I think we can all agree that working hard feels good. Putting in the time and effort eventually pays off, and we can rest proudly. However, for many of us it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, or even find the strength to carry on when the work seems to become too much. Therefore, incorporating daily practices that allow you to focus on yourself and your own mental state are crucial.
1. Stay hydrated.
#WorldMentalHealthDay take care of yourselves out there kids stay hydrated POSITIVE vibes
— nadia (@nadiaamayo) October 10, 2016
It’s simple, but it’s arguably the most important — keep your body happy with water!
“Our brains depend on proper hydration to function optimally. Brain cells require a delicate balance between water and various elements to operate, and when you lose too much water, that balance is disrupted. Your brain cells lose efficiency," Psychology Today reports.
So there you have it. Next time you’re in need of a quick break, step away from your computer, grab a glass of water, and know you’re adding a little more balance to your day and your life.
2. Get as much face-to-face interaction as possible
It can be challenging to find the time during your work day to sneak in a meal, let alone a conversation with a co-worker, but HelpGuide.Org notes the importance of face-to-face interaction for the human brain: “Humans are social creatures with emotional needs for relationships and positive connections to others. We’re not meant to survive, let alone thrive, in isolation. Our social brains crave companionship—even when experience has made us shy and distrustful of others.”
While avoiding small talk in line for coffee might be your super power, try engaging with those around you when the get the chance. If you’re feeling a little out of whack, reach out to a friend to set up a dinner date or grab a drink. You just might feel yourself start to change.
3. Limit Screens
As good a day as any to remember that this world is a lot & it's good to log off/unplug/get off the grid for a little. #WorldMentalHealthDay
— Khloé Lewis (@Khloe_Lewis) October 10, 2017
In today’s society, screens practically run our lives. For many of us, we stare at them all day for work, so when the opportunity arises to disconnect from one, take it. The New York Times reported that disconnecting from screens before heading to sleep can lead to a better night’s rest.
"Go to bed when you are tired. Avoid extra light exposure from computers or televisions as you near bedtime,"the Times notes. Allowing yourself even an hour of reading a book or engaging in conversation with someone in person or on the phone before you head to sleep, allows your brain to turn off at a slower rate and can increase more awareness and allow you to sleep better.
4. Seek out new community
While engaging with co-workers and friends face-to-face is crucial in boosting morale, seeking out new communities is beneficial as well. Finding individuals who share your interests allows you to thrive and show off your best side and in turn, creates new relationships.
HelpGuide.org offers, “Spending quality time where you give yourself to people who matter to you, provides a sense of purpose.” And feeling like you offer value to someones life can do wonders.
Mental health is not a issue to be brushed aside — even when your time is money and work has to get done. Know that its okay to check-in with yourself and maybe try to practice a few small habits that benefit you daily.