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,