Healthy Mind For Beginners
We all know about keeping our bodies fit and healthy, right? In seeking physical health, we know to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. But what about mental health? Do you give any consideration to having a healthy mind? It is just as important as physical health, and very often the two go hand in hand.
Let’s look at some steps you can make to maintain or even improve the health of your mind.
First start with the basics and take the time to unwind and relax. Easier said than done in the current climate, right? Some simple relaxation techniques could be things like a warm soothing bath, this of course having physical benefits for those aching muscles too. Make sure you leave your phone in a different room (and on silent) and immerse yourself in the warm water. You could listen to some relaxing music or start reading that book that you neverseem to find the time for. Create a tranquil atmosphere with some candles and have your clean dressing gown and fluffy slippers ready for when you re-emerge from the bathroom, calm and collected.
If that doesn’t appeal to you how about getting comfy on the sofa and listening to a podcast. Podcasts are great because you don’t need to stare at a screen and there are so many different topics you can find one to suit your mood. Lots of podcasts are relaxing and they will help you to take your mind off the stresses of the day. Again, you can lie in a dimly lit room, perhaps diffuse some essential oils and ‘zone out’ completely. Being able to disconnect and rest your mind is an important part of encouraging a healthy mindset.
Another way to keep your mind healthy is getting fresh air. Being cooped up at home or work all day can become monotonous so getting outside in the fresh air can do your mind the world of good. Whether you choose to walk around a local beauty spot and take in the picturesque scenery, or you go further afield for a day of reflection somewhere new, getting out and about will really boost your mood. Even if the weather is not what you consider to be perfect, why not venture out anyway. The smell of the rain on tarmac and the splash of your wellies in a puddle can bring a real sense of freedom. Go it alone or enjoy time with family, the world is your oyster.
Alternative therapies can also do great things to balance your mind and reset your thinking. Reiki, Indian head massage and reflexology are all therapies that can be accessed at a reasonable cost and as well as offering physical benefits, can also help your overall wellbeing in many ways. And of course, they come with the added bonus of setting aside that much needed quiet and relaxing me-time. I attend Rebecca’s Yard - she’s incredible
Lastly, get a good nights’ sleep. We hear it a lot and it is so important. For a sharp mind by day you must rest it adequately at night. If you have trouble sleeping, make sure you avoid screen time and eating late at night. Drinking alcohol can make you feel sleepy but really does not promote good sleeping habits and hinders good quality sleep. Clean sheets, some comfy pyjamas, and a spritz of lavender pillow spray could help send you off peacefully to the land of nod or perhaps try a short sequence of yoga stretches designed to help you unwind in preparation for a good nights’ sleep.
And remember, looking after your mental wellbeing is not about being vain or selfish. We all strive to stay healthy, to be successful, to enjoy life. Taking time to nurture your mental wellbeing should become an integral part of your daily life that will have a multitude of benefits.
“Sufficient sleep, exercise, healthy food, friendship, and peace of mind are necessities, not luxuries.” Mark Halperin