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 STEPS TO BE BETTER AT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

 STEPS TO BE BETTER AT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Tips For A BetterYou The world can be a stressful place. In our everyday lives, we have to contendwith pressure from school, work, or even friends and family. It’s not uncommon to feel like we’re beingpulled in a million different directions - and over time, the stresses of everyday life beginto wear on us. Sooner or later, this can have a negativeeffect. We can see our work start to slip; maybe ourfriends or family feel we are becoming more distant.

Or perhaps we start feeling over-tired andsick. The good news is that there is a solution:it’s self care. This is a powerful process with far-reachingpositive effects. Research has shown that those who focus onself-care are found to be more in touch with their creative and productive side, meaningbetter decision-making skills and an overall boost in confidence.

As a result, they communicate more effectivelyand build stronger relationships. In this video, we’ve compiled some simpleand practical self care tips you can start practicing today!

Step Number 1 - 


Stop Hitting The Snooze Button Getting up early can be tough. That’s why a lot of people try and easetheir way out of sleep, by using the snooze button on their alarm clocks to grab an extra5 minutes of sleep. The reality however, is that using the snoozebutton actually makes you more tired.

 You’re not able to settle into a propersleep pattern before your alarm needs to be snoozed again, and this creates a restless,incomplete pattern at the start of your day, making you feel overtired. Experts in the field of sleep agree that thebest solution is to set your alarm for the time that you know you need to be up for. And while this seems harsh at first, it willset up a solid sleep schedule that your body can adapt to, leading you to feel more restedand refreshed overall.

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Learn To Anticipate Problems BeforeThey Arise Starting your morning with a negative experiencecan cast a shadow over the day, leaving you to focus on negative feelings. But this can be avoided.

Take a minute at the beginning of your dayto look ahead for potential stress points. Are you pushing off some work or other commitmentsbecause they seem like too much trouble - making your schedule jam-packed? Maybe you’re skipping breakfast to get towork on time - leaving you playing catch-up on your lunch break. Put some time aside, be realistic and planout your schedule. There’s plenty of stresses in everyday life,but with proper planning, you can at least minimize them.

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Ask Yourself What You Need This tip is simple, but many people strugglewith it. You need to focus on your needs - the realitythat looking after yourself is important. The best way to hold yourself to this, isto make things simple. Experts recommend using the effective acronym‘HALT’ as a reminder to check if you are: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.

If you try and ignore your needs - whetherthey are physical or emotional - you’re just setting yourself up for a fallout ofnegativity. The solution is to truly put time and effortinto listening to what you need to better care for yourself.

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 Become Emotionally Aware Emotional intelligence is a crucial and oftenoverlooked skill, but it is deeply important to our development. Getting in touch with your emotions and learningto express them fluently will strengthen your bonds with others. A better understanding of your own emotionswill help you better relate to another person’s emotional state, helping you be a better friend. Focusing on your emotional intelligence willalso help you through trying times; while strengthened empathy will allow you a deeperunderstanding of others, solidifying and reinforcing your relationships.

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 Spend Some Time Alone An important aspect of self-care is takinga solid amount of time out of your day or week to do whatever you want - whether it’sa bit of self-reflection, reading a good book, or watching that show you’ve been meaningto catch up on. Believe it or not, even your trip to workcan be a space for ‘Me’ time. Why not listen to an audiobook or podcast? Or just enjoy the sounds of the city. When you relax, your body actually has theability to lower cortisol and adrenaline, as well as increase serotonin and dopamineproduction - meaning that you’ll go from feeling stressed to relaxed, and even happy.

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 Seek Out Happy People Have you ever had the experience of seeingsomeone laugh, and you felt their laughter was almost contagious? This is because human’s emotions are directlyinfluenced by the people they are around. You can literally ‘absorb’ emotions fromothers, so of course, the best choice is to try and be close to people with positive andhappy ‘vibes’. It may not be possible to always be closeto happy people, but even being near positive people will help you feel better as you goabout your day. The best thing about absorbing someone’shappy attitude is that you can even pass it on to another person, so it’s a win-win!

