Everybody talks about keeping their bodies healthy and in shape. What about the mind? You may not be able to see the mind, but it needs to be cared for too. If not more so! Mental illness can affect anybody at any time, and many people begin to suffer from things such as memory loss later on in life. I make sure I keep my mind as healthy as possible by doing the following things:
I Do Some Exercise
Exercise has the added benefit of keeping the body healthy, but that’s not what we’re talking about here! Exercise is amazing for stress relief, so if you’re ever having a bad day you should try going for a run or lifting some weights. It doesn’t even need to be intense exercise; you could try yoga or pilates instead.
I Eat Nourishing Food
Nourishing food is much better for the mind and body. Junk food and processed food soon starts to take its toll. You’ve probably heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’. This is true! Your body renews itself every so often, and it can only do that with the things you’re putting in your mouth. Make sure you’re eating nourishing food so your mind will benefit.
I Take Deep Breaths
Life can pass by so quickly, that sometimes I just like to stop in the moment and take some deep breaths. I take in my surroundings, think about the beauty all around me, breathe in the air, and then carry on as I was before. It’s always nice to live in the moment, rather than the past or future like most people do. You can always talk to a private psychiatrist in London, if you feel the need to.
I Say Positive Affirmations
If I’m ever feeling low or unhappy, I make sure I say some positive affirmations to myself in the morning. The mind is a powerful tool, so if you tell yourself something often enough, you will usually achieve it.
I Do Problem Solving Exercises
Problem-solving exercises help to keep my brain strong and on top form. I like to do Sudoku and Crosswords, but you can choose anything you like!
I love reading. Reading is like medicine for the soul! You can transport yourself to a whole different world for an hour or so, and forget about anything else going on. Books can teach us so much, both fiction and non fiction. I even have a psychologies magazine digital subscription. If you don’t currently read, try starting with an audiobook!
I Think About Things That I’m Thankful For
Instead of focusing on things you haven’t got or what you want, acknowledge things you’re thankful for. Do you have beautiful kids? An amazing spouse? A job you love? Make sure you appreciate them every day!
I Choose Not to Let Things Bother Me
When something bothers you, you choose to let it. Nothing or nobody can make you feel anything – you make yourself feel those things. Next time something happens that would usually annoy you, choose not to let it bother you instead. It’s much nicer!
I hope these tips have been as big a help for you as they were for me!