5 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Do you feel like you've been working long days? Going above and beyond for your students? Teachers and therapists typically find it hard to put ourselves first. Self care is so important for your happiness, mental health and energy levels. While drinking that extra 1 or 2 or even 3 cups coffee may give you a boost of energy, it is only temporary. These are our 5 favorite ways to rest, unwind and recharge.
1. Stimulate Your Mind
Coffee.Therapy.Sleep.Repeat ~ I don't know about you, but this has been my schedule for over a month! What's worse? It's all been done in the confinement of my 800 sq. ft apartment. Sooo change it up! Read that book that you've been wanting to read, finish the 2,000 piece puzzle or learn a new skill. Feeling mentally challenged can give you mental energy and satisfaction without feeling overworked.
[Sorry, this is an obvious one, so I won't lecture you as to why it's important.] Even though we all know exercising is important for our mental health, many of us makes excuses as to why we can't even go for a walk. It's been extra hard lately coming up with an excuse since I'm home all day *face palm*. So I challenge you to at least get your walking shoes on and go for a brisk walk at least once this week. Walking your dog counts!
3. The Ultimate Bath
Don't take just any bath, take the ultimate bath with all the bells and whistles. Go on Amazon right now and order a fun bath bomb, your favorite scented candle and put your Spotify playlist together. Don't forget to put your "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door. It's so important to schedule some me-time during these stressful times. A long, hot bath will relax tensed muscles and make you feel more happy overall.
4. Call A Friend
Maybe it's just me, but COVID-19 has left me extra feeling lonely at times. We took mingling with friends in person or having small day-to-day interactions at the coffee shop for granted. Due to mandatory self-isolation, loneliness is becoming increasingly problematic. According to research, loneliness may cause increased vulnerability to other stressors, increased negative energy, decreased positive energy, decreased sleep quality and greater feelings of helplessness. Luckily, we have the technology in the palm of our hand that allows us keep connected with others. If you are beginning to feel lonely or know someone who might feel lonely, unlock your phone and dial their number.
5. Take A Break
Take a 5-10 minute breather in between sessions to get on your feet and walk around. A few short minutes can be enough to de-stress you. It can be as simple a using the bathroom or moving those dirty dishes out of the sink and into the dishwasher.
Self care does NOT look the same for everyone! And to be honest? It may not look the same for you day-to-day. Whatever it may be, find your 'thing' that helps you rest, unwind and recharge. It's the most important thing to keep YOU healthy so that YOU can be the best for your students!