How To Look After Your Mental Health Daily

As we get older and move less (come on we all know we do it!) we are constantly reminded to keep active, go for a walk, and hit 10,000 steps a day but we are reminded less about keeping our mental health in check. Just like our physical health, mental health is something we should be thinking about and investing in on a daily basis. Too often we don’t take appropriate care of our mental health until we are struggling, feeling low, anxious or stressed, by which time the feelings are overwhelming.

Staying on top of our mental wellbeing is not only good for us now but also helps us to deal with and manage difficult times. Each of us will go through something that can cause our mental health to take a hit in different ways. For instance, soldiers who have been in war can go through traumatic experiences that leave them with disorders such as PTSD. There is support that they can reach out to, for example, the Stone Rose Law aid here, however, not everyone will have this type of help, causing them to put their mental health aside which can build up over time resulting in more negative feelings that is hard for them to address.

How To Look After Your Mental Health Daily

There are lots of things we can do to look after our mental health and wellbeing on a daily basis, the small things really do make the biggest difference. Here are 6 top tips to help you look after your mental health.

6 Ways To Look After Your Mental Health Daily

1. Write Things Down

Journaling is a great way look after your mental health by clearing your mind, gathering your thoughts and feeling grateful for the day you have had.  Not every day is good but there is good in every day and for me writing those 3 good things down in my Daily Goal Setter really helps me to feel positive. If you don’t really like writing, you can doodle, paint or collage anything creative that helps you process the day.

2. Eat And Drink Well

A well-balanced diet helps us to think clearer and to be more alert, as well as improve our concentration and attention span. The more of the good stuff we put into our bodies the better we start to feel, eating a rainbow coloured diet is key. Try to reduce your consumption of alcohol, refined sugars, caffeine and processed meats, instead opting for fresh fish, which is high in omega 3 which is shown to reduce depression, and boost learning and memory, fresh fruit and vegetables and complex carbohydrates which provide the brain with glucose but over a slower period over time.

3. Sleep Well

Our mental health and sleep can be interlinked, poor mental health can affect how well we sleep, and poor sleep can have a negative impact on our mental health. Starting and maintaining a good sleep routine helps to prepare our minds and bodies for sleep. Sleep is vital for fighting illness, repairing and replenishing our bodies and minds, sleep also helps to boost memory and keeps us alert.
bedtime routine

4. Keep Active

How exercise can influence mental health is really important. When we are feeling down, being active is the last thing on our minds however physical activity is proven to “make us feel good”. Exercise, even just walking, releases feel-good hormones into our bodies and mind, getting outside exposes us to sunlight and vitamin D and walking is something which you can do with friends.  It doesn’t have to be hours and hours, just 15/30 minutes of light exercise every day.  Keeping active is good for weight loss too.

5. Fill Your Own Cup

It’s easy for me to get really busy and consumed by all the many, many things I have to do on a daily basis from running my business and home, parenting, taxi driving and part-time chef too, that I forget to take time for myself.  But here are a few things I like to do at the weekend to calm my mind and nourish my soul;

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Reading
  • Puzzles or Lego building with the children
  • Long Walks
  • Baking
  • Running
  • Binging crime dramas (OK so I don’t just save that for the weekend!)
  • Beauty Regime, I’m quite low maintenance but I do love treating myself to a great but affordable lash serum, teeth whitening strips and a face mask, both for the chill-out factor as well as looking and feeling my best .

Mindful activities such as puzzles, colouring, arts and crafts that require repetition, aid in calming and quieting the mind acting like meditation for the brain by bringing our focus and awareness toward the present activity.

6. Ask For Help

Talking to people really helps, if you don’t have a network around you to guide and support you or need more then ask for help. The strongest thing you can do is admit that you can’t cope by yourself and seek people out who can help you. There are a plethora of mental health services available including face-to-faceWhy You Should Invest in a Standing Desk, online or telephone counselling, something to suit everyone’s needs.

Taking care of your own wellbeing and mental health isn’t an afterthought it’s a necessity.

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  1. February 17, 2022 / 1:46 pm

    Thank you, this had made me think more about my daily routine. I do write my food and drink down, but haven’t considered jotting my thoughts and feelings alongside this. And, I definitely don’t have a consistent bedtime routine.

  2. February 17, 2022 / 1:52 pm

    This advice is on point! All of these things make a difference to me and I can definitely notice when I don’t make time to prioritise these things for myself that my well-being would suffer
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  3. Anne Fraser
    February 17, 2022 / 3:29 pm

    As a retired psychiatric nurse, I would agree that mental health should be taken as seriously as physical health and spoken about as openly. I think we have all been under a lot of stress during the last two years and that it will take time to unwind.
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  4. Lauren Fields
    February 17, 2022 / 3:42 pm

    It’s so easy to let your own mental health slip when you’re busy looking after everyone else! I always notice such a difference in my emotions when I’ve made an effort to do something for myself.

  5. February 17, 2022 / 10:10 pm

    These are great tips! I asked for a fitbit for Christmas so I could do better with my activity monitoring and the hourly reminders to move and get steps in are brilliant. I really do feel so much better for it.

  6. February 18, 2022 / 12:22 pm

    Some great advice – this is especially important as we make our way (hopefully) out of the pandemic.

  7. Julia Cantwell-Doughty
    February 18, 2022 / 1:33 pm

    Mental health and wellbeing is so important thanks for reminding us

  8. February 20, 2022 / 10:17 am

    I have to stay active, if I sit around and am lazy I find it really affects my mood. It’s like I have to be productive and I have to get those endorphins moving. Great tips here!

  9. June 2, 2022 / 11:09 am

    Such good suggestions! By the way, I see you mentioned exercise. I especially recommend swimming. In addition to health benefits, It has also been shown to improve memory, cognitive function, immune response, and, of course, mood.