As we all know, prioritizing our mental health is so important. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and stressed when life gets busy or difficult, so making sure we’re taking time for our mental is crucial! Like we work out for our physical health, the same needs to happen for our mental health. It might seem hard to know how exactly to take care of our mental health, but the answer simply is by doing things that you enjoy and make you feel good. To go into a little more detail (and get a little more specific), we put together a few ways to boost your mental health! These are great places to start or great daily or weekly practices that you can include in your everyday routine to give your mental the love it deserves.
Facetiming friends or seeing photos on social media is nice, but nothing beats the face-to-face connection of seeing your friends and family in person! Spending quality time with people doing something you enjoy boosts your mood and always leaves you feeling good. This can be something as simple as a 1-hour coffee date or an all-day excursion! Set the time aside in your schedule and connect IRL.
As we all know, being active releases endorphins, which make you happy. Of course, an active lifestyle is amazing for your physical health, but it’s just as important to your mental health. This doesn’t mean you have to do an intense workout class, it simply could mean going on a walk for 30 minutes. Moving your body is the most important part, so find what you enjoy doing and try doing it consistently. You’ll be surprised how much of a boost it gives you!
We’ve heard it a million times: getting enough sleep is so crucial. Compare the days when you have gotten a full night’s rest to nights with limited sleep. Typically, we’re happier, have more energy, and are more positive than when we’re running on little sleep. Of course, it happens and we can’t always get 8 hours a night, but sticking to a consistent sleep schedule will make a world of difference. Try putting away your screens an hour before bed – that means phone, TV, tablet, etc so your mind isn’t stimulated when you’re trying to fall asleep. We love picking up a good book and reading before bed!
Get off social media, put your phone on the charger in the other room, and get fully unplugged. Smartphones are a huge part of our daily lives and a lot of the time are the thing we turn to for entertainment. Getting a few laughs from Tiktok or seeing your friend’s posts on Instagram is great, but try giving yourself boundaries when it comes to being on your phone. Maybe this means putting your phone away at a certain point in the evening, maybe this means regulating your screen time. Depending on your life and your schedule, find a healthy boundary with your phone and stick with it.
Everyone is different, so find what boosts your mental health and lean into it! What are your favorite ways to take care of your mental health? Let us know in the comments!
Xo, KSD Team