6 Important Everyday Changes For Your Mental Health

By Char Shields - February 13, 2019

Recently I've been thinking about how my small everyday actions, add up and negatively affect my mental health. I feel like I've been trying so hard to please everyone else, getting lost in drama and just forgetting to live for myself.


So I've made a list of things that I want to personally change in my life. Some of which I'm already trying and it really has made a difference. These are things I would recommend for a more fresh perspective on life.


1. Put your mental and physical health above everything else.

Nothing is more important that your mental and physical health. It's something that should be prioritised over everything. May that be your job, school work, university, etc. And who cares what anyone else thinks? Some of us are struggling to stay alive and we have to do what we have to do. We don't need to explain ourselves to anyone.

That being said, don't be mean to anyone because of this. It's still important to think of others but just politely say that you're having a hard time and need to just focus on yourself for the time being. 

2. Stop living to please everyone else and start living for you.

Coming off from my last point, you need to stop pressuring yourself to please everyone else. Something I realised was that I was trying so hard to please other people and not benefiting from it in anyway. I felt like I could never win which was so draining. These people were still giving me a hard time and it was just making me feel miserable. 

Just do what makes you happy, instead of trying so hard to keep friends who don't really care about you. Those who matter will stay. 

3. Take a step back from toxic people and remove yourself from toxic situations.

Something else I would definitely recommend would be to step back from the toxic people in your life. The people who make you feel bad about yourself, the people who manipulate you or even the people who just give off too many negative vibes. 

There's no need to bad mouth them or cut them out of your life completely. Just remove yourself from all of the drama and surround yourself with people who make you happy.

Someone once told me (and when I say once, I mean a week ago) that if you can count all your friends on one hand then you're a real winner. Because then you know your friends are true. Those friends invest a lot of time in you and love you and that's one of the most amazing things. It's quality over quantity. 

4. Pamper yourself and take rest days. 

Take days off and just pamper yourself! Throw on some comfy clothes, put on a face mask, paint your nails, watch a new series on Netflix or whatever it is you do to relax. Take a deep breath and enjoy some alone time. It's not healthy to put pressure on yourself to work hard every single day.

5. Take time off and escape if you need to. 

Sometimes one day off isn't enough and during a mental health crisis, having a week or so to escape from the stresses of every day life can make the world of difference. Whenever I'm having a hard time, I like to spend a week at my mum's in Cornwall. Taking in the crisp sea air and having cuddles with my pets always makes me feel better.

6. Make exciting plans with the people you love. 

It's always positive to have things to look forward to in the future. Make fun plans with your friends and family. Gigs, trips, parties, whatever it is. It doesn't even have to cost much money. Just having something to look forward to will make all the hard work seem worthwhile.


I'm sure there are more things I could list but these are the things that I've come to realise I need to change for the sake of my mental health.

Until the next time,

Char.

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