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| Mental Health Guide

Updated: Apr 21, 2021

Mental and Physical well-being, now more than ever NEED to be a priority.

As someone who has worked very hard to come up with a routine to stop my mind going to a dark place and stop the anxiety creeping in, this post is something very close to my own heart. I have come up with a 10 step strategy to help promote mental wellness and to significantly reduce stress, anxiety and depression. This should be used on a daily basis as maintenance.


Top 10 tips for mental wellness


 

1 Meditation


Meditation has been proven to help reduce levels of stress anxiety if carried out on a daily basis. Stress causes increased levels of the stress hormone called cortisol.

This produces many of the harmful effects of stress, such as the release of inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines. Inflammation is BAD!

These effects can disrupt sleep, promote depression and anxiety, increase blood pressure and contribute to fatigue and cloudy thinking.


A study compared electrical activity between the brains of people who practised mindfulness meditation and the brains of others who did not.

Those who meditated showed measurable changes in activity in areas related to positive thinking and optimism.


Check out this great documentary video from ABC Science on the effects of meditation
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Meditation can be done lying down or sitting upright.

I love going on YouTube and using a guided meditation these are great especially if you are new to meditation. I would highly recommend getting the kids involved too as it is an amazing tool to have throughout your life especially during times of heightened stress or feeling overwhelmed.






 

2 Set a to-do list


One of the most important reasons for keeping a to-do list is the organisation. Organising your tasks with a list can help you from feeling out of control and can give you a sense of feeling grounded . Seeing a clear outline of your completed and uncompleted tasks will help you feel organised and stay mentally focused.


When I do my list I usually do:

3 work / business tasks

3 house maintenance /family tasks

3 Personal tasks

I try not to do more than that otherwise it can get overwhelming or very disheartening if you don't get them all done!

quick tip : if you have big tasks maybe write down 1 or 2 tasks in that section on that day.

If you can make one of your tasks easy or something you can do as soon as you get up you will get a feeling of satisfaction and it will put you in good footing for the rest of the day.