7 Ways to Care for Our Mental Health

1. Take care of yourself in all ways – get enough sleep, get some fresh air, try to eat a balanced diet.

2. Move it, move it – find an exercise that you enjoy, from walking to running to heavy lifting and more.  It will make you feel good in so many ways!

3. Turn it all off – take time to reflect each day and turn off all electronics that might get in your way.  We’re always so tuned in and it’s tough for our brain to deal with an “ADHD world”.

4. Find your group – make sure you have someone, be it a group of friends, a class or a social activity.  Studies have shown that connections make for good mental health.

5. Allow your moods to change – we can’t be happy all the time.  Accept that it’s okay to be sad or angry or any other emotion.

6. Set achievable goals – goals that are motivating but not overwhelming are the best.  If you need to, break down a big goal into smaller goals.  And accept that you may not reach it – we can’t do everything all the time.

7. Be kind, be kind, be kind – not only to others, but to yourself.  When you are feeling self-hatred or despair, think about what you would say to a friend who was feeling the same way.  Wouldn’t you be a lot nicer to him or her?  Well, why not be nice to yourself then?

Thanks to the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing for these ideas for good mental health

Every woman (and man) should listen and read these

bodyimage

Poor body image is something I have worked on personally as well as professionally.  I don’t know a single woman who likes their body fully or who can go through an entire day without focusing on some imperfection.  It’s insidious.  And as these two sources state, it takes a LOT of energy to be that hyper-vigilant.  Energy that could be directed toward much more amazing things!

So, please watch the TEDx talk by Caroline Heldman called The Sexy Lie, and then go and read the blog post by Angel Kalafatis (and when she starts talking about yoga, you can also put in CBT or Mindfulness as skills to learn to do similar things).

Let’s hope that more and more of us can move beyond our own self-subjugation.