Last year I put a lot of effort into my physical health. It was the year I started going to the gym on a regular basis, started paying attention to the products I was using to clean my house, as well as the products I was using on my skin and when I really started looking at what was in the food I was eating.
Sure, I’m not 100% there yet, but I’m better than I ever have been before and that is because last year I made my physical health a priority. This year, as one of my resolutions, I decided I was going to put just as much focus on my mental health as I have my physical health.
I was talking with a friend the other day about how physical health is pushed on us as a priority. We are always told that we need to exercise and eat better, if we want to be healthy. Obviously this is an important part of life. But I do strongly believe mental health needs to be more of a priority as well.
So here are some ways I plan to make mental health a priority this year…
5 Ways to Make Mental Health a Priority in 2019
1. Go to therapy
I first went to therapy as a senior in high school. I had an amazing therapist who truly helped me. Since high school, I’ve gone a few times on and off, but have finally decided to make it a priority. I’ve been going 2x a month now for 2 months and it’s something I always look forward to.
I truly love therapy. In all honesty, I think this world would be a much better place if everyone just went to therapy. Talking out our emotions does wonders for your mental state and having someone who doesn’t know you or anyone else in your life personally, makes it all the more better.
2. Practice gratitude
Practicing gratitude is at the top of every ones self-care list, but I really do believe it makes a huge difference in the way we go about our days and how we see things. I purchased The 5 Minute Journal a couple years ago and while I was not the best at utilizing it last year, I am going to make a point to get back into it this year.
I’ve talked about how I am a firm believer in the fact that we are “as happy as we make our mind up to be” and practicing gratitude is a great way to train your brain to think more positively, to see the good in an otherwise mundane day and to be happy with where we are currently at.
One of my favorite quotes is from Ernest Hemingway who said “write hard and clear about what hurts”. It might sound a littler depressing, but just like therapy, writing is a great way to process our emotions and feelings.
I’ve kept journals since I was a Freshman in high school, but again, life has gotten in the way and I have not been good about it in a long time. Journal writing has helped me through a lot and just because I’m not currently going through anything major in my life doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be processing my thoughts on a daily basis. It’s a great way to check-in with yourself . So journal writing is a big priority this year when it comes to my mental health.
4. Continue to exercise
Like I said above, I made my physical health a huge priority last year. Starting the end of January, for the first time in my life, I consistently went to the gym for a full year. And while my body may not be where I expected it to be, consistently working out has done wonders for my confidence.
So, I’ve come to the conclusion that what they say about working out, how it give you endorphins and what not, must be true. Since I’ve noticed such a big difference in my confidence and mood, I’m going to keep making it a point to focus on my physical health in order to improve my mental health.
5. Make time for a nighttime routine
I’ve always been jealous of those people who can function off of like 4 hours asleep. That just isn’t me though. I need, at the bare minimum, 7 hours. When I don’t get a good nights sleep I feel completely off the next day. I’m, obviously, tired, unmotivated, and just foggy….nothing beneficial for my mental health.
So in my attempt to focus on my mental health, I am making it a point to get to bed on time. As well as creating and sticking to a night time routine. A night time routine will help prepare me for a good night of sleep which will, in turn, help my mental state the next day.
Mental health seems to becoming more a priority for people these days. Check any of the Wellness Trends predicted for 2019 and you will notice that mental health is on that list. So I’m definitely jumping on the bandwagon this year.
How do you make your mental health a priority?
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