Let's not fake it, 2020 has been a freak show, and we've certainely been through a lot. If you're still working from home or always have to go into the workplace, take a deep breath, take some time out, and get back to the concepts of self-care.
There is no self-care that is better than concentrating on your mental health. It helps the way you process the world and will bring wholeness to your life when you have control of your mind and the way you think.
In the year 2021 and far beyond, we have some tips to help you build strong mental health. Keep reading to learn about some of the mental health resolutions for the coming year that will improve your body, mind and spirit.
It's OK to take breaks and time off from work
If you hope to have a stable mental health, you must find equilibrium in your life. You can often overwork yourself and this causes a build-up of tension that typically leads to an unhealthy climax. For your mental health, simply taking breaks and time off from your job will work wonders.
Make sure that over the weekend you really give yourself time to relax and recover, or your stresses will only continue to compound.
Every year, use your holiday time so you can get away and recharge your battery for a while. Even taking a small holiday to unwind will help you find a safe and fortifying balance.
Meditation is key
One of the best steps you can take to decompress and sharpen your concentration is meditation. People who meditate are, with each session, basically training their brains. Meditation interacts with the Reticular Activating System (RAS) in your brain, which is responsible for your ability to notice trends and patterns.
Through accessing this portion of your brain, instead of being lost in the jumble and clutter that your brain inherently produces, it becomes easier to figure things out in your life, and you'll be able to come more aware of everything around you.
The beauty is that the more you meditate, the more relaxed you are with the turmoil that inevitably flourishes in your brain. This will help you make better choices, and most importantly, make you feel safe.
Doing a meditation practice will help create something greater than yourself with your feeling of spiritual connection. It is great for the brain and can help melt away tension.
Stay active, at least a little everyday
Daily exercise will help you relieve tension and soothe your body.
You can simply put your mental health in your hands by exercising multiple days a week. Exercising is therapeutic for the mind; no matter what type of exercise you choose, every time you exercise, your brain releases healthy endorphins that serve as mental medicine.
This makes it possible for you to be invincible against the many different changes that occurred on such fragile bases on a day to day. When you continuously pump up a sweat, your mind will function better, you will feel better and have more energy.
Take a deep breath ... Let.It.Go!
Life throws at us so many things that we can't control it. You ought to have mastery of the stuff under your control because of this. And where does it leave stuff that you can't control? Only let them go.
If you admittedly have no influence over the future result, you stress about it, surrender to this fact, and promise to think about it now. As compared to needlessly stressing yourself out over something that might never happen, trust yourself to be resilient no matter what life throws your way.
Learning to let go is a way of life and something on a moment-by-moment basis that you will have to revisit. You'll learn to appreciate the simple stuff and live lighter when you allow yourself the grace and freedom not to worry about these kinds of matters.
Write a journal
Studies prove that one of the best things you can do for your mental health is to keep a journal. Rather than making them fester in your mind, it gives you a private space to jot down your thoughts.
As such, you will discover that the many boogeymen that you obsess over are in fact toothless. It's a good activity that lets you think clearly and live with appreciation as well.
Plan 3 dinners for the week and eat right
Keep your meals simple and flexible—just enough to give you a sense of control, but not so many as to make you nuts when plans change throughout the week. Start with buying ingredients for three or four meals, then, as the week progresses, you can make your daily dinner decision accordingly.
You may have used the phrase, 'you are what you eat,' but what does that mean exactly? Simply put, food is fuel, and the kinds of foods and beverages that you eat decide the kinds of nutrients in your system and how well your mind and body can function.
The correct diet will go a long way in order to keep your mind sharp. Some foods are rich in vitamins and minerals that have been shown to decrease stress, enhance moods, improve brain oxygen supply, and strengthen cognitive thought and reasoning skills.
Here's a list of kinds of 15 foods you can consume to encourage a sharper and a healthier brain.
You can almost guarantee 2021 will be more thrilling and rewarding than 2020 if you keep these mental health goals at the top of your life. When you learn to master your mind using these tips, your quality of life will improve.