reap the benefits. You don’t need to necessarily cross your legs, you could lay down, kneel or stand if you wish – as long as you’re in a comfortable position, then close your eyes and think about something which calms you. If you’re struggling or need an idea where to begin, there are plenty of free guides online if you’d prefer to practice your meditation with another voice.
The great outdoors does wonders for your mental health. Just the easy act of nipping outside into your garden, balcony or a brisk walk nearby your estate work wonders in keeping your mind active and awake. If you live near the countryside, the benefits of nature have a significant effect on your mindset.
Other than the oxygen and Vitamin D, if it’s a particularly sunny day, the colour green is often associated with peace, hope and comfort, thereby meaning if you’re lucky enough to live with idyllic country views, make the most of those picturesque scenes! If you live in the city, find that park or path that steers you out of the way of the city buildings. If you’re not looking for a walk, take ten minutes in your garden, on your balcony or simply at your doorstep. The benefits the fresh air has on your mental health are extraordinary.
Similarly to grabbing yourself some fresh air, having daily exercise will keep your mental health in the positive space. The outdoors will subconsciously encourage you to take on some exercise, whether that’s a walk, jog or bike ride – take advantage of the access to daily exercise.
There are many positives exercise has on your mental health. It could be seen as perhaps the most powerful medicine to your entire wellbeing. Combating your mental health challenges, exercise releases endorphins in your brain which then energise your spirits, setting your mind into a positive space. Focus your mind to eliminate further mental health obstacles. Exercise breaks the cycle which feeds depression and stress, as it releases endorphins which boosts your dopamine and serotonin levels.
Finally, a small but largely effective activity for your mental health is the practice of reflecting and planning your days. At the end of each day, reflect on what went well, what you’re proud of and who you’re grateful for in your life; no matter how big or small these little things are. Embrace and focus on the positives in your life that will motivate you to take on tomorrow.
Mindfulness techniques will develop your focus on the present moment, rather than the past which could lead you down a path of dwelling. Increased awareness, relaxation, and clarity are just a few benefits you will reap from practicing activities related to enhancing your mindfulness.
Planning your day will bring routine back into your life, defeating that uncertain feeling which may bring on anxiety throughout the day. If it’s simply one accomplishment you wish to achieve by the end of the day, this will keep your mindset focused and not clouded over by any troublesome thoughts.
Remember, your mental health and wellbeing are a priority and if you need space from your home, go outside and have a walk. If you need someone to talk to, call someone and tell them how you’re feeling, ask them how they are and talk about your favourite things to leave you feeling positive and optimistic.
Nobody is the same, and different techniques will work in varying ways in every unique mind. Remember, stay home, stay safe and #WeBeforeMe.