We know that physical health and mental health are intrinsically linked. When one suffers, so does the other. So whether you’re following a weight loss plan or just aiming to stay healthy, taking care of your mental health is important too.
That’s not so easy to do right now, and most of us are feeling a bit blah as the pandemic wears on. Work these self care practices into your routine, and enjoy the boost they give to your mood and overall mental health.
Say hello to a stranger. Masks and social distancing have us all feeling a bit faceless and anonymous. But because interacting with others lifts our spirits, we should all make an effort to interact more often (safely of course). Make eye contact, smile (it will reach your eyes), and make small talk from six feet away. Connect with others in lines or chat up cashiers. You’ll both walk away feeling better.
Clean out clutter. Clutter actually has a strong (and negative) impact on our mood. Schedule one small task each day, such as cleaning out a junk drawer or hall closet, and then work your way up to larger tasks like the garage.
Adopt a plant. Plants purify our air, but they do something to our state of mind, too. Sometimes, nurturing another living thing helps us to feel nurtured as well. Choose a flowering plant to enjoy its blooms, a succulent if you’re the type who forgets to water, or an herb that you can grow in a windowsill and use in your food.
Vent your anger. Anger is a normal emotion, and repressing it won’t do you any favors. Practice constructive ways to release these feelings instead. For some people, exercise is a great outlet, whereas others feel a sense of satisfaction from writing down their feelings. Tear up or burn the paper when you’re finished, as a symbolic act of release.
Do something with your hands. For some people, screen time can actually increase anxiety. Choose a hobby that requires concentration and fine motor skills, like crochet or pottery, and learn to zone out while you create.
As always, we’re here to support you as you pursue a healthier lifestyle or weight loss plan. Just give us a call and we’ll discuss your needs and concerns.