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How to practice self care for mental health can be very difficult when you have so many demands on your life. Everybody is pulling on you left and right. This was the first week of 2023 and between working a full time job and taking care of my family and my kids has been one heck of a week. When I say sometimes, my brain has a mental freeze and can hardly think straight would be putting it lightly. See, usually my brain is like a little energizing bunny, but not this week. Have you ever just woke up and you feel fine physically but mentally you are drained?
As you may or may not know already, I’m an early bird and I like to get up and get things done. When I tell you, your mind plays a very important role in how you’re feeling, what you’re doing and everything in between. If you don’t get your mind right, everything else will fall short as well. Today, I’m going to share with you my simple 7 ways to practice self care for mental health
7 WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF CARE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
- Wake up early: I can’t stress enough of how much good it does when I rise early. This is my time where I journal and pray and just spend the first hour of my day pouring into me. Its funny because at 3 and 4:30am in the morning, you can barely hear a pin drop. Even the animals that like to lurk at my window are not even up yet. Sometimes, I just sit and do a brain dump of all the negative thoughts that tries to pop up in my head.
- Journal my thoughts: I like to journal first thing in the morning to help me set my mind on a positive note. You will be amazed at how many things the devil will try to throw your way. This can be your time where you write down 10 things you are grateful for. Maybe you can also put down a few things you will get done for the day (your to do list ). I call my journal my love letters to God and just my time that I spend talking to him.
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- Read Some inspirational: You know the old saying: “You are what you eat”,,, well that is so true. What ever you feed your mind be it good or bad, it will play out in your life. I keep motivational books around and of course you know my love for journals. The bible is something that you can read as well, It can be a scripture a day or however way you want to tackle it. Pouring back into your spiritually and mentally will help better prepare you to be a better woman.
- Surround yourself with positive people: Only hang around or allow people in your inner circle that uplifts you and who wants to see you at your highest self. See, a lot of times, its not you that’s causing you stress, its the people that you’re spending your time with. Ask yourself this: Have you ever spoken to someone over the phone, but when you hang up from that call, you feel mentally drained. That is a clear indicator that you need to spend less time with them.
- Listen to music or a podcast: I don’t know about you but when I listen to music, it just almost automatically puts me in a better mood. It could be my favorite gospels, R&B, jazz or anything that i’m feeling at the moment. When I’m cleaning, I love playing my favorite music or podcast in the background. In a way, it motivates me more to get my house cleaned and just helps me to get it done faster. After dancing around my house singing and getting on my kids nerve, I look up and i been done cleaned up their chores too. (they love it when I forget whose chore is what LOL )
- Get plenty of rest: At this age, I take my rest very serious. I mean its too the point, where I can feel it when I’m becoming drained mentally. For one, I talk all day long at my job and when I get off work, I don’t want to talk to anybody. the first 30 minutes or so I lock myself up in my bathroom and just be silent. Of course I go talk to my kiddos cause I love hearing about their day and being that they are teenagers, boy they have some stories for me. But to be honest, once I shower and get us something to eat, I’m usually in bed by 6:30pm and out by lightening at 8pm. Yes, I go to bed with the chickens LOL
- Unplugging from social media: Oh don’t give me the side eye. Yes, I said it! Sometimes, for your own sanity, you have to unplug from social media. I do this a lot when I’m finding myself getting overwhelmed or start to get caught up in the comparison game, I delete my apps from my phone. And the latest thing i’ve been doing is I get off of social media every night at 8pm. This has been helping me to really wind down and do a brain dump of my timeline. Also make sure the people you’re following on social media is positive. If you find that scrolling through your news feed makes you feel a type of way, unfollow those people and don’t think twice about. Ask yourself this: Why am I following these people when I know that don’t like me or always making me feel a certain type of way? When you answer that truthfully, you better be able to do what you need to do.
Conclusion: I hope and pray that you have found this blog post to be helpful. I also want you to know that in 2023, we are prioritizing our needs of self care so we can take better care of ourselves. Refer back to this post as often as you need in order to be the best version of yourself.