10 Ways To Look After Your Mental Health In Stressful Times

It’s so easy to get caught up in the craziness of life, juggling family life with work, socialising, sports and everything else that’s thrown at you but what’s really going on in your head when you’re trying to single handedly rule the world?

Your brain can get quite confused when you’re trying to juggle too many thing at once resulting in physical illness – your body’s way of telling you to take a break but with these 10 simple steps you can avoid total burn out by keeping calm and carrying on!

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1 – Don’t be so hard on yourself. One of the most crucial things to remember during a stressful situation is that you’re only human and can only do so much. If the house is messy or you haven’t washed your hair in a couple of days it’s OK. Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Breath deeply, assess what’s really important and try and only take on one task at once.

2 – Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your friends, relatives and professionals are all there ready and waiting to listen to your problems. A problem shared is a problem halved.

3 – Socialise! Even when you don’t feel like it, getting out and about and seeing friends will make you feel a lot better and give you purpose when you feel like everything else is going wrong.

4 – Work out. Hitting the gym gets your heart racing and makes you tired enough to get a good night’s sleep, as well as all those amazing endorphin’s that race around your body after a good workout.

5 – Cut down on alcohol, drugs and other stimulants. Be engaged in the present and don’t take anything that can warp your reality, no matter how tempting it may be.

6 – Be aware of your mental health. Know when you’re getting stressed

7 – Try to get as much sleep as possible. A good night’s sleep can really set you up for the day and when you’re resting you body is busy repairing itself, that goes for your brain too.

8 – Eat a balanced diet. What you eat effects more than just your waistline, treat your body like a temple and nourish it instead of feeding it junk.

9 – Don’t be afraid to seek professional help. The right care is there if you feel you need it, never be ashamed of reaching out.

10 – Use lists to keep on top of things. Not only will you be more organised but you will get a great sense of satisfaction as you tick things off your to-do list.