Each day is full of opportunities big and small to either harm or support our mental health. Here are a few ways you can give yourself an extra bit of self care.
Walk With Better Posture
Thankfully there’s an app for that! Lumo Lift is just one of many wearable technology and app devices that helps maintain better health. Research has found that walking with a slouch actually decreases your positivity and happiness in mood. Making a mindful effort to walk with better posture increases your feelings of self-esteem and confidence.
Get More Exercise
Mental health loves a good exercise routine. Twenty to thirty minutes is all the brain needs to get a boost of energy which helps mood, focus, confidence, and more. Some scientists will argue aerobic exercise versus cardio, and so forth. Whether it’s a dance party in your pajamas or a five mile run, just get moving.
Accomplish Small Goals
Anxiety usually leads to procrastination. Procrastination is a defeatist way of avoiding failure. Drop the defeatism and look towards victory. Set small goals every day that you can achieve. Can’t think of any? How about getting out of bed! Living with mental illness can make even the smallests tasks seem like monstrous feats. Set them as goals and watch yourself tackle them day after day. You’ll be encouraged to do more, despite what is going on with your mental health.
Spend Time Laughing
There is a rule often spoken about in recovery communities: don’t take yourself too seriously. Life with mental illness can be challenging but that does not mean it cannot be enjoyed. Do things you enjoy, watch movies that make you laugh, and find ways to get the best out of a day.
Take More Naps
20 minutes can boost your energy and focus. 90 minutes can help you be more creative, innovative, and productive. Not everyone can get a full night of deep sleep, which is about 6-8 hours. Taking a nap can be helpful. It doesn’t exactly help you “catch up” on missing sleep from the night before, according to science. However, it will help you feel better.
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