Some may say I’ve been on a bit of a mental health kick here on my blog as of late, but, quite honestly, that’s absolutely fine with me. Mental health is a topic that requires discussion and exploration, and what better way to spread awareness to reduce the stigma surrounding it than by making a conversation out of it.
I thought it would be beneficial to share some of the strategies and tricks I make use of when it comes to maintaining my own mental health. These work for me, however, they may not work for everyone. If you think you need to speak with someone about your mental health, consult your family physician or speak with a counsellor/expert to ensure you’re approaching the concept in the most efficient and progressive way possible.
- Get away. If I find myself feeling completely overwhelmed with something going on in my life, I have learned that the best thing for me to do is to take a bit of a break from it. Most times, by taking a step back, I am able to gain a better understanding of the situation itself and determine the best way to move forward.
- TLC. Taking care of ourselves is, unfortunately, something that is often neglected due to daily responsibilities and stressors. Be sure to invest in your own health, mentally and physically, to be the best version of yourself possible. Have a work/life balance. Pick up a hobby. Try something you’ve always wanted to experience. Big or small, efforts to give ourselves a little TLC goes a long way.
- Talk to someone. This can be incredibly difficult at times, but confiding in someone else can be one of the most effective things you do for yourself when it comes to preserving your mental health. Find someone you trust, open up to them, and hear their advice, if they have any to offer.
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