The Best Self-care Tips for Your Mental Health

Apr 24, 2024 | 3 Min Read

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According to research, adopting self-care activities into your daily or weekly routine is not only vital for your mental health, but it can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy levels.


Here are eight self-care tips that you can try out to prioritise yourself and your well-being:

According to research, regular physical activity increases serotonin levels in the body significantly, which boosts mood and energy. Find an activity you enjoy, whether it's a yoga class, going to the gym, jogging, walking the dog, or dancing, and aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day.
Nourish your body and mind with a balanced diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, probiotics, low-fat dairy, healthy fats and lean proteins. It is also important to drink at least two litres of water every day. 
Sleep has a significant impact on how you feel both mentally and physically. Establish a consistent bedtime routine to help you unwind and stick to it as much as possible. This includes going to sleep at the same time every night, refraining from looking at screens at least one hour before bed, and keeping your bedroom dark and cool to promote better sleep. Try to get eight hours of sleep each night so your body has enough time to rest and recharge. A daytime nap is also an excellent way to refresh your body and improve concentration levels.
Prioritise self-care by scheduling in some time each week for hobbies and leisure activities you enjoy, such as reading, knitting, gardening, painting, photography, or playing a musical instrument.
Research shows taking time to relax can lead to better physical health as well as fewer feelings of anxiety and depression. Dedicate a few minutes every day to activities that help you to relax like mindfulness exercises, meditation, yoga, soaking in a hot tub or going for a massage. Apps like Headspace and Calm can guide you through mindfulness exercises, making it easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
Expressing gratitude is a powerful habit that has proven mental, physical and health benefits. Gratitude means acknowledging and being thankful for the things you have and what you’ve accomplished. Take a few moments every day to reflect on the things you’re grateful for. This practice promotes a positive mindset, reduces stress, and enhances overall life satisfaction. 
For a self-care boost, step outside and spend some time in nature. Whether it’s a ten-minute walk around your neighbourhood, a hike up a mountain, a walk barefoot along the beach, or doing some gardening, being outdoors offers a host of benefits for your mental health, from lower stress levels to improved mood. Even just sitting outside can help you feel more grounded and calm. 
Strong social and family relationships play an important role in your emotional wellbeing. Spend time with your friends, your family and anyone in your life who makes you feel good, whether through phone calls, video chats, or in-person visits. Volunteering is another great way to meet new people and feel connected.
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