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Seven Ways to Care for Your Mental Health

In
this two-minute read, we look at ways people in London can make their
mental health a priority during uncertain times.

As we head towards what
could be a very different Christmas this year, there are many positive things
you can do to keep your spirits up and nurture your mental wellbeing.

Try following these
tips to get through the next two months.

Be
kind to yourself

2020 has been
challenging. It’s understandable if you feel frazzled or fed up. Please don’t
beat yourself up about it and don’t pretend you’re invincible.

Have
a routine

Many mental health
experts say following a daily routine is useful if you’re feeling anxious or
depressed. Set your alarm for the same time every day, get up, shower and get
dressed. These habits will provide a good structure and prevent days merging
into weeks.

Try
something new

While it’s important
to have structure, it’s also crucial that you don’t fall into a rut. Set aside
time each day to try something new. Learn a language or instrument or take an
online course on a subject that piques your interest. Set yourself small,
achievable goals – you don’t have to master the bassoon in a fortnight – and
take pleasure in broadening your skills.

Recognise
positive and negative influences

Does your mood
plummet after watching the news? Do you feel rage after scrolling through
Twitter or anxiety after a heavy night on the booze? Learn to recognise – and
avoid – negative influences. Also, take note of what makes you feel good, be it
yoga, baking or YouTube videos of skateboarding dogs. Indulge in what brings
you joy.

Step
away from the screen

Spend time each day
outdoors doing something you enjoy. Walk, run, cycle or scoot – if it is
outdoor physical activity, it’s a good thing. Exercise generates feelgood
chemicals called endorphins and helps you sleep. Consider exercising at
lunchtime, instead of after work, to make the most of the daylight. If it’s
dark, you’re more likely to find an excuse not to do it.

Make
time to talk to friends

Stay connected with
loved ones. If you're not a fan of Zoom, then drop them a short text message to
see if they’re okay or send a surprise postcard, letter or gift. These small
spontaneous gestures will be appreciated (and perhaps reciprocated). If someone
is feeling lonely or down, your thoughtfulness could make their day.

Mindfulness

Stay “in the
moment”. Focus on the here and now and don’t let your mind run away with
thoughts about what may or may not happen in the future. Don’t focus on things
that are out of your control. Concentrate on the things you can do and do them
well.

Here
at Holland Properties, we understand how important it is to talk about
mental health. If you're struggling, remember you’re not alone.

If
you need to seek help contact the
Samaritansin
the UK on 116 123 or email
jo@samaritans.org.

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