8 Tips on How to Prioritize Your Mental Health | Self-Care With Gabby
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Welcome back to another self-care post. In this post I want to talk about how you can start prioritizing yourself and your mental health.
Mental health looks different for everyone. So feel free to adjust these tips to best suit you.
I have recently made the decision to take a break from social media. However, you will still see posts from me throughout the rest of this month. I realized that I haven’t taken time to focus on myself in a while. I finished school in December, and then I had a few months where I looked for jobs and took time to rest. I graduated in May and during that time I was preparing to start working in June.
Now you are probably thinking, ok you can just spend some time and focus on you. Let me explain why I am taking this break.
Last week was super exhausting and hectic. I ended up getting a little cold, I was working and trying to fix my sleep schedule.
We all have hard days and weeks where we struggle. But when you are constantly on the go you don’t stop to analyze how you are feeling. I don’t mean emotions but I mean how is your body reacting to the constant daily activities that we are all doing. How are you feeling mentally?
I didn’t realize that I was feeling stressed until I ended up getting a cold. After getting a cold, the rest of my week felt like it was moving really slow, I didn’t have any energy and all I wanted to do was stay in bed all day.
So I made the decision to take a break from social media because I want to prioritize myself and my mental health. I want to go back to therapy, I want to figure out my routines and really keep at them. I want to better myself.
If you are feeling the same way here are some ways that you can prioritize yourself and your mental health.
1. Take a social media detox.
Taking a social media detox is so needed. Maybe you aren’t on social media all the time but chances are that if you do use social media, you need a social media detox. This helps because we get so distracted by our devices and social media.
2. Reevaluate how you spend your time.
This includes your daily routines.
How are you spending your time? Are you working? Are you dedicating your time to helping yourself move forward? These questions are so helpful. We often get stuck in the same routines everyday. Maybe it’s time to change it.
3. Find a way to do the things you haven’t done in a while.
This could be therapy, something adventurous, something pertaining to a hobby that makes you happy.
I haven’t taken the time to do something super adventurous in a while. I haven’t been in therapy in almost a year. It is so important to go back to the things that bring us joy and things that push us out of our comfort zone. Maybe you really enjoy painting, pick up that brush and get creative.
4. Dedicate time to just have some down time
Something that we don’t ever do is get enough rest. I don’t mean sleep. I mean when was the last time that you did something relaxing. Go to a spa, get a massage, read a book. Whatever it may be for you, dedicate time to revitalizing and restoring your energy
5. Dedicate time to doing something creative.
I love making beats and working on different projects. However, I haven’t had time to work on those things. I haven’t had time to discover a new talent.
There is nothing better than crawling under the covers and sleeping. If your sleep schedule is just as messed up as mine, making sure that you work on fixing your sleep schedule is so important.
Think about what your current nighttime routine is. Do you have a nighttime routine? If you don’t now would be a great time to think about all of the things that help you unwind at the end of the day.
7. Check in on yourself
Nobody knows you the way that you know you. No one can tell you how to feel, no one can tell you that your emotions and mental health isn’t real.
Take time to check in on yourself. Meditate, set up a therapy session. Check in on how you feel emotionally, mentally and physically. Are you feeling tired, do you feel more energized.
8. Treat yourself
After doing everything mentioned above, treat yourself. Remind yourself that you are amazing. Remind yourself that you can get through any stressful week or day. Think about what worked and what didn’t work for you. Go out and do something fun.
We all need to prioritize ourselves, we need to focus on bettering ourselves so that we can come back and be the best friend that is always helping and supporting, the best sister, the best everything for everyone.
Take care of yourselves and spread love.
Have a great day and I’ll chat with you all soon.
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Gabby is a recent college graduate. She studied communications in digital media. When she isn’t busy with school, Gabby enjoys filming videos for her YouTube. She is very passionate about the performing arts, music, and acting. Gabby is also very passionate about advocacy and inclusion.
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