A Mental Spring Cleaning
Clutter in our physical environment has been shown to affect our mental health and spring is often a time when people rid themselves of the things they collected during the winter months. With spring on the horizon, this is a good time to do some mental "spring cleaning" to remove what internal clutter is taking up space in order to improve our mental health. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. What we show on the outside or, our attitude, is directly impacted by how we feel on the inside. By clearing our minds of clutter, we give time and attention to healthy habits and gain a more positive outlook in the process.
1. Replace Negative Criticism with Positive Self-Talk.
When you look at yourself in the mirror, instead of a negative criticism, practice saying something kind about yourself or use a positive affirmation like, "I am a unique and worthy person" or, "I can do anything I put my mind to!"
2. Quit Hibernating and Spend Time with Family & Friends.
With the sunshine and rain, comes a renewed opportunity to spend time with family, friends and acquaintances who are going to give you positive messages about yourself that builds positive self-esteem.
3. Substitute Junk Food for Fresh Food.
Get rid of the chips, pretzels, and sodas (maybe keep one bag/can for a rainy day) and buy fresh vegetables and fruits and make some lemonade or iced tea. Choosing healthy food options helps us feel better about ourselves and gives us the fuel to stay active and physically well.
4. Ditch Bad Sleeping Habits and Develop a Bedtime Routine.
Having a consistent bedtime and developing a bedtime ritual increases your chances of having a restful sleep. A hot shower before bed is a great way to relax your muscles and get ready to rest! Feeling rested when you wake up helps you to be more focused and productive in your day.
5. Feeling Empty Emotionally? Recharge with your Personalized Medicine (Pat Deegan).
Personal Medicine was created by Pat Deegan. While pill medicine is important, personal medicine is just as important. Your personal medicine is any healthy activity you do that makes you feel better, more energized, and that puts a smile on your face, giving you a reason to achieve your goals. This may be something like a walk in the park, playing a favorite game, or making a special meal. This gives a boost to your mood and to your determination!