Happy New Year! As we kickstart 2019, there are so many possibilities with
365, 363 days to make our lives full of joy, fulfillment, achieve all our goals, and make it our best year yet. A lot of pressure right? Instead of a blog post of all the ways to make your dreams come true and raving about how perfect my goal planning is (not), I want to take away some of the pressure for 2019. Let’s start with our mental health and self-esteem. Here are 3 things to do for your mental health right now.
They are relatively easy and I promise you’ll feel better.
3 THINGS TO DO FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH NOW
Take a day to go through your social media accounts and evaluate why you follow someone. Do they still serve that purpose for you. Do their posts make you smile, inspired, motivated, or laugh?
Unfollow all the accounts that do not inspire or bring you joy
Odd coming from an “influencer” right? As blogging and being an influencer become more of a thing so has the unrealistic photos, expectations, and images of perfection. While there has been a shift to be more insta on Instagram, the platform is still predominantly full of highly planned out, edited content that makes me feel like shit. At first it was aspirational, now it’s just hurting my self-esteem.
So go unfollow every account that does not serve you.
- Does an account make you feel like you’re not good enough? Unfollow.
- Did so and so’s videos make you feel like overspending on things you cannot afford? Unfollow.
- Does that yoga account make you depressed because you can’t keep up with the unrealistic expectations of always breathing and staying calm? Unfollow.
Do my posts make you feel less than? Unfollow me. Yes, I give you permission to unfollow me. While it is never my intention to make people feel bad about themselves, if my content does not serve you, then I’m not for you. Don’t feel bad about unfollowing. We grow as people and what we enjoyed last year may not be what we enjoy this year. I use to aspire to be like the bigger beauty and fashion bloggers, but that’s just not who I am. I’m me.
Following these beautiful curated accounts was inspiring at first, but then I wanted to know more. Understand the people behind the beautiful images. If they do not share the reality along with the curated image, I don’t want it. This applies to all social media and content you consume.
TAKE TIME TO WAKE UP
The last few months I’ve made an effort to not look at my phone before coffee, five minute journal, and sometimes even after a chapter of a book I’m reading.
This allows me to wake up, take a moment before being inundated with emails, updates, notifications, and comments. The human brain needs quite. We need to unplug.
By starting my day with my favorite cup of coffee while writing down three things I’m grateful for starts my day off in a positive way. Having time to read allows my brain to imagine and be inspired before the work day.
Even if it’s just five minutes after your alarm goes off, do not pick up that phone right away and start scrolling.
I use to be a skeptic when it came down to meditation. Mainly I was afraid to having to stop and breath for 10 minutes each day. Taking time to meditate isn’t about being perfect, but about being quiet and still for as little as 10 minutes a day.
Our minds need rest. We need to just sit, breath, be still, and be present.
For someone who is very reactive (me) this has helps me slow down and take a moment for myself. I’m forever grateful for Philosophy for gifting me a year subscription of Calm.
More Reasons to Meditate
- Reduce Stress
- Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress. Meditation can also reduce symptoms in people with stress-triggered medical conditions.
- Controls Anxiety
- Habitual meditation helps reduce anxiety and anxiety-related mental health issues like social anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.
- Promotes Emotional Health
- Some forms of meditation can improve depression and create a more positive outlook on life. Research shows that maintaining an ongoing habit of meditation may help you maintain these benefits long term.
- Enhance Self Awareness
- Self-inquiry and related styles of meditation can help you "know yourself." This can be a starting point for making other positive changes.
- Lengthen Attention Span
- Several types of meditation may build your ability to redirect and maintain attention. As little as four days of meditation may have an effect.
If you know me, many of the benefits of meditation apply to what I need in my daily life. While meditation isn’t my favorite thing to do, the research and benefits are there. So I’m giving it a good try, 30 consecutive days.
I like to set time frames to try things full and re-evaluate after.
Will you be doing any of these tips to start your year off with a clearer mind? I’d love to hear about your goals for the upcoming year in the comments.