May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as the days pass, I realize i need to spend a little more time honoring my own emotional state.
Everything is fine (everything is always fine), but a lot is spiraling in my world: from big things I can’t change, to little things I also can’t change. Sometimes, I have to take a breath and honor those feelings in order to work toward my best self.
Spend Time With Yourself
Spending time alone can be intimidating, but it’s also so critical. Still your mind. Free yourself from distractions. Give yourself space and opportunity to engage your thoughts. I find I am in a much better place after some quiet alone time.
Treat Yourself To Something Amazing
When you need to pay special attention to your mental health, do something to boost your mood. I did some silly things this month, like going to a Nicolas Cage movie with friends all in matching Nic Cage shirts. We also glammed up for a local Mom Prom, and danced all night. It was amazing how badly I needed those things, and how much they improved my outlook.
Adjust Your Lifestyle
When things aren’t working, it’s time to make changes. I find that adjusting my lifestyle can have a positive effect on my mood and mental health. Get more veggies and water. Add in some workouts. Cut back on alcohol or caffeine. Work on small, sustainable changes that you can maintain in order to improve your mood and wellbeing.
Tweak Your Sleep Habits
Good sleep is critical to mental health awareness. As an insomniac with anxiety, I can attest that sleep can make or break my emotional state. I do my best to set myself up for success at bedtime, to improve my chances of better days head. This involves turning in at a reasonable hour, giving up screens about 39 minutes before I head to bed, reading, and using my Cani-Sleep oral spray (use code RUNSWITHPUGS25 to save).
Go To Therapy
I know there’s still a huge stigma about going to therapy, but believe me when I say it’s awesome. Yes, it’s hard, and it takes work, but ii is also so freeing. You will never regret it.
How do you honor your mental health?
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