Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, but sometimes we forget to focus on it. We all lead busy lives but we can still practice simple mental health activities that can help us feel refreshed, less anxious, and ready to take on the world.
The grounding technique helps us to focus on the here and now, instead of what is causing us stress or anxiety. Grounding can be done in many ways, but my favorite way to practice grounding is to use the 5 senses.
Think about (or name out loud)
- Five things you can see
- Four things you can touch
- Three things you can hear
- Two things you can smell (or two smells you like)
- One thing you can taste (or one thing you like about yourself)
Expressing gratitude can make you happier and more appreciative of the small things in life. Practicing gratitude doesn’t have to mean writing in a gratitude journal (though that is something that I do!). You can practice gratitude by thanking someone who helps you, starting your day or ending your day by saying one or two things that you are grateful for, or write a post-it note about something you’re grateful for and stick it to a place where you can see it.
Make Note of Your Accomplishments
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can get so bogged down in negativity that I forget all of the things that I’ve accomplished. Write down all of your accomplishments and wins (even the small ones) and hang them up so you can see them or carry the list in your pocket or cell phone.
Reach Out For Support
If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, one activity that you can do to improve your mental health is to reach out for support. Reaching out for support can be as simple as calling or texting a friend or family member or taking a bigger step and trying counseling.
Have a Laugh
One of my favorite ways to improve my mental health is to laugh. Take a few minutes to think about what makes you laugh. For me, playing with my cat, talking to my family, or watching funny videos on YouTube always does the trick. If you’re looking for a great channel for laughs, I would recommend The Try Guys, especially their video about baking pies without a recipe. You’ll thank me later 😉
Take a Social Media Break
Sometimes social media can get us down. We feel like we have to compete with others around us and have the best selfies, best vacation photos, and the best relationship. Remember, most people only post the highlights of their lives on social media. They don’t post when their dog pooped on their carpet, when they didn’t get that promotion they wanted, or when they didn’t get to go on that date they were so excited for. When was the last time you took a break from social media and focused on your life, instead of what others are doing? Try taking a break for a day or two and see how you feel.
I hope these simple activities help you in your quest to improve your mental health. Which one is your favorite or do you have another one that you would add? Let me know!
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