How to be Kind to Yourself
- Make sure that you have a hobby that you can do everyday When I say hobby, it can mean anything from exercise to playing a video game. Everyone needs to be able to relax and take their minds off of their problems. When you feel stressed at work, what do you do to calm down and get back on track? This is something that everyone should think about. This is essential to mental wellness.
- Start Journaling
A lot of clients tell me that they have a hard time writing in a journal. A journal can be a great tool for your mental health. When things are going great, write down what happened that day. When you are feeling depressed, go back over your journal and look at what was working for you during that time. The journal helps to track your mood and can provide some insights into what is going right and wrong. Bring your journal into individual counseling. The therapist can use the journal to help provide you with some insights.
- Use mental health apps to help you stay on track
The ones I recommended are Calm, Buddhify, Pacifica, PE Coach, PTSD Coach, and CBT-I Coach. These mental health apps are like having a therapist in your pocket that is available 24 hours a day. They are based on proven techniques that work long term for people.
- Begin to exercise everyday
I know that most people have heard this before, but even walking for 30 minutes per day is beneficial to your mental health. By walking outside everyday, this can help with depression and sleep. Getting sun helps to increase the melatonin in your brain which assists with sleep at night.
- Spend time with friends
Make sure that you have two friends that you can call and lean on when you need someone to listen. By scheduling time with friends twice per month can help with your mood. Go to the movies, out to dinner or just hang out with your friends at the beach.