Happy ongoing mental health awareness.

All month I’ve been talking with people about adding self-care to their routine. We’re in the 3rd installment of my blogs for mental health awareness month and I’m happy to say that clients are saying they feel better having a daily task that’s all about them.

9. Say a positive affirmation. An affirmation is a thought you want to believe but don’t. Start with something manageable like “I am becoming the person I want to be.” Or “things are always working out for me.” You can add and make adjustments as you go.
10. Start your morning with a big glass of cold water. Hydrate your way to early morning self-care.
11. Play with an animal. Animals are calming and provide unconditional love. If you don’t have a pet, visit a shelter. It’ll make your day, and theirs too.
12. Make your bed. Even if this is the only thing you accomplish all day, it’s an accomplishment and it organizes you.
13. Watch a comedy. Take your mind off your problems with a lighthearted comedy. It’s a good reset.
14. Stretch. Get some blood flowing with a little morning stretch. Reconnect with your body in this gentle way.
15. Try some morning dry brushing. Use a medium natural bristle brush or loofah. Dry brushing improves circulation and helps move chi. Plus, it just feels really good.
16. Unwind from a stressful day. Trying relaxing music or binaural beats to help you relax and sleep better. You can also try playing some problems solving a game like Tetris or Candy Crush for 10 minutes before bed. This helps relieve anxiety and take your mind off your day. Then, put your device away so it doesn’t bother you.
17. Add some color! Try a new nail polish or bright shirt to improve your mood. Color has an impact on mood. Try blues and greens to relax or reds and yellows to motivate and enliven.
18. Learn to say NO. Having better boundaries will help you manage your stress. You do not have to be the “go-to” person for every project or crisis.
19. Switch your focus from mental illness to mental health. Start looking at what’s good about you.