Ways to improve your mental health

Hey readers,

I have spent a large proportion of my life living and battling mental health problems.

 I have experienced anxiety, depression, and OCD. 

So, I for one know how hard it is to manage and get on with living your life when you have hurdles to overcome.

 Here are some of the ways in which I try to help improve my mental health and as I am writing this may be helpful to you the reader.





Learn to be kinder to yourself.

This one is an ongoing problem that I struggle with putting into place, as over the years I have learnt to put myself down therefore it is much harder job to be nice to myself. I understand that this takes time so stick with it! 

 It is easy to batter yourself with the negativity especially when you're dealing with trauma. 

That said one of the ways you can do something positive in your life is to learn to be kinder to yourself. 

I bet if the situation was turned to a loved one I bet you wouldn't speak to them the way you speak to yourself. 

You can change behaviour though it takes time but needs to be practising to do so.

Take time out.

One of the best things for me when I am struggling is having time out to myself. 

 For me, I like to go for a walk with my headphones on. It makes me switch off from what is happening and just go somewhere else other than the situation I am in.

Set realistic goals. 

Goals are brilliant - they help give focus and something to aim for. 

However, the one thing that can occur for people is making goals that are too unrealistic and less likely over time to struggle to stay focused and reach their goal.

 So, when you do consider making goals have a big goal but then make micro-goals to help along the way to achieve that big goal.

 Another thing to take on board to reward yourself with something when you have reached a small goal.

 This will make you feel good and make you want to continue to the next level of achieving that goal.

See the positives. 

As a person who sees the world with an empty cup of water, it can be so hard to see the positives, sometimes you got to wing it until you make it.

 What I mean by that statement is that you have to force yourself to see the positives, write them down and find something even if it is getting out of the bed in the morning, that is progress.

 Habits are hard to break so get into forcing yourself to write down three positives a day, over time this will become easier to do.

Break up the monotony. 

Life can be boring at times so that is why it is important to do something now again that breaks that samey samey up. 

You don't have to spend a fortune you could go to the local park and have a picnic. 

It is refreshing to do something different now and again as it allows you to have something to look forward to.

What things have helped improve your mental health?

Cheers for reading X

3 Little Buttons
Musings Of A Tired Mummy

16 comments

  1. Taking time out for yourself is so important, but rarely achieved #globalblogging@_karendenbid199@gmail is

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  2. Great tips, I think taking time out for yourself is very important. I like to spend time reading or doing my crochet. My mental health has taken a real battering lately but I am at the stage of seeking professional help. I think another point would be not to be ashamed of seeking outside help.
    #mmbc

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  3. All wonderful suggestions. When I see them, I think of my running. Running is something positive I do for myself. It makes me feel good and gives me some time to myself. It breaks up the monotony in my day and allows me to see the posiives. It gives me time to think. Running is my therapy!

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  4. I suffer with my mental health and taking time out and just doing what I love and enjoy really helps #MMBC

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  5. Your number one is soooo important and I often forget to do it.

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  6. Such an important topic, especially at this time of the year when a lot of people can struggle - as always very honest, fair play to you! #globalblogging

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  7. These are great tips. I always find a nice walk or a swim helps me when I am starting to struggle. #GlobalBlogging

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    1. Popping back from #DreamTeam and #TwinklyTuesaday as I had already commented on this post, I left some comments on a couple of other posts for you xxx

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  8. Sam, you and I have so much common I just realized when I read your about me page. I have 2 boys, ages 6 and 8, and I have struggled with Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, and OCD for the better part of 20 years. I also write a lot about mental health on my blog...and parenting and fashion and lifestyle and anything that strikes my fancy. I love this post. These are great tips for anyone struggling with mental health issues or just regular life stressors. Thanks so much for doing the work you do on your blog. Sharing our mental health journeys to help others is very important work.

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  9. Great tips. Visiting you from the dream team link up. laurensparks.net

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  10. All very good tips. Light and getting outdoors helps me loads so I am going to invest in one of those SAD lightbox things. I need to do your last tip more. I heard Philip Schofield say something similar on a phone-in about being lonely recently on This Morning - said you should have a flag in the ground of something to look forward to on your bad days #TwinklyTuesday

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  11. Brilliant tips! Taking time out especially. I like to sit and do some crochet or get out for a nice walk in the countryside! Nature is a great tonic. x

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  12. Wise words, we are often our own harshest critic. If we wouldn't say something mean to someone else, whys should we say it to ourselves? Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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  13. All useful. The biggest things helping me are cleaning - I find it really therapeutic - and journalling. Getting everything written down is super helpful and its surprising what comes out. #twinklytuesday

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  14. Yes to all of these. We should definitely be a lot kinder to ourselves. I love your tips about taking time out for ourselves (which is a very difficult one to actually do when there is so much going on and so much to do!) and setting little goals. What a fab post. Thank you for joining us for the #DreamTeam

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