Your wellbeing and the health of your mind has a direct effect on your physical health and the ability you’ll have to live a life you love. You and your mental health deserve to be at the top of your priority list. A busy lifestyle with work, kids, and a never-ending list of responsibilities can lead to fatigue and stress; these can trigger depression and unhealthy behavior on a daily basis. To help avoid you reaching a point that’s difficult to come back from, it’s important to understand when to slow down and take steps to care for your mental health. The following are some ideas and tips if you feel that life is a struggle and you’re unsure of what to do next. Remember- you can’t pour from an empty cup!
Communication Is Key
It can be tempting to keep your negative feelings and thoughts inside your head, but, this will only magnify them and worsen a bad situation. It’s so important that you speak out if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, or if you’re struggling through a difficult period in your life. Don’t be afraid to get help; whether it’s a trusted colleague, a close family member, a good friend, or a mental health professional, asking for advice and discussing your feelings can have an immediate positive impact on how you feel inside.
Perhaps you’re having issues with anxiety or depression. Or feeling overwhelmed trying to balance home and work responsibilities. As much as we love to think we left it all behind us in middle school, dealing with female cliques still happens – in the workplace, gym, or at our kids’ schools. Look into ways to deal with your thoughts, and speak to someone you trust or a trained professional. A weight may be lifted the second you open up, and you can begin moving forward feeling confident and motivated. If someone reaches out to you and you aren’t sure what to do, listen and ask for permission to get a higher level of help. Please remember- if you or someone else is feeling unsafe- the suicide prevention lifeline is available 24 hours a day. Never forget- Depression Lies!
It’s Okay To Say No
It can be so hard to say no to people and plans, especially when you feel that you’re letting somebody down or upsetting them. But having the inner strength to say no when you’re too tired, overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed is the only way to look after your body and mind. As an introvert I have to know when it’s better to refuse an invitation up front instead of dreading an event. Don’t pile more onto your plate just to please other people; if they’re worth your time and energy they should understand! Be honest with them and explain why you feel that you can’t. You’re not being rude or mean, you’re simply ensuring that you have enough breathing space in life to enjoy the company of your friends and family when you’re able, rather than struggling through situations and becoming mentally fatigued, or setting yourself up to bail at the last minute.
If you’re constantly being bombarded by text, email, or social media updates it might be time to change up your notification settings or even turn off your phone. It might be a little difficult at first, but taking some breaks from tech will ensure that your mind gets a much-needed break every day. It’s especially important to get a break from tech at bedtime.
Ensuring that your head is clear before bed will lead to a better night’s sleep, which will have a positive impact on your health and you’ll feel refreshed each morning and ready to tackle life again. Sleep and rest are wonderful ways to practice self care and start putting yourself at the top of your priority list.
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.