Self-Care and Your Mental Health
By Rachel Shouse
Taking care of yourself is key to maintaining good mental health. The importance of self-care has been spread more recently than it was in the past. It's well known that life can be busy and chaotic, but it's important to take care of yourself. Having hobbies, doing things that you like, and maintaining healthy relationships is so important.
Hobbies Can Be Fun and Productive
You don't have to be super creative or crafty in order to have productive hobbies. It can be overwhelming when you dive headfirst into your first craft store. There are so many different products and options. Do some research before you make a decision on what you want to do so you can avoid the stress.
Try to find hobbies that will actually benefit your life. Think about things that you could use. More and more people are starting to make a lot of household items themselves. There are recipes for dishwasher pods, laundry detergent, the list goes on. You could also find a way to make everyday tasks more fun or relaxing.
Do What Makes You Happy
You may run into a lot of advice and opinions when you pick up new activities. Some of the advice could be really helpful, so keep your ears open. Others may not offer great advice so be sure to listen to someone you trust. It doesn't have to be a big thing. Maybe it's spending time at night reading a book or writing in a journal. It doesn't have to be big in order to make a difference.
A big part of doing what makes you happy involves some self-confidence. You can't be terrified of judgement if you're dancing in your car. That would make it far less enjoyable. As hard as it can be, shake off the self-conscientiousness. Do what makes you smile, laugh, and see the joy in life again. Channