5 Simple Ways to Prioritise Your Mental Health in 2021
2020 was unarguably unkind to us in many different ways –– especially to our mental health. The uncertainty, fear, loneliness and stress that the year brought, gnawed at our mental peace and took a major toll on the way we think, feel and reciprocate. However, it’s time to let bygones be bygones and start afresh with a whole new year ahead of us.
While chalking down new year resolutions, we seldom include mental health among the things that need to be worked on –– but it’s time to change that. Your state of mind, emotional stability, presence in the current moment and ability to cope with stress determine how you navigate through different situations. Here are some simple ways to help you prioritise your mental health in 2021 and live a healthier, happier life.
Keep in touch with your friends
Even though this may sound like a no-brainer, we know it can be difficult to scoop out time from your cut-throat work schedule to pick up the phone and say “hey!”. Talking to your buddies can be more therapeutic than you can imagine. It can help you distract yourself from your day’s stress and improve your mood significantly while also allowing you to vent. After all, what’s better than a good laugh with the ones who truly get you?
Start a gratitude journal
Amidst the many things that weigh us down, it can be very easy to lose sight of the things that life has been kind enough to give us that we should truly be grateful for. There’s no better way to bring your thoughts to life than writing them down. Each day, write down one thing you’re thankful for –– something that makes you smile, someone who makes you happy, or just a moment that made your eyes light up. On the days when you’re feeling down, you’ll have a ‘pick-me-up’ handy!
Yeah yeah, we know, we’re still battling a pandemic. However, you don’t need to stay cooped up in your home all the time (unless you’re finding reasons to, read: introverts). Being outdoors (with precaution, of course) and soaking up some natural light can significantly reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue and promote happiness. If nothing, try to at least walk around the block for 10-15 minutes a day and breathe in some fresh air.
The secret to winning is to WIN
The WIN technique AKA “what’s important NOW” can help anchor you down when you’re feeling overwhelmed. WIN consists of three important steps: one, understanding the situation clearly, two, accepting it completely, and three, identifying a solution. WIN can help you lose sight of what you cannot control and get a grasp on how you can proactively help yourself overcome a hurdle. So, are you ready to WIN? Hah, clever, right?
Don’t be shy –– ask for help!
If and when you feel like you’re slipping down the slippery slope of destructive thought patterns, sadness, loneliness, or hurdles that you cannot overcome, don’t shy away from seeking professional help. Going to therapy can help you understand yourself better and equip you with knowledge and skills to smoothly sail through setbacks. Therapy helps you streamline your thoughts, make sense of them, and break down the walls between your present self and your potential self by launching you forward in the healthiest and most productive way possible.