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 Cook At Home It’s easy to default to food that is quickto prepare, over what is nutritionally sound - especially after a particularly hard day. But the time saved by cutting corners on the‘easy’ meals, takes a toll. You’re left with lacklustre meals that don’ttruly satisfy your hunger or nourish your body. Try and set some time aside in the week tomake a healthy meal. You can even invite friends over to make ita more sociable night-in. If you’re worried about your cooking skills,the internet has countless tutorials to help you.

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Have A Power Nap I know… you probably think this sounds crazy- what’s a nap going to do on a hectic day? Well, it may just be the thing your body needs. A power nap can make all the difference, asyour body and mind get a chance to rest and bounce back from the days’ stress. An uninterrupted nap - as short as twentyminutes - is actually enough to recharge your batteries for the next few hours. And the best thing about it, is that it won’tdisrupt your usual sleep pattern.

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Get A Massage Contrary to what you may believe, a massageisn’t just for people at fancy resorts, or sports stars recovering from an injury! They are beneficial for a whole host of reasons- helping your body and mind relax as stress is released. Massages can even lower your blood pressure- making them an ideal choice if you’re dealing with anxiety or depression. And you won’t have to break the bank toget a massage. Check your local area for massage schoolsthat offer lower-priced choices, or check in with your community’s health fair. You can also look for tutorials on the internetand learn to give yourself a massage. Alternatively, you can invest in one of thoseself-massagers.

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 Get Moving Sometimes people can feel ‘frozen’ or‘disconnected’ when they’re dealing with high levels of stress, but by being active,you can shake yourself out of it and get back on track. Go for a bike ride, swim a few laps, or simplyhead out for a walk or a light jog. These cyclical and rhythmic movements willbring you back to the here and now, freeing you from being miles away in your mind - soyou can get yourself out of the slump, caused by stress.

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 Find Your Flow Everyone has something they love to do, somekind of skill or hobby that they could spend hours on and still enjoy. When you feel passionate about something,it engages you fully - keeping you focused, boosting your confidence and reassuring youof your own ability. It doesn’t even matter what your hobby is. Be it painting, writing, or even making origami- as long as it’s a hobby that genuinely engages you, and one that you truly enjoy.

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Get Away It’s OK to take a break - and you don’thave to wait until things get too stressful at home or in the workplace. In fact, it’s a much better idea to regularlyschedule some kind of ‘get away’. This way you’ll have something to look forwardto on tough days. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You can simply go to a neighbouring town,visit some of your family members, or have a campout with friends. What you’re trying to do is change thingsup. Break from the usual routine, and you mayjust be surprised at what you find.

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Ask For Help If you just keep adding more and more to yourplate, you will only end up making yourself feel overwhelmed. It’s OK to ask for help from those aroundyou - it’s not a sign of weakness. Maybe you’re not feeling up to hanging outwith your friends over the weekend, or maybe you need an extension from your boss. If you speak up and explain your positionclearly, you may be surprised at how understanding others are.

Looking after yourself is not selfish, it’snecessary. Only by bringing balance and understandingto all aspects of your life can you change for the better. Self-care isn’t a side project or somethingyou can just ‘catch-up’ on later. It’s a deeply important choice that is knownto affect every aspect of life - from personal to professional, from the mental to the physical. In solitude, you can reflect on the issuesyou may be facing, and figure out ways to navigate them. With others, you can feel free to relax andstep away from stress; nourishing your relationships and boosting your connections.



CONCLUSION


The more you can work self care into yourschedule, the better you’ll be able to grow and thrive. We want to know what you think? Share your thoughts and comments below! If you enjoyed this video, give it a thumbsup, and share it with your friends, so we can keep making them.

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