5 Mental Health Tips to Practise on World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day, celebrated on October 10th each year, is a poignant reminder of the importance of nurturing our emotional well-being. It's a day to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage positive mental health practices.
Often in our chaotic and stressful lives, we tend to prioritise our physical wellbeing over our mental wellbeing. But as science has proven, the two work operate better when working in conjunction with one another. Dr. James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine once stated that “the brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another”
Start a new habit on mental health day, and start checking in with yourself. To get you started, here are five essential tips to help you prioritise your mental health:
Have you ever heard of the phrase “you are what you eat”? Well, the same can be said for your thoughts. You should speak to yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you'd offer to a dear friend. Self-compassion involves acknowledging your imperfections without judgement. Practice self-talk that is gentle and supportive, be mindful of the language you use when assessing yourself and remember that it's okay not to be okay sometimes. Celebrate your small victories, and don't be too hard on yourself during challenging times.
Human connection is fundamental to our mental well-being. Reach out to loved ones, friends, support groups or consider joining a club or starting a new hobby. Share your thoughts and feelings openly and honestly, and don't hesitate to lean on others when needed. Building a strong support network can provide comfort during difficult moments and remind you that you're not alone in your struggles.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Incorporating mindfulness practices into your daily routine can significantly improve your mental health. Mindfulness involves being present in the moment without judgement. Try meditating for a few minutes each day, focusing on your breath or simply observing your surroundings. This practice can reduce stress, and anxiety, and improve overall emotional balance.
Exercise is a powerful tool for enhancing mental health. Physical activity releases endorphins, which are natural mood elevators. Find an activity you enjoy, whether it's jogging, dancing, yoga, or simply taking a leisurely stroll. Regular exercise not only boosts your mood but also improves sleep and reduces stress.
Limit Screen Time and Practice Digital Detox
In today's hyper-connected world, it's crucial to set boundaries with technology. Excessive screen time, especially on social media, can contribute to feelings of inadequacy and anxiety. Consider implementing a "digital detox" by reducing your screen time, turning off notifications, and setting specific times for checking your devices. Use this extra time to engage in face-to-face interactions or pursue hobbies that bring you joy.
If you choose to begin your wellbeing journey and participate in World Mental Health Day, remember that prioritising your mental well-being is an ongoing journey. These five tips are a starting point, but feel free to explore other strategies that work best for you. Seek professional help if needed, as mental health is just as important as physical health. You can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 if you think you need to speak to someone urgently.
By practising self-compassion, staying connected, embracing mindfulness, engaging in physical activity, and managing your screen time, you can make a positive impact on your mental health. Start today, to make every day an opportunity to prioritise your well-being and let World Mental Health Day serve as a reminder to take proactive steps towards a happier, healthier, and more resilient you.