5 Things I’m Doing to Manage My Mental Health Better

Hola my loves!

Did you forget about me? I really hope not – I’ve been AWOL for I don’t know how long and mourning the apparent loss of all blogging mojo. Do they bottle that stuff? Hit me up yo.

I wanted to come back with something that’s pretty relevant to my life right now, & that’s how I’m managing my mental health better. I’m fairly confident in saying that this year so far, has been the most contented I’ve felt in years. I feel as though my mental health is at the best it’s ever been and I’m doing… ok. I’m ok. I wasn’t sure I’d ever feel ‘ok’ again and yet here I am saying I’m ok. I’ve said ok too much, banning it from my vocab ASAP.

I’ve been spending a lot of time working out what works for me; what makes me feel better, what doesn’t, who I like to be around, who’s good for me, what makes me happy, and I’d say I’ve definitely acquired some tools for my belt when it comes to managing my mental health better – so much so in fact, that I wanted to share some with you here!

Learning – I’ve always wanted to learn the German language & I honestly couldn’t tell you why I’ve never just gone ahead & cracked on with it. Let’s not dwell! I’m finally doing it and I’m loving it. I’ve also signed up for a beginners course in Forensic Psychology – I love me some true crime and mystery solvin’ so figured why not?! Not only can learning benefit you in terms of exercising your brain, but it’s also a wonderful distraction from anything that might be niggling us mentally, & offers a sense of purpose. Plus who doesn’t wanna add another skill to their CV amIrite?!

Listening to myself  – I know this sounds like I’m being Captain Obvious here, but it can be all to easy to ignore how we’re feeling, to dismiss what we want ourselves and to not always do the best by ourselves. If I want to do something, I do it. If I need to take some time out, I will. Simple, but effective, and you can see the difference in yourself just from being a little more mindful of your own needs.

Chugging lots of water  – Sounds like a no-brainer, but I’ll wager the majority of us don’t drink enough water – hands up! I’ve been making the conscious decision to drink more and with a citrus twist too – I slice up half a lemon and pop it in a pint glass, refilling throughout the day, and let me tell you, my skin is in the best condition right now! I’m so chuffed with how clear it is & how healthy I look, and I’d say it’s all down to a spot o’ H20 & a yellow fruit. This in turn has made me feel lots better in myself so, double bonus!

Working out – Albeit not as much as I’d have liked (you might notice my fitness diary has gone a little radio silent..), that said I’m picking it back up and I’ve just this past week been doing some HIIT workouts with Joe Wicks. Like via YouTube, if it were actual real-life physical-in-the-flesh Joe Wicks, I mean… I digress. I’ve obviously not been doing them long enough to notice a physical difference but I’ve already noticed a total change in my mental health and confidence levels – I’d even go so far as to say I feel a little sexier for doing them. *Cringes self out & steps away from keyboard for a moment to get over cringe.* But seriously, I can’t recommend them enough! I’ve been doing 20 minute sessions and even though I’m a cripple the next day, my mental health seems to benefit so much. Winner.

Nature walks – In case you hadn’t guessed from my Insta feed, I am a huge nature girl – stick me in some gardens with an abundance of trees & flowers and I’ll love you forever. It’s been proven that nature – or ecotherapy – is beneficial to our mental health for so many different reasons; we stop and take in our surroundings, it encourages calm & collectiveness, it allows perspective & it’s freaking beautiful – for me on a personal level, time just stands still for a little while. Nature is a marvel and I definitely feel at my happiest when sat under a blossom tree, listening to the birds singing. Bliss. 

Let me know if you do any of these things, or alternatively let me know what you do to help manage your mental health – I’d love to hear your recommendations!

Oodles of love,

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9 thoughts on “5 Things I’m Doing to Manage My Mental Health Better

  1. Love this! So glad to hear that you’ve been feeling happier this year 🙂 that really is amazing! It’s wonderful you’ve started learning the German language and signed up to a class for something you’re interested in. Learning really can make us feel so great, give us a confidence boost along with so many other positives. I love to learn too. HIIT workouts are so good! I haven’t done one in so long, I just do random workouts at home buuut I think I may do a HIIT tomorrow- thanks for the inspo! Great blog post hun 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much lovely!! I totally agree, anything that gives your confidence a little boost here & there can only be a good thing right?! Haha you’re welcome, hey we can compare how broken we feel 24/48 hours later, I’m honestly like a big ol’ broken duck after a HIIT, but it’s a good kinda pain! Thanks for reading girl, sending you lots of love! ❤ xx

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    1. Yes! I totally agree, nature is so therapeutic, and gardening too can be good for the soul! I’ve even managed to keep some house plants alive and they bring me lots of joy too! Thanks for reading lovely! ❤ xx

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  2. So glad to read that things are going so well for you!!! It is a wonderful feeling when things just seem to fall into place and we feel OK. Sometimes that can be a bit wavy, but the find the level ground and maintain it…it’s an awesome feeling(I’ve been there, slid into a little slump, but I am on my way back up again too.) There is something very energetic about the blogging world. All the interaction with others who understand and can empathize with what we may be struggling with…it’s great fuel for our own stability. Keep up those nature walks…and making your fabulous strides to a better you! ❤

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    1. Hi my lovely Sharon! I’m so sorry I’ve not gotten back to you sooner, please forgive me! I’m so glad you’re doing well yourself & are on your way up too – always here if you ever find yourself in a slump again though! Thank you for being such a ray of sunshine – definitely doing better now which is just great! 100% agree with you that the blogging world is wonderful for finding community and folk that are supportive – not sure how I lived without it before! Sending you lots of love and positivity – I hope you’re well! ❤ x

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      1. Thank you for your kind words my friend. This community of new friends is proving to be such a boosting factor. Never feel like you have to apologize for any delays….life is simply what it is – a busy place…. ❤

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