Do you like being alone?
Did you know that it has benefits to your mental health?
You’re probably aware that mental health is important, and in this article, you will read about some advice on what to do to nurture it.
Everyone deserves to have a break. To have fun, relax, and reflect every day (yes!) and not be guilty about it.
Read more about the 5 best mental health advice you should hear.
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1. Work and school breaks are valid.
Do you often struggle with concentration, grogginess, or strained eyesight?
If so, then you really need a break.
A lot of times, people work continuously and forget to listen to their bodies.
They focus on completing a task and wonder why they’re having such a hard time finishing it.
According to the Indeed Editorial Team, taking breaks while working remotely is essential to productivity.
It can improve your energy, motivation, and renew your focus!
Take breaks when you’re feeling tired, distracted, and hungry. Do things that entertain you and don’t remind you of work.
Eat, play games, read novels – live the good life. The balanced life.
You will be even more productive when your body is in the right condition.
It’s also important to not feel guilty while doing so.
You work hard, and your body deserves its well-earned rest.
2. Practice having a Me-Time every day.
Whether it’s an hour, a minute, or a moment, try to squeeze it in.
Your Me-Time is a period of relaxation and reflection.
Your body goes through a lot of tension every single day, and just like cars, it needs tuning, too.
Harmonize with yourself. Resonate with how you’re feeling.
How has your energy been today?
Do you have aches and cramps from different places?
Are your feet sore?
Does your back hurt?
Are you more emotional than usual?
This constant act of listening to yourself can help unwind, refocus, and practice a better work-life balance (Buck, n.d.).
The better you are at practicing this, the more you can regulate your emotions and take care of your body when it needs to be cared for.
It’s all about you, baby! – McFly
3. Take your time to address what has been bothering you.
How do you respond when you have a problem?
Do you keep it in, rant to others, or find yourself placing the blame on someone?
When you face an issue, it is essential to learn how to communicate it in a healthy manner.
First, acknowledge that you are facing this problem.
How does it make you feel?
Try not to do anything just yet. Learn where the conflict is coming from, and how you’re dealing with it at this moment.
If you really want to let it out, then drawing, journaling, or talking to someone you really trust may help.
Next, try not to put the blame on somebody else.
Instead, converse with them respectfully by telling them how you felt about what they did.
You can also try recommending what they could do to make things better next time.
“I feel like my priorities aren’t being respected when our long-awaited plans get canceled at the last minute.”
“Would it be alright if you please let me know about things a few days beforehand?”
It’s crucial not to make them feel forced to do something.
You are letting out what you feel so that you can both learn from certain actions and their outcomes.
It’s always good to wait until you’re ready before dealing with what is bothering you.
Remember that these things will be resolved over time, and by dealing with them in a good way, you are helping yourself, too.
4. It’s good to be alone and not lonely.
Being alone and lonely are two very different things.
Being alone means being happy by voluntarily being alone.
It means taking yourself out on a date, camping alone, and doing things without feeling the need to be with someone else.
According to Kendra Cherry, being alone can improve your memory, creativity, and independence.
Try to schedule your alone time and enjoy it.
It helps to stay away from distractions and focus on new experiences.
Be one with nature, and understand what it truly means to be with yourself.
When you value your own presence, you won’t need others to do it for you.
Instead, you will see them and treasure them for what they are.
5. Trust the process.
Do you know how much you’ve grown as a person?
You may not notice it, but you are becoming better. Developing continuously.
You probably have parts of yourself that aren’t the same as a year ago.
And you also probably don’t handle things the same way you did five years ago as well.
And that’s because of all the effort and patience you’ve given.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an artist, a singer, or someone who likes to work out.
Everyone understands how important it is to trust the process.
It’s a statement that’s so easily said, but so hardly followed.
When you trust the process, you’re signing yourself up for consistency.
You’re devoting time to your craft, and putting in all the work to become someone better than yesterday.
At times, frustration may take hold. You could feel like you’re at a standstill. That no matter what you do, nothing changes or improves.
But it is.
You are better.
And you are capable of the things you want to do.
So don’t remember to keep at it because you’re doing great.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
What mental health advice would you give to others?
Do you feel like we missed something on this list?
Mental health is not a stagnant thing. It is versatile and can change throughout the course of your experiences.
There will be good days and bad days.
What’s important is to know that you can always bounce back and there will be people to help you every step of the way.
We appreciate hearing from you, so please don’t hesitate to share your stories down below.
If you know someone who can resonate with this, you can always go ahead and share it with them.
Thank you so much for reading! Until next time.
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