Mental health is intimately tied to a sense of well-being within ourselves and in the world. Here are 10 ways you can support your mental and emotional health:
Do regular self check-ins.
A minimum of 1-3x daily, pause to ask yourself how you’re doing and what you need (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually). Make or plan time to take care of any needs that you notice.
One of the most difficult things we can face in a day is our own desire to be or feel something other than we are. Allow what is present for you to be present, and validate your own experience. This is an amazing and powerful gift to give yourself.
Say no when you need to.
Boundaries: set them. Take care of you by declining when you need to.
“Boundaries are the distance at which I can love you and me simultaneously,”
- Prentis Hemphill
Say yes when you want to.
Make time for things you enjoy and prioritize them! We all have responsibilities to juggle, but a good balance of passion and play is critical for mental and emotional wellbeing.
Move your body.
Take a walk on your break at work or between classes, have an impromptu dance party in your living room, hit the gym, do yoga or zumba… the possibilities are endless so choose what speaks to you on any given day. Being connected with your body is grounding and a great way to feel into your vitality.
In the fast-paced culture we live in, mindful stillness is rare - but it is in the moments when we quiet the outer noise that we are able to hear our inner wisdom. Take time regularly to visit with yourself in stillness, actively attending to your inner experience.
Connect with nature.
As human beings we are intimately connected with nature, and spending time outdoors helps us tap into this peaceful essence within ourselves. Sit under a large tree or walk barefoot in the grass for grounding, sit by the water or go for a swim to connect with your creativity and ability to flow, let the sunshine warm your soul and feed your growth.
Find your breath.
In yoga, the breath is called prana, or ‘life force energy.’ Take a few moments to feel your breath, your life force, within you. Allow the breath to anchor your attention in the present moment and breathe deeply to invite more of life in.
Humans are creative beings. We are beautifully unique and thrive in the expression of our uniqueness. Some forms of expression can include speaking, dancing, writing, singing, music, construction, entrepreneurship, and connection… but expression can take as many unique forms as there are individuals, so know that there is no right or wrong here. Expression is simply sharing from your heart into the world in a way that is meaningful for you.
Take your inner child out for a play date.
We’re all still taking care of the child within. Take time to connect with him/her/them and see what they want to do for an afternoon! Our child selves often have the ability to connect us with the passions we still hold as adults, and remind us of the importance of play and spontaneity.