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I don’t know why but I just love talking about mental health. I’ve had some really great emails and comments from my lovely readers which keeps me going when I feel like giving up. I know now that my calling is to continue to do so, which is one thing for sure.
Because of this, I’m always on the look out for new ways to deal with mental health (especially anxiety as this is what I suffer from too). Lucky for you, I get excited about sharing them with you. Honestly, when there isn’t a blog post ready to promote in the morning when it’s scheduled, I feel lost!
So, I’ve been doing some more research. I’ve spent a good hour browsing the internet tonight to curate some of the best ideas for you right here. Not only this, but you’ll find some of my own links here. Believe it or not but this is my 107th blog post and I thought it a good idea to put them in one long post for you.
Let’s get started!
**Please remember that I am not a doctor and can’t advise you. All of my posts are from personal experience and how I deal with my anxiety. This won’t ever contend with the good work your doctor can do.**
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Consider herbal remedies – I’ve written recently about how I love herbal remedies for my anxiety. The last thing I want to do is be on medication my whole life (although I’ve accepted this thought now). So, in my efforts to improve my anxiety (which hopefully helps you too), I use a number of herbals to help me day-to-day. This is something you could check out too.
Consider medication – This is something I’ve also only recently started to talk about. Medication is prescribed by your doctor to do remember that my words wouldn’t compete with your doctor. But, there is nothing wrong with medication for mental health. No-one needs to know. If it helps you manage your symptoms, why is that so bad? Remember that.
Exercise is one of the best ways to ease mental health and work on improving it
Start my FREE 7-day email eCourse if you’re overwhelmed – The feeling of being overwhelmed is a real one for those suffering from poor mental health. Why not give my eCourse a go? It’s completely free and includes 4 worksheets to go with it. It’s huge a huge positive response so it might be worth trying out.
Pick up my anxiety package (it’s worth the money) – I don’t know about you but I’ve found it really hard finding packages containing worksheets and workbooks dedicated to anxiety. That’s why I decided to put together all of my best work into one package for you. This allows you to work through it at your own pace and has unlimited access to it at all times.
Try CBT – This is something I’ve also written about recently. It wasn’t the easiest of topics that’s for sure! But, CBT is a form of talking therapy that works great for those with anxiety. Personally, I think it works wonders for anxiety, whereas just talking to a therapist doesn’t. Feel free to read the post about it (and comes back to this one :)) as this is something you could also speak to your doctor about.
Fear is debilitating. It kicks in your fight or flight reaction and honestly is the scariest thing you could ever do.
Break a sweat – exercise is one of the best ways to ease mental health and work on improving it. It stimulates the brain, releases happy hormones into your blood stream and makes you fitter. Modern life makes it hard to get the exercise you need, which is why it’s good to start. Honestly, starting is the hardest part. Read more here.
Kerb the feeling of perfectionism – Perfectionism is a very real thing for mental health sufferers. Although being a perfectionist is actually very healthy, it can become extreme and actually makes it harder to accomplish your goals. The fear of failure stops you from doing the things you want. It’s not good. Learn more.
Turn negativity into positivity How often do you put yourself down? How often do you look at yourself in the mirror and hate your body? That’s negativity for you. But it’s also hard to break out from. Being more conscious of your negativity is a good place to start. Click the link to read more on that.
Ground yourself – This is the act of being present. It’s a great way of lowering anxiety levels and helping you focus on the here and now. Use grounding wherever and whenever you need it. Focus on objects in from of you and things you can hear/see/touch/smell. It’ll help you focus your mind.
Focus on your present – Similar to grounding, the act of focusing on your present is another great way of helping your anxiety. We spend so much time in the past or future that we miss what’s going on right now.
Download some mental health apps – I only discovered this tonight – literally. There are some really great apps to help you in your daily life with your mental health. Read Allison’s post here which shows you some great free mental health apps.
