Today we’re talking mental health (because you can’t be productive with a foggy mindset). And also it’s #BellLetsTalk day – a great initiative to end the stigma around mental health.
Keep reading for advice on how-to find time for yourself, tips on mindfulness, and the steps to create your very own self-care survival kit.
Finding your own time
We are all busy. No matter the situation it seems like we don’t have enough minutes in the day to do everything that we want, and this is a source of stress for many. If you are like me, you forget to take time out of your day to reflect, relax, and just breathe. But I’m here to tell you it’s not that hard.
First, I suggest fitting things into your day that genuinely make you happy. The key here is to make a conscious effort to sub out 10-30 minutes of your day and give yourself downtime and reflection. If you like meditation, sit quietly. If you like watching cat videos, go for it! Just do it in a place that makes you feel comfortable and secure.
Another way to find your own time is to listen to music. Just plug in and escape. In the security of your headphones no one can hurt you. Blast your favorite track and let the rhythm take you over, bilamos Enrique Iglesias joke.
What is mindfulness you ask? Yourmentalhealth.ie suggests that mindfulness is simply paying attention to whatever is happening in the present moment and experiencing it without judgement and, if possible, with kindness.
2018 definition: staying woke.
When I practice being mindful, I find myself constantly looking inward at myself, and trying to position my place in the world. I understand what I can offer others, and how my current state fits into a bigger picture.
Now, I am not saying this is the #1 best way to take control of your mental health, but it’s a damn good start. Practicing mindfulness helps bring you into the present, and each moment as you’re living it. It helps you to truly focus on what’s happening right at that moment and it’s a great tool to have on your ‘adult-ing journey’.
“Sometimes, life will kick you around, but sooner or later, you realize you’re not just a survivor. You’re a warrior, and you’re stronger than anything life throws your way.”- Brooke Davis
Self-Care Survival Kit
You prepare for physical emergencies with a first-aid kit, why not prepare for emotional emergencies too! A self-care kit is very easy to make. It allows you to prepare yourself and have tools available in a time of crisis or when you’re feeling overwhelmed. My kit may not look exactly like yours but here are some ideas for your self-care kit:
- Adult Coloring Books and Colored Pencils – very trendy and an alternative to meditation
- Bubble bath and Epsom Salts – relax naturally in a soothing bath
- Scented Candles – relieve stress through smell, or simply watch the flickering flame
- Mints – help with nausea or anxiety
- Affirmations – read some of your favorite encouragements
- Stress Ball – keep your hands busy
- Handwritten Note from a Loved One – to remind you that you are not alone
Thanks for Reading this Urban Guide. I am not a mental-health professional. If you need to speak with someone call the Mental Health Hotline at 1-866-531-2600.