This year, the Mental Health Awareness Week’s (MHAW) theme is kindness, with the challenge of being kind to yourself and others, which can help decrease stress and increase your emotional wellbeing.
“This year the Mental Health Awareness Weekâ€™s (MHAW) theme is kindness, with the challenge of being kind to yourself and others, which can help decrease stress and increase your emotional wellbeing. “
While taking care of your mental wellbeing can mean seeking professional support, it also means taking steppingstones to manage everyday difficulties, while feeling good about yourself and others. These small daily changes, outlined below, can help boost your overall mood confidence.
Aim to do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Before and after you work out, your body releases stress-relieving endorphins, making exercise a powerful counteractant to stress and anxiety. There are various ways you can exercise, both indoors and outdoors, like dancing in the kitchen or taking the stairs instead of an elevator; these are small changes; however, every minute counts.
Explore your personality deeper. There are multiple online tests you can take to receive a holistic insight into what makes you, you so that you can play to your strengths, to achieve wellbeing and overcome stress. A website, which is hugely insightful, revealing and helpful is the ‘Big 5 Personality Test’ by Truity, which is entirely free.
Conduct a random act of kindness for somebody else. As mentioned above, the theme for MHAW is kindness; therefore, this is an excellent opportunity to take part, while benefitting how you feel about yourself. Being kind is a great way to build your self-esteem and boost your wellbeing because it liberates us from isolation, selfishness and obsession.
Maintain a good sleeping pattern. Research implies that sleep loss harms your body and overall mood. Try and follow a regular sleeping pattern, while practising good habits to get better sleep, such as turning off your mobile phone an hour before you close your eyes.
Keep your room tidy. The old saying ‘a cluttered room is a cluttered mind’ comes into play here; however, it can be a difficult and overwhelming task. Taking control of your room and starting to maintain order can make you much more productive and shows self-management.
Now that you have positive steps on how to reduce your stress and improve your emotional wellbeing – you can start today. Pick something from this blog that you would like to try and try it right now; don’t let your mental wellbeing get into a crisis before you make it a concern. Gradually implementing these techniques into your everyday lifestyle will help you feel more controlled and confident in yourself.