July 24 marks Self-Care Day, so today we’re discussing the importance of prioritizing your mental health and offering practical tips for how you can do this.
So often we’re quick to prioritize our physical health such as movement breaks or exercise, but to keep your body and mind healthy, taking time for your mental health and well-being is just as important.
To support you in prioritizing self-care, our knowledgeable clinical psychologists from our Ontario Structured Psychotherapy (OSP) program offer six ways you can begin to prioritize your mental health starting today.
Try to find a moment or more each day for yourself. Whether it is three deep breaths of fresh air, eating something enjoyable for lunch, or texting with a friend, it is important to take some time to step out of autopilot.
Find ways to move your body every day, like going for a walk, dancing, or engaging in a sport you enjoy. Being active often makes us feel happier and less worried.
Connect with Others
Keep in touch with your friends, family, or people who support you. Talk to them, share how you feel, and ask for help when you need it. Having people in your life who care about you is important for maintaining positive mental health.
If you are looking to meet new people and connect with your community, check out CMHA’s Community Connections calendar for upcoming workshops and fun outings.
Know Your Limits
It’s okay to say no sometimes and put yourself first. Set boundaries for yourself so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Finding a balance between your personal life, work, or other competing demands is important for your well-being.
Make Time for What You Love
Make time for activities that make you happy, like reading, painting, gardening, or playing music. Doing things you enjoy helps you relax and feel less stressed.
Sometimes we can put undue pressure on ourselves, which often leaves us feeling like we are not good enough. What is more likely true is that you are doing the best you can and that is all anyone can do!
Take time to acknowledge what you have done in a supportive manner, including moments both big and small. Got the kids to school despite being exhausted? Great job! Feeling depressed, but still made yourself something to eat? Way to go!
We are all just doing our best and that’s enough.
It’s important to remember that there is no health without mental health – your mental health matters! Whether it’s five minutes or an hour every day, take the time you need to take care of yourself and your mental well-being.