I thought I would share some of the things I do to improve my mental health as its mental health awareness week. Living and working in London presents so many challenges when it comes getting the ideal work/life balance. I often find myself feeling overwhelmed which unfortunately is the norm for most.
My first couple of weeks of quarantine were probably one of my busiest and most stressful time this year because I suddenly had to try to sort out a gazillion things in a short space of time . Everything was rapidly closing down and I had pending tasks, which could just not be simply put on hold! It felt as though I was running around like a headless chicken.
So read on to learn what I have been doing to help me stay sane and be more productive.
Exercising – I took a break from regular exercising for some time as I was recovering from an accident that left me bed bound for over a month. This is when the importance of physical activity really hit me. I became so miserable and lacked motivation. Once I was able to hit the gym again it was as though I was a changed woman. I felt amazing not just physically but mentally. Being active results in chemical changes in your brain, which can help to positively change your mood. With gyms currently closed I am doing home workouts (I especially love the ones on the Pop Sugar Fitness channel) and Zoom yoga sessions with Ozlem Yoga check her out , she’s awesome.
Pic: Ozlem yoga
Learning new gourmet dishes – Whilst in quarantine I have been joining in on the Zoom cooking classes by private Congolese Chef Mick Elysee on learning how to make some of his many gourmet dishes. I have thoroughly enjoyed them and adding quarantine chef to my CV/resume 🙂
Creating new art – Art has always been my therapy so it’s been great just being able to spend one morning a week to just sketch and focus on a new piece of work. I am really into minimal art at the moment, I just find it so relaxing. I am working on a new range for my art website inspired by my new love of line drawing.
Daily affirmations – I purchased these wonderful affirmation cards from kikki.K stationery which I absolutely love! They promote feelings of self-worth and personal power to leave you feeling positive which is such a great start to your day. They also come with some blank cards which I’ve used to write my own affirmations.
Keeping a Gratitude journal – Everyday I write 3 things I am grateful for in my journal. Currently I am using the Cath Kidston positivity journal which I love. Gratitude has been linked with improved well-being and mental health, as well as happiness. There are also great journaling apps you could use instead such as Day One and Momento.
It is so important to make your mental health a priority as busy as life can be. What things do you do to improve your mental health?