Did you know that mental health is JUST as important as your physical health? These two basically go hand in hand in order to achieve a happy life! Having a good state of mind improves your sense of well being and improves your ability to function in everyday life confidently, especially when a challenge arises. I find that if I am in a positive mindset it also helps me to smash out my workouts and feel better about exercising!
Accept Yourself for Who You Are
Many people struggle with low self-esteem and a low sense of self-worth. I can totally understand this as we are faced with examples of what ‘beauty’ is meant to look like on almost every social media platform and media outlet. It can be hard to love ourselves when we are constantly comparing ourselves to others. Whilst I encourage you, girls, to always strive to be better, to be healthier and to be happier - you need to understand you can only do it for you and no one else. You were born the way you were for a reason because you are unique. No two people will ever be the same, so there is no point trying to be someone else. If you focus on being the best version of YOU, you will feel so much happier as you aren't constantly comparing yourself to others.
This may seem like a cliché, but it is SO important. If you eat a diet of highly processed foods that have little nutritional benefit, you are doing your body an injustice. Eating clean, healthy, wholesome foods allows your body to function at it’s absolute BEST and in turn, this will make you mentally happier. Processed foods are filled with many chemicals that can affect your brain in a negative way. If you are constantly stressed try to cut out caffeine and foods high in salt and sugar. You will feel so much better!
Surround Yourself with Positive People
Surrounding yourself with friends, family, and people who are positive in general will give you a greater sense of well being. Take the time out of your busy schedule to socialize with your friends, go out and try new things and have fun! Feeling appreciated, loved and laughing helps to keep your mental health in check. Having positive people surrounding you also encourages to strive towards your goals and be the best version of you possible. Remember, if someone isn't making you happy then it may be a ‘friendship’ you don’t really need!
Appreciate the Little Things
Our lives these days can be so hectic, we are constantly plugged into our phones which are feeding us news from every corner of the globe. This can get overwhelming at times and we may forget what is really important in life. Take the time weekly to slow down, put down your phone, unplug the laptop and go out for a walk. Take everything in, without doing it through your phone screen. Say hi to a stranger, enjoy time with your pet or simply meditate. Doing this a few times a week may help you feel more relaxed and happy.
Find a Hobby
It is so important to develop multiple skills and hobbies over your lifespan, these give you a purpose in life and give it meaning. If all you do is work or study then go home and repeat the cycle, eventually you may feel underwhelmed with your life. Doing things that make YOU happy helps to keep your mind happy. This may change year to year, but as long as you have something to look forward to - you will feel more positive!