Looking After Yourself
There are lots of things that can make you can do to look after your emotional health, from just hanging out with friends to taking up a new hobby.
Here are 5 top tips:
1. Be kind to yourself
Instead of vowing that you will never eat chocolate EVER again for the whole year, how about doing the absolute opposite, and going especially out of your way to treat yourself this year? Regularly doing things that you enjoy will revitalise you. Instead, treat yourself, have that slice of cake, because why not? You deserve it, and even better when shared over a coffee with a friend. Book an appointment at the hairdressers, read that book you have been longing to read or indulge in a relaxing bubble bath.
2. Commit to doing something you’re good at
Ask yourself, what brings my life happiness? Singing out loud, playing an instrument, dancing, baking, gardening? Doing something which you enjoy and can achieve, will boost your self-esteem and self confidence.
3. Take 5!
Make sure that you are not powering through every day without taking a moment to pause and reflect. Whether it’s taking a five minute break in your day for a bit of mindfulness colouring, sipping coffee and watching the world go by, counting the stars or taking out a few hours or an entire weekend to explore somewhere new, having a change of scenery and taking a step back, can really give a sense of direction and perspective.
4. Talk about your feelings
Talking freely about your emotions can help you stay in good mental health and cope emotionally in the face of difficulties. Talking to others is an important step in taking charge of your wellbeing – making a small commitment to talk will help you keep mentally healthy.
5. Keep in touch
Keeping in touch with relatives and friends is a great way to boost your wellbeing. Whether it’s going for coffee, writing a letter or sending out a simple text, staying in touch will strengthen relationships. Instead of the wishful “let’s keep in touch” message, suggest some get together dates and stick to them.