Lifestyle tips to improve your mental wellbeing
There are lots of things in life that have the power to improve your mental health – here are some top tips on what you can do to support your mental wellbeing.
The key to a positive outlook is control. Tell those intrusive pessimistic thoughts that there’s no home for them in your head. Instead of accepting something as a worry, try to look at it from a different angle. Convinced a big project at work is destined to go wrong? Replace that fear with a focus on your skills, and how you’re going to use them to make the project a success.
Feeling stressed or anxious? Take some time out
Stress and anxiety can be overwhelming; when you’re experiencing these feelings its important to stop what you’re doing, relax and recharge. Guided meditation is a super effective way to spend a small part of your day addressing and dealing with such emotions. The Mindful in Minutes meditation series available on Spotify offers weekly guided meditations that uplift your spirits, inspiring calmness and motivation.
Get a good night’s sleep with these techniques
Catching some z’s can make all the difference when you’re feeling down; it’s no secret that plenty of sleep produces productivity and an optimistic perspective. But “get a good night’s sleep” is easier said than done, especially when you’re not in a great mental state. Introduce methods for falling asleep into your bedtime routine if you struggle with snoozing. Try taking a warm bath to unwind or writing a to-do list for the next day to clear your mind. Listening to guided sleep meditation as you lie in bed can transport you to a place of tranquillity and serenity ideal for settling into a deep slumber – the scenic settings described in the Tracks to Relax series will make all your worries float away.
Discover a new hobby
Losing yourself in a passion, something that you love doing in your spare time, moulds a happy mind. Find an activity that floats your boat – whether it’s sailing or sculpting – and stick to it. Lockdown does mean that a lot of hobbies are off limits right now, but there are so many activities that you can do at home. Yoga, for example, a popular hobby that has numerous health benefits including stress management and improved sleep, can easily be learnt using virtual lessons. The Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel will teach you everything you need to know to become a yoga pro.
For those who would rather opt for something less physical, reading is both intellectually beneficial and enjoyable. There’s something for everyone out there. In the words of J. K. Rowling: “if you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book”. Don’t know where to begin? Get stuck in with a book about positive thinking, such as Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.
Learning something new will strengthen your self-esteem and sense of fulfilment, not to mention you might build some long-lasting friendships in the process!
Get mental health support today
We understand that sometimes a hobby or meditation just doesn’t cut it; please reach out to us if you’re struggling. Our expert advisors can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0808 802 1212 or using our online chat service. You can also explore our range of mental wellbeing self-help guides to find the advice you’re looking for. Your mental health matters to us.