Today’s world seems more hectic than ever before, especially for those who work in the media. Between the news, natural disasters, the latest celebrity scandal, and many other things that have our attention throughout the day, it can sometimes be hard to focus on anything but stress.
Even if we’re not feeling it ourselves, stressful events in our friends’ lives or negative news reports can also have a big impact on our mental health – so much so that there is even a term for it: “Stress-Induced Depression”.
Improve Your Mental Wellbeing
Mental Health is a constantly changing and growing topic, so it can be hard to keep up. The idea of building good mental wealth is constantly evolving too.
Luckily, it’s easy to find helpful tips on what you can do. You don’t even have to be a guru in psychology or therapy because the basic foundations are very simple and oftentimes quite easy
Do Breathing Techniques
If you can’t do anything else, you can find time to do some breathing exercises, even if it means locking yourself in the toilet stall for a few minutes to get some privacy!
Breathing techniques to try:
Breathing In for 3-5 seconds: slowly inhale through your nose, holding it in for the same amount of time. Then slowly exhale through your mouth, holding that breath for the same amount of time. Do this three times.
Meditate or Pray
You don’t have to meditate or pray every single day, but it is a good idea to do it at least once per week to help you remain mentally well and promote emotional wellbeing throughout your life. There are many ways to meditate, and they’re pretty easy to learn.
You can also meditate or pray if you aren’t religious or spiritual. Meditation and praying don’t mean you have to connect to some higher power; it’s just a time for you to clear your mind from the clutter of stress and other factors and concentrate on only yourself.
By setting aside some time each day for meditation (or prayer if you are religious), you’ll be giving yourself a chance to reflect on your life and get back in touch with yourself (and your spiritual or religious side if that applies to you).
Create a Routine
Creating a routine is very important to health and mental wellbeing. It ties in with the point about setting aside some time for meditation. Creating a routine will help you to feel more organized, socially connected, and productive all year round.
A good routine can also help you to set appropriate boundaries with all aspects of your personal, professional, and societal life. The benefits are endless, so keep on creating them!
Aim To Practice Self Care Regularly
Self-care is one of the easiest and most effective ways to nurture your mind, body, spirit, and soul.
You don’t have to spend hours in a candlelit bathtub every night – but make time for it (or whatever else you find relaxing) once per week. For example, use some self-care time (about 15 minutes) each Saturday morning to do something nice for yourself.
You could go for a long walk, treat yourself to a massage or just relax on your bed with some candles and soothing music. Do whatever you feel comfortable doing; as long as it’s healthy and relaxing, that’s all you need!