It has long been proving that working out can help boost your mood, make you healthier overall and also help you cope better with the stresses of life. Now while this may be true, you do not need to run multiple marathons a year or go to the gym every day in order to better manage your mental health.
Take time away
Sometimes all you need to rest and recharge your mind is to take a bit of time away from things. Spend an evening with no technology, ready one of your favourite books or a comic series with a big hot cuppa tea next to you. Spend an evening with loved ones, playing bored games or cooking a big meal together. Do something that gets your brain working in a creative way without staring at a screen. Then again, there’s sometimes nothing better than curling up with a big blanket and a bucket of popcorn and watching your favourite movie or binge watching your favourite TV show. The important thing is that you take time for yourself.
Have a You Day
Sometimes, a few quiet evenings is not enough and sometimes it can feel hard to find any quiet you time, especially if you live with other people. Which is when your holiday days at work are a dream: Book a day off and spend the whole day just doing what you enjoy. Visit art galleries, volunteer for an animal shelter so you can cuddle puppies all day, take yourself out for lunch and people watch. Sometimes it can be nice just to catch up on chores, such as that laundry that’s been slowly piling up in the basket or the kitchen floor that could really do with a wash instead of the usual sweep. Take a day to just do whatever it is you want to do and not have to worry about other peoples plans or how to fit it all in around your job.
Talk to someone
It may seem silly but sometimes just ranting about the crap in your life can be a great relief. Meet a friend for coffee or take a long lunch with a work colleague and just have a nice old vent about whatever it is that’s bothering you. No matter how small the issue may seem it’s amazing how talking about it can take a huge weight off of your shoulders. You will feel ten times better just by expressing your stresses rather than carrying them around in your head all day. No one to talk to at the moment? Write it down and start journalling. Once it written down you have no need to revisit it and can move on with what’s important.
Write that novel you’ve always thought about writing. Grow your own little herb garden in your kitchen. Learn how to sew and knit your own clothes or how to recycle old items that you love. Doing something that takes a bit of patience can do wonders for your mental health, as you have a literal record of how you are progressing and growing as an individual. Even if it’s something small like making origami animals or spending the day in your local park with your camera, do something creative that isn’t necessarily a group activity so that you can have just that little bit of down time to focus on what you enjoy.