Putting a focus on your mental, physical health and wellness simply isn’t a priority for so many. Life is busy and bustling, so you might aim to go to the gym a couple of times a week or eat as healthy as possible, but that’s it. Even if you are doing these standard things, you may still feel tired and burnt out. In this instance, it might be that your mental health isn’t being prioritised or looked after. If you’re nodding along, keep reading to see just a few of the reasons why you SHOULD prioritise your mental health more.
Self-care isn’t selfish
Self-care IS NOT selfish! When looking at your busy, errand-filled to-do list for the upcoming day or week, it can be hard to know where to fit in designated time for you. It may feel a bit strange to add that in as a part of your week, but it shouldn’t! Make that time a priority and even write down ‘go for a walk’, ‘read a book’, ‘social media detox day’ or ‘go to the beach’ into your diary or calendar to ensure these moments of whatever you deem ‘you time’ become a priority and aren’t pushed aside.
Strengthen your relationships
When you feel good in yourself and are prioritising self-care, your loved ones will notice. When you feel down and burnt out, sometimes this can be taken out on the ones you are closest to. You may even feel so exhausted that effort is lessened when it comes to your close relationships. When you feel your mindset shift positively and your mental health strengthen, your connections and relationships will naturally improve and strengthen too! And of course, don’t be afraid to let the people closest to you if you are struggling, because support and having an ear ready to hear what you have to say is so crucial!
Boost your productivity and motivation
Your mental health impacts so many aspects of your life! Whether it’s in relation to health, family, friends, study or work, your productivity levels will grow if you are feeling good! It is so difficult to feel satisfied, driven, or productive at work, when studying or when looking after loved ones if your mental health is not in a good place. Being kind to yourself and being open about your struggles is important. When your mental health negatively impacts your day-to-day life, this is when it’s worth considering the assistance of a health professional and ensuring you are working on yourself and your mind as much as possible.
Rest and reset
Sleep is so important to ensure your mind and body are rested. Your sleep patterns and mental health go hand in hand and impact one another every day. If you are consistently getting in 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, you will notice that you have a clearer mindset. Similarly, if your mind is running and stress or anxiety levels are high, you may have trouble sleeping. Putting the time and effort into doing what you can to improve sleep is one of the best ways to give yourself a clearer head. This may include lessening your screen time prior to bed, sleep meditations, reading or using a diffuser at night.
Your physical health depends on it too
It is no secret that high levels of stress, worry and anxiety directly impact how you feel in your body. The physical symptoms often associated with these struggles such as stomach pains, tightness in the chest or the shakes can be extremely debilitating, uncomfortable and painful. As mentioned above, if you find yourself experiencing these types of symptoms regularly, ensure that you are putting yourself first, and working on your mind by talking to a professional and voicing it to loved ones around you. Don’t do it alone!
Because you matter!
Why is prioritising your mental health so important? Simply because YOU MATTER! The list is endless when it comes to why you should put yourself and your mind right up the top of your priority to-do list. Over the past few years, many of us have had more time to ourselves than ever before, and mental health has been widely recognised as one of the biggest priorities of our time. So make sure you do what works best for you, and really take note if you are struggling. You and your mind matter!
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