On October 10th, we observe World Mental Health Day. Started by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992, this global holiday aims to promote mental health awareness and end all stigma associated with speaking freely about one’s mental health. While the importance of mental health should be acknowledged every day, World Mental Health Day serves as an excellent reminder to continue to prioritize self-care and mental well-being.
We all know that taking care of ourselves is important, but it’s not always easy to make time for it. Between work, family, and social obligations, it can be tough to find time for ourselves.
But that’s where these ten simple solutions come in. With just a little bit of effort, you can make self-care a priority and start taking better care of yourself.
1. Journal – Taking time to sit down and list the things you are grateful for each day teaches us to always appreciate the little things in life.
2. Meditate – Set aside time each week to relax and rejuvenate.
3. Get moving – Exercise is a great way to de-stress and boost your mood.
4. Eat healthy foods that nourish your body and mind.
5. Connect with loved ones – Spending time with those we care about recharges us.
6. Declutter – Your environment should serve as a relaxing retreat from the rest of the world. Taking time to organize your space can serve to put your mind at ease.
7. Unplug – In this day and age, it can be difficult to tear ourselves away from our devices. Try to disconnect each day, even if it’s just for an hour.
8. Take a walk – Spending time in nature has calming effects and allows you to mentally get space from your stressors.
9. Give back – It feels good to do good! Try volunteering at a local charity, find old clothes to donate, or help at a homeless shelter.
10. Don’t forget to breathe – As simple as it seems, breathing is an often overlooked act of self-care. Intentional breathing allows the body to regulate stress and aids in mental focus.
Making time for ourselves isn’t just nice – it’s necessary. We hope you were able to find inspiration from any of our self-care activities listed above!
“Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.” – Andre Gide