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How to improve your mental balance

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Do you ever think, why do you feel so stressed? Do you ever wonder what you could do, to help yourself be calmer?

Having some self-strategies in place for managing your mental health and anxiety is crucial for maintaining a positive outlook and getting through these uncertain times.

Here are few tips from me to you:

  • Keep a gratitude journal – When you are feeling anxious or worried, it is important to acknowledge that you feel this way. A great way of letting go of negative thoughts is journaling. Allocate some time during the day when you can write down all your thoughts and feelings. Then put your notebook away and shift your focus and attention to something else.
  • Structure your day – Having a routine in place during the isolation period can help you stay on top of your tasks and feel productive. Before you start your day, set your intention for the day and have something to work towards. If you are struggling to get things done, that is okay. It is important to start small, make small improvements each day and be kind to yourself.
  • Focus on the basics – If you are struggling with your mental health, it is important to look after your physical health by getting enough sleep, following a balanced diet and staying active to help you regulate stress and hunger, and to support your immune system.
  • Access to information – If you are struggling with anxiety and worry, limit your exposure to news and social media. Use trustworthy resources to stay informed on the current global situation. This will help you keep a realistic view of the crisis, which in turn will allow you to maintain a healthier mindset.
  • Eat well – Nourishing your mind and body with high quality nutrients can significantly change the way we think and feel, and be a huge benefit for anybody struggling with mental health. Learn a new recipe and eat regular meals high in vegetables, good quality protein and healthy fats.
  • Embrace the nature – spending as little as 10 minutes a day in nature can enhance feelings of happiness and reduce stress. Plus exposure to the sun can be a great way of topping up your Vitamin D levels to boost your immunity.
  • Meditate and breathe – Meditation is a great way to calm your mind, improve your sleep, and stay grounded in the present moment when overwhelming thoughts arise. Practice mindfulness techniques regularly, such as deep breathing. When you start to feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, take a 5-second breath in, and slowly let it out. This breathing will help your blood flow and help you feel more relaxed.
  • Sleep – make sure you are getting the amount you need. Enough sleep can help you feel confident and capable about the tasks in the day ahead. Too little sleep will leave you feeling physically and emotionally low from the minute you get up.
  • Love yourself first – Without loving yourself, it is impossible to love the others. Value yourself and take a few minutes to reflect on what you have done well. Take pride in any compliments that you receive and remember to say thank you!

I am sure there are many more techniques out there for you. It is up to you, what you would pick.

Namaste

Ms. Bronislava

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