October 10th was World Mental Health Day.
De-cluttering you mind is important. Your mind is a part of your physical self. When your mind is not in the right place, nothing else is. The world can feel like a huge weight on your shoulders that gets heavier.
Mental health problems can go under the radar for years before sneaking their nasty head out. They can also be caused my bullying, negativity and hormonal imbalances. There are also many other factors. Now, I am not a licensed professional by all means. I am just speaking through my experiences in life and how I’ve coped with them so far.
These tips listed below are just guidelines on how I deal with being overwhelmed, depression and anxiety.
- Warm baths
Throw in some essential oils and bath salts and you got yourself the most relaxing night of your life. Letting the warm water seep into your skin as you decompress is the most amazing feeling. My favorite essential oil for my baths is Lavender. It is a soothing oil that helps me relax after stressful days.
I don’t do it often but mediation is great. There is a app called Headspace that provides guided mediation for the first couple days. They are short and help you build your way up to longer periods. It sends you notification on your phone to remind you to practice and encourages you along the way. I love this app for this reason.
- Cup of Favorite Tea
Currently loving the pumpkin spice chai from tazo. It screams fall with its warmth and spices. Tea has always been a relaxing drink to me. I typically have one while I am in the bath, to make the experience even better.
- Reading a book
This can help with turning your mind off for awhile and jumping into a new world. I recommend it be a lighthearted novel. Nothing to serious otherwise it can counteract your relaxing time.
- Cooking a Fabulous meal
Cooking has always been therapeutic in every way. Chopping the vegetables, boiling water even washing the dishes after is relaxing. (to me I know it’s not for everyone) It gives me time to think about my day and let go of all the worries that I carried home.
- Listening to Music
My favorite station on google play music is currently New Age Spa Day. I think I’ve listened to the songs a thousand times but it doesn’t matter. Music has always been an outlet I enjoyed. It has helped in more ways than any honestly.
- Unplug from everything.
With a constant connection to the internet, it can be hard to unplug. I still find it hard to stay away for a long period of time. I survive though. Enjoy time with family. Take a walk around your favorite park. You will be surprised to see that the internet is still there when you get back.
I have grown to love coloring as a way to de-stress and relax. My perfectionist self still has issues when I accidentally color outside the lines but I have learned to accept my faults. No one is prefect and that is okay. Coloring helps me focus and not dwell on things.
- Talking it out
This is a huge one. Talking about your feelings with someone you trust can make all the difference in the world. Make sure to establish a safe space with that person so you can return with other issues you face. It can be hard to open up with people at first but in the long run the world can feel lighter in the end.
This post maybe a day late but all these tips can help tremendously with stress. Always remember that you come before anyone else. You are the most important person in the world to you. As much as helping others can be a blast, if you aren’t helping yourself every so often you will end up burned out. It you are having any problems that you can’t solve yourself, talk to someone you trust. You are loved by someone. You may not think you are but you are wrong in that aspect. There are people out there that care about it. It may seem dark at the moment but it does get better. Never feel guilty about taking time for yourself. You recharge your batteries in peace. Take as much time as you need. It can make all the difference in the future.
Thanks for reading and you are loved!❤