Here are 9 simple things you can do on your own to take care of your mental health.
Listen to Music
Music is a powerful way to improve your mood and rejuvenate your mindset. Put on a favourite upbeat song (remember, to listen to only happy and uplifting songs) or listen to relaxing instrumental music.
Ideally, you would want to focus on happy and soft music that gives you a relaxed feeling. The best music to improve your mood and help with your mental health is a song with a familiar melody that makes you feel relaxed and uplifted.
Take a Moment to Laugh
Laughter is a powerful way to fight anxiety, mild depression and other such mental issues. Whenever you laugh, smile or grin, it makes you feel happy and energetic. Put on a funny comedy movie or watch a stand up video. Laughter reduces your stress levels and makes you feel optimistic and positive. Did you know that even when you fake a smile or laugh without a reason, it has a positive impact on your mood and mindset. So laugh and smile, even when you’re alone or without any reason!
Meditation is not necessarily a time consuming exercise and it has numerous benefits for your mental health. Close the door of your room and spend a few minutes with yourself. Sit down, close your eyes and take a few deep calming breaths. You can close your eyes and turn your focus inward. Give yourself a few moments to allow thoughts to move through your mind without acting on them. It is not necessary to avoid thinking; instead, you want to allow your mind to let go off the thoughts until you feel relaxed and calm.
Deep breathing is a simple and effective way to reduce your stress and regain control of your mind. Whenever you start feeling overwhelmed at work or in any other place or situation, sit down and take a few deep and conscious breaths. Breathe in until you feel your diaphragm expand. Then slowly let out your breath. You can focus on breathing by slowly counting upto 4 to 5 counts while you take a breath in and then counting upto 7 to 8 counts as you exhale. Make sure you focus on breathing with your with diaphragm. You should feel your stomach move rather than your shoulders while taking a deep breath. Try to take in some deep breaths before you return to the task that feels overwhelming. You will realise that the slight interruption and focus on breathing actually gives you the chance to step away from the project or task for sometime and regain a feeling of balance. You can then focus on your work or task at hand without feeling overwhelmed.
Sweating it out is great for your mental health. Regular exercise can have a extremely positive effect on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other such issues. It also reduces stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your mood overall. And you don’t have to be a fitness freak to benefit from this. Research indicates that even small amounts of exercise can make a huge difference. No matter what your age or fitness level is, you can learn to use physical exercise as a tool to feel better.
Writing is therapy in itself. Period! Penning down your ideas, thoughts, emotions, feelings and fears is one way of getting in terms with yourself and your reality. It helps you accept things and let go off the things which do not serve your purpose. If you feel you cannot write, start by just scribbling your thoughts and feelings. A few days into scribbling, you will realise you’re ready to write your own journal.
Colouring is art. Sketching is art. Doodling is art. Painting is art. Stitching is art. Doesn’t matter what form of art you like or choose; just create some art. The use of colours brightens the mind making it a happier place. Art also brings out the inner child in us making us.
De-clutter your Space
Give away things you have not used for the past six months. Rearrange your cupboards and drawers etc once you have given away everything you do not use or need. When one de-clutters their physical space, their mental space, that is, their mind also gets rid of unnecessary thoughts and feelings. Most of us have a lot of things we don’t use at all but keep it with ourselves thinking it might come in handy some day or we are too attached to let off things. Try de-cluttering and you will realise, it is a great feeling to detach from things and let go them.
Try or Learn New Things
Do an online course. Learn a new skill such as cooking. Learning something always gives us a boost. It expands our knowledge or skills. Try out things you always wanted to do but didn’t have the time to do so. Things like starting a YouTube channel, recording a vlog or doing a podcast. It’s always fun to experiment.