This week has been Mental Health Week and we have been thinking about our own mental health and ways of improving it.
Mental health is just as important as our physical health, it can affect how we view ourselves, our lives and how we cope with day to day things. It can determine who we are in our various life roles and also what we believe can achieve. However, although we recognise the importance of our mental health it tends to be something that gets put to the bottom of the pile.
Mental health is intricate and vast so the below are just a few suggestions that can start a process of positive thoughts and actions. There is much more help out there depending on the individual needs, some may feel they want to seek professional help, which can be quite scary but this could be the first step that makes all the difference. We are lucky to have such beautiful complex minds, but this does mean it needs a bit of fine tuning from time to time to ensure it works in the best way it can.
Rue Belle's mantras to live by...
Now this is not easy and takes a bit of practise to shut out the noise in our heads , but perseverance and dedication is key. There are many apps now that have made meditation so much more accessible and easier to incorporate in our daily lives. It only requires 10mins and with the guided meditations even a novice can give it a go. We suggest to try and do this first thing in the morning, but it can be done anytime of the day that works for you. We know mornings can be a real rush but allowing that time can help set the tone for the day and create a little peace and positivity first thing. It can also help when something unexpectedly stressful arises in the day, take 10 minutes to breath and you might find you approach the situation differently. Apps that we love are Headspace and Calm, they offer free trials so there is nothing to lose in giving it a go.
Write your goals down
What do you want? When do you want it? Weeks and months can pass and we can feel like we are not achieving the things we want. Goals do not need to be hugely profound, they can be a sort of 'to do' list. By actually writing down what you want to achieve by the end of the week, end of the month and the end of the year can help you break things down, make things more manageable and also help you to make clear what is important for you. Check in with what you have written down, and alter it if you need but most of all re-read them often, so that you are constantly reminded of the direction you are heading.
Being thankful for even the smallest things just feels good, it creates a positive thought which in turn gives us a positive feeling. Before going to sleep either mentally say thank you or keep a gratitude journal for least 3 things you are grateful for from that day, it might not always feel like you have things to be grateful for, but on those days dig deep, it could be the roof over your head, the warm bed you are sleeping in or your beautiful children, but whatever it is, feel the emotion of thanks, try and feel the words. I know it might sound a bit 'airy fairy' but this simply ends your day positively, no matter how trying that day has been it allows you to drift off with final thoughts of happiness and hopefully start the next in the same way.