Health | How To… Daily Ways to Mind Your Mental Health

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Health How to… Daily Ways to Mind Your Mental Health

Mental health refers to our overall sense of psychological wellbeing.

It’s something that influences everything in our lives – our thoughts, our feelings, our behaviours, our relationships and our capacity to deal with life’s difficulties. Below are some tips to help you boost your mental health.

Please note: If you are experiencing feelings of severe depression, anxiety, hopelessness or are having trouble sleeping, can’t get out of bed or generally don’t feel like yourself it is essential that you speak to your GP or a loved one.

You can call The Samaritans helpline free of charge, 24 hours a day on 116 123 in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Daily Ways to Mind Your Mental Health

  1. Practice gratitude – Every evening write down three things that you were grateful for today. The practice of gratitude is incredibly powerful and can change our lives for the better. Gratitude not only helps us to feel good, it also helps us to cultivate happiness and optimism. Try it for 21 days and you’re guaranteed to notice a positive change in how you feel.
  2. Be mindful – Every day try to do one thing without getting distracted. For example, if you’re having a cup of tea, simply have that cup of tea. Turn off the TV, put away your phone and be fully present in the moment. Notice how the mug feels in your hand, pay attention to the scent of the tea and how it tastes. These moments of mindfulness offer us deep relaxation in the midst of an otherwise busy day. Try practicing mindfulness with your morning cuppa, while you’re brushing your teeth, when you’re commuting or when you’re washing up.
  3. Engage in positive self-talk – We have thousands of thoughts every single day but it’s what we say to ourselves that matters the most. Many of us are prone to self-criticism and this can slowly chip away at our self-esteem. Whenever you find yourself being unnecessarily harsh to yourself, pause and ask yourself: ‘Would I speak to my friend or a family member like that?’ if the answer is no (and it most always is!) let the critical thought go and instead replace it with something positive. So for example your critical thought may be ‘I’m not good enough’ and you might replace that with the positive thought of ‘I am good enough and I am doing my best’.
  4. Share the love – It’s amazing how much love can lift us up. Every day make it a point to express your love. You can do this by hugging a loved one or calling a friend or family member and telling them how much they mean to you.
  5. Unplug – The average person checks their phone about 80 times a day. Staying plugged in all day long can be incredibly exhausting and detrimental to our mental health. Make a pact with yourself that you’ll unplug all your electronics at least an hour before bedtime. Spend that hour doing something completely for yourself such as reading a good book, having a bath or spending time with your children.