6 Easy Steps to Start Taking Better Care of Your Well-Being

Because your mental health matters even after May



We're approaching the end of May which is Mental Health Awareness Month, but that doesn't mean it's time to pack up the daily check-ins and reminders to prioritize your mental health.


So we've created a self-reflection checklist that you can practice either daily or weekly to ensure that your mental health is one of your top priorities.


But before we get started, here are some tips and exercises you can start right away to start taking better care of yourself:


Keep a mental health journal

This can be prompted by using specific journal exercises or just a stream of consciousness to lift the weight of overwhelming thoughts and ruminations.


Practice mindfulness

You've probably heard this one many times, but taking even just five minutes out of your day to be completely still and feel your emotions without judgement will do you a lot of good. Try finding some guided meditations on YouTube or apps like Calm or Headspace to help you start out.


Breathing exercises

In through the nose and out through the mouth. This type of breathing has been proven to reset the mind and restore emotional balance.


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Book an appointment with a therapist

This is definitely the most effective way to tackle any mental health issues you're having. A professional will be able to guide you through any thoughts and feelings that trouble you and give you trusted advice on how to relieve and cope with your struggles.


Loving yourself and practicing self-care is pivotal for inviting happiness into your life

Your self-reflection checklist

Here are some questions to ask yourself at the end of every day or week to reflect on your emotions throughout the day and take the steps to improve your overall well-being.


  1. What was my overall emotion today/this week?

  2. What bothered me today/this week and how did I handle it

  3. Could I have responded differently and how so?

  4. Why didn't I feel differently? (Take time to accept your response here. Your feelings are always valid but what you do with them after is what counts)

  5. Did I drink enough water? Eat well? Get enough sleep? (If not, you know what you need to shift your focus to next time)

  6. What did I do to bring myself joy?

Feel free to add or take away from these questions to suit you.


And don't forget to prioritise your well-being, always.


 

Sophia-Maria Nicolopoulos is a Content Editor from Greece. Read her column in our latest and upcoming issues of JADEN magazine with steps to cultivate a wholesome lifestyle.

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