Sleep is undeniably important for both physical and mental health when it comes to dealing with depression. Always aim to wake up 30 minutes earlier than your schedule actual demands. If this means that you are awake 30 minutes before the rest of your household then this is an additional bonus. This time spent alone will help you to wake in a positive way before the day begins. It will also mean that you are able to get organised peacefully and embrace the quiet of the morning.
2. Be your own cheerleader.
Most of us aren’t accustomed to putting our self first, acknowledging your own brilliance is key to self-care, this will help you to have a better understanding of your mental blocks and tackle depression.
Wake up knowing that you are a boss, powerful enough to tackle anything coming your way. acknowledging this has always put a smile on your face. Affirming all of the fantastic traits that we hold inside, definitely does change the way we think about ourselves, therefore changing the way our day goes. Quite often, we beat ourselves up about things that shouldn’t matter to us. This can lead to any feelings of unworthiness or ‘I’m not enough’ and can be more damaging than we realise. in order to over come stress and depression we need to nurture and nourish ourselves. We can do this by becoming more mindful of how we talk to our self and by choosing self-kindness.
3. Get away from your devices .
Dedicate some time each day to unplugging from your gadgets and technology in general. Disconnecting from the constant stream of information that we are becoming increasingly dependent on will help to restore balance in your mind and better understanding your mental health. It will also re-focus your attention to the things that are truly important.
4. Spend time in nature.
Take small simple steps like leaving the house each day, this can be vital to self-care and improving your mental health. Even if it’s just to sit in your garden or outside your house. Leaving your house and just looking at nature will always freshens your mind. nature is a great way to de-stress and promote relaxation. You may find it is difficult to find the time to do so, especially if you have a demanding work schedule. If this is true of you then eating your lunch in the park could be the perfect solution, which can lead to having a healthy diet
5. Forget about the opinions of others.
When you stop and think about it, Instagram likes really aren’t that important. In order to care for yourself, we need to focus less on what other people think about us. Do what your heart and mind tells you. Remember that people will project their insecurities on others, rise above it gracefully and stay true to you.
Also letting go of toxic relationships that have a negative impact on you, both online and in real life. this can have an impact on your mental health. Delete, remove and block people that make you feel rubbish, insecure or low and unfollow accounts that make you feel pressure, hurt or anger. Again these things can make you fall into the stress and depression.
6. Learn when to say yes (and when to say no).
Before committing to social activities , have a think about why you’re doing it. You are entitled and allowed to say ‘no’ whenever you like. Say ‘no’ to things that mentally drain you and erase the need to feel guilt for doing so, you’re not here to please everyone else. Having said that, taking the occasional leap of faith and saying ‘yes’ can also have a positive impact on your mental health and the lives of others around you.
Saying ‘yes’ is just as important as saying ‘no’. We don’t want our boundaries to be cast in iron so that they also prevent the good stuff from coming through. Say ‘yes’ to the things which light you like a string of fairy lights, to the things which feel a little out of reach, to your dreams, wants, needs, and most importantly, to offers of much-needed help.
7. Renegotiate your time.
Taking control of your timetable can be an empowering life change. We feel as though we’re chasing our tails, juggling lots of balls and starved of time. It feels as though time runs away with us and as though we don’t have any control over it, but we do have more sway over it than we think we do.
Asserting work boundaries by removing emails on your phone and downloading an app to monitor how much time you’re spending on certain apps (particularly social media) and work to reduce that time. By stepping back and evaluating how we spend our time, we can make different decisions based on what we actually want to do and feel.
8. Focus on yourself.
Perhaps the most important self-care step you can take is making time for yourself.
Work, family, relationship, friendships can most definitely take a toll on us and our mental states. Take time to rejuvenate, do the things you love with the your loved ones and enjoy life. Have healthy diet, drink more water, have lots of good healthy relationships, laugh more than you did last year. Free your mind for better mental health and over come depression
Make bigger and better goals and set out a plan to achieve them.