According to some studies, positive thinking and wellbeing helps with stress management and can even improve your health.
Like many of us, you probably have a lot going on right now. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives that taking time to look after ourselves can come in second place. Try it yourself with these seven tips for a healthier headspace:
Ask for help
Recognise when you are feeling low or stressed and speak with friends or family. If you think your mental health is taking a dip, speak with your GP or health professional.
Learn a new skill you enjoy
This can be anything from drawing, learning how to play an instrument or photography, just to name a few. Developing new skills is a positive way to increase your resilience, develop your self-awareness and boost your confidence.
Eating well is just as important for our minds as it is our bodies. Certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies such as vitamin B12 and iron can be attributed to low energy and poor concentration. Try to to eat a balanced diet for improved mood, better sleep and more energy.
Try cutting back on your alcohol consumption
Although the occasional glass of red wine has been linked to longevity and lower risk of heart disease, too much of a good thing can have you feeling depressed and anxious the next day.
Being active is essential for maintaining good mental health and is linked to increased levels of serotonin and endorphins which help boost your mood. Aim for at least 30 minutes of movement everyday. A short walk, stretching or some other form of gentle activity will do the trick.
Connect with others
Putting time into your relationships can shift the focus off yourself and also provides support when you’re not feeling your best.
Do something for others
Helping others promotes a sense of purpose and is not only good for the people you’re helping, it’s good for you as well! Whether it’s
giving to a charity, volunteering around your community or donating to a worthy cause, helping others is an important part of maintaining a healthy headspace.
Whether it’s five minutes or 15, try taking some time each day to focus on the things that make you smile. Which tip are you practicing today?