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5 Best Tips You Can Do To Practice Self-Care

Keep the endorphins, serotonin & dopamine high!

POSTEDBYELIZABETH BEECROFT

When it comes to mental health and the constant fluctuation between “good” mental health days versus “bad” mental health days it might seem like life is a rollercoaster. For those who suffer with mental illness, we are all too familiar with the ups and downs we constantly face. Some days we feel like we are at the top, feeling happy and ready to face whatever comes our way. Other days we might feel like we’re transcending downward to the bottom where we can barely get ourselves out of bed, or be productive in any way shape or form.

Managing our mental health is difficult and can be unpredictable at times too. Being able to get the most out of our good mental health days goes hand in hand with how we prepare ourselves for the bad days.  Practicing mental wellness during the days we are feeling happy will likely help prolong that feeling as well as prepare us for the inevitable bad mental health days that are ahead. Here are some things you can do to practice self-care, keep the endorphins, serotonin & dopamine high, and help make the decent to bad mental health days feel like less of a drag.

1. Exercise

Take advantage of these good feelings and hit the gym, go for a walk, or do something active. It’s scientifically proven that when you are active, the endorphins that are released help boost your self-esteem, improve your concentration, improves sleep, and helps you look and feel better. Boosting the chemicals in your brain that help you to feel more upbeat will help prolong your good mental health days.

2. Eat Well

On these good mental health days take the time to learn a new recipe or try out a new healthy restaurant. Eating well and nourishing your body with the nutrients it needs will make you feel less sluggish, more energized, and provides your brain with the fuel to function well. Avoid eating junk food and drinking alcohol as this may make you feel good for a moment, but the comedown can actually trigger negative feelings.

3. Create A Routine For Yourself (Or A To-Do List!)

Use this energy you have from feeling motivated to create a routine of doing tasks at certain times on certain days. Doing this will actually make your life more organized and productive as well as make the bad mental health days easier since this routine has been formed. When you do this you create structure for yourself.  For example, if you practice waking up at the same time each day, your body will most likely adjust to this and it will be easier to get out of bed on the days you’re feeling down.

4. Surround Yourself With Good People

Eliminate toxic relationships from your life and surround yourself with people who make you feel supported and positive. If this is an area you are struggling in, look into activities or hobbies where you can meet other people who share similar interests and form healthy relationships.  Take advantage of the good mental health days to put yourself out there whether it be hanging out with old friends or new, as long as you are setting appropriate boundaries and associating with positive energy, your mental health will thank you for it.

5. Personal Self-Care

Treat yo self. When you’re feeling like you have energy and are being productive take some time to for yourself. If you’re a beauty junkie, pick up some sheet masks and get that glow. Pick up some nail polish and paint your nails, or go get a mani/pedi. You also don’t have to spend money to indulge in your mental health. Something as simple as taking time to mediate or creating a playlist of songs you like to dance to and having your own dance party also does the trick!

Spending time practicing positive mental health routines is a crucial part to improving our overall wellbeing. One thing to always keep in mind is that healing is not linear.  Bad days are bound to happen, but by using some of these tips above regularly, we can help prolong the good days. Lastly, always remember that it’s okay to not be okay.  Some days will be harder than others but never give up, you got this!

 

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