Mental health is something we should all be taking a little more seriously this year, especially since the pandemic has changed our lives in a lot of ways in the last few years. As we reach into the spring season and look forward to longer days, now is the ideal time to take some time out for ourselves and truly thrive in our life.
Improving your one mental health might seem like a tall order, and there are many ways you can invest in some self-care without spending too much time or effort. Even the smallest changes to your routine can often be enough to help you feel happier, and here are out top tips for you to try this week.
Eat more vegetables
It is so important to provide your body with all of the essential nutrients it needs to survive. If January has been a failure in terms of changing your dieting habits, February is the perfect chance to start over and improve your diet in small ways without compromising your appetite or meals. Simply replacing carbs on your plate with vegetables is an amazing way for you to feel healthier and happier. By eating more vegetables your body will function better, your digestion will be better, and as a result you will feel happier in yourself. There is a lot to be said by bringing some colour onto your plate.
Listen to a book
Reading can be a challenge for a lot of us, particularly when we are working hard and our lives feel fast paced. That’s why the ideal way to stimulate the mind this week is to listen to audiobooks. Rather than picking up and reading page by page, you’ll instead be able to listen to a book while you are doing other things and allow the content to flow into your mind in a much more relaxing way. Listening to a book is often much easier than picking one up and it is a good form of escapism when you are stressed.
Have a bath
One of the easiest ways to let your hair down and relax when you are pent up is to take a long, warm bath. A bath can soothe any aches and pains you have in your body as well as help to relieve the stress you are feeling mentally and emotionally. Take a long soak with bubbles and this will make a massive difference to you and your mental health this week.
Go for a country walk
Getting out and about is one of the best things you can ever do for your body and soul. Taking the time out to go for a countryside stroll will not only give you some exercise, but it has been proven that fresh air and sunshine has a profound impact on our mood and mental health. Make sure you think about heading out for a sunny walk this weekend and it will help to melt all of your stress away for good.