Ways to a happier, healthier mind
There are simple ways to improve your own mental health. Everyone gets down from time to time. Everyone needs a bit of boost now and again. There is a lot you can do yourself to change your mood and get out of the rut. There are ways of training yourself that will change how you feel, and keep you feeling good. Maybe you can improve things yourself. It's worth a try. Doing a few simple things every day can have a remarkable effect on your outlook and attitude.
For example, many people feel anxious and pressured, and there's just not enough time in the day. They never really get a chance to relax and stop and think. One way to avoid that feeling is to set aside a little time each day for your mental health.
Daily Mental Health Holiday
For your daily mental health holiday, set aside five or 10 minutes each morning. It can be difficult to find the time with family demands and getting off to work, but investing a few minutes in your own mental health will make your days much more productive. Find a quiet place, somewhere you won't be disturbed five or 10 minutes. Sit or lie down, and focus on your breathing. Just be aware of your breathing. This will have the effect of calming your mind and relaxing your muscles. It is a form of mindfulness. Once you are breathing slowly and gently, deliberately relax your body starting with the shoulders and moving downwards. Deliberately relax your shoulders, then your chest then you're wasting your hips and so on. This will reduce your blood pressure and should derail any anxiety you are feeling.
Then, in that calm state, think of something you would like to achieve today. Something doable, something measurable, something that it is in your power to do, that doesn't depend on someone else doing something first. Find that thing, and tell yourself that you are going to make it happen today.
It doesn't have to be anything big, it just has to be something you can succeed at. Think of how you will feel when you have done it. And then take that feeling with you, and get on with your day as normal.
Daily dose of success
When you get into the habit of doing this daily, two things will happen. Your body will get used to this gentle daily relaxing practice, and your overall stress levels will reduce. The second thing is, that achieving some little thing every day, having a success and feeling good about it, will also interrupt the buildup of stress and anxiety.
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