When I suffered the most from anxiety, my occupational therapist told me about the benefits of nuts on the brain
Slow the overthinking down so you can sleep properly – As mentioned above, overthinking before bedtime equals a poor night’s sleep. As mental health sufferers, sleep can elude the best of us. The key is to work out what’s making you have poor sleep.
Try out meditation – meditation is something that’s been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. It’s a great way to relieve stress and calm the mind.
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Eat almonds – They are really great for the brain and positively impact your mental health. When I suffered the most from anxiety, my occupational therapist told me about the benefits of nuts on the brain. What’s even better, they taste AMAZING.
Try herbal teas (chamomile and green tea) – I’ve been drinking herbal teas for quite some time now. I’ve cut down on the caffeine which has really helped with my shaky hands, but I’ve increased my intake in green tea has caffeine in, but it also speeds up your metabolism. It’s also a superfood which means it’s really great for your health. You should try it.
Improve your to-do list – There’s nothing better than ticking off stuff you’ve been meaning to do. If you’re a procrastinator like me, you’ll understand. Read more on that here.
Set up some SMART goals – Similar to the above, goals work great for those with poor mental health. They help you focus your energy and time on the things you want to. Nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. Honestly, you got this.
Root cases of mental health are as unique as the human body.
Face your fears – Fear is debilitating. It kicks in your fight or flight reaction and honestly is the scariest thing you could ever do. But that doesn’t mean fear is bad. In fact, it’s good. Your brain and body are reacting naturally to situations that show danger. But, when they become irrational, that’s the problem. Face your fears, it’ll help.
Work out what is causing your anxiety and work on it – Root cases of mental health are as unique as the human body. Everyone suffers differently. But, figuring out what is causing your anxiety in the first placve is a good way to start. When you figure out what is going wrong, it means you can work on getting it right.
Laugh and smile – Laugher and smiling are good for the heart and brain. Not only this, but it’s addictive too. Laughter is catchy and is something I try and do as much as possible. You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get after crying with laughter, that’s what I’m talking about. It’s a perfect natural remedy for the brain.
Read some positive quotes – I do this on a regular basis, honestly. There’s nothing better than having a gentle reminder that you are strong and a good person. Sometimes you need to be told, and for some reason, it always works better coming from someone anonymous.
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Speak to other mental health sufferers for support – I find great solitude from those suffering from anxiety. I enjoy spending with other mental health sufferers because I know they understand. It’s like an invisible bond that can’t be broken. So, find others around you that also suffer. Rather than you or them suffering on their own, you can work together.
Give yourself the credit that you deserve.
Stop apologising all of the time – OMG. I AM THE WORST FOR THIS. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t tell you to stop it! 🙂 But seriously, though, those with a mental health issue are more likely to apologise for things that aren’t their fault. So, stop it. Give yourself the credit that you deserve.
Ask your doctor if they can recommend any support groups/phone numbers – The good thing about doctors is that they have a lot of resources to hand. Much more than I could ever provide to you. Even if you don’t think it, your doctor can help. Ask them for support and help. Ask then to recommend people/websites/resources.
Start writing – There’s something a bit therapeutic about writing (much like for me with this blog). It can help you work through your issues/insecurities/dilemmas, especially if you find it hard talking to people like I do. You don’t even need a fancy notebook. You can use your phone or just a piece of paper. It doesn’t matter.
Vent a little – If it helps, get your issues of your chest. Vent. There is really nothing bad about doing so. When you have a mental health issue, you would rather keep quiet than worry someone else about it. But sometimes you just have to and honestly, I think Lee is fed up of me by now!
Know that you ARE good enough and deserve to be happy – My final point for you today is to remember that you are good enough. Why do you put everyone before you? You need to know that you deserve to be happy too. Don’t ever forget that. Don’t ever forget that.
So, there you have it. 28 serious hacks for your mental health. Remember – don’t ever give up. Why? Because you deserve a chance at life too.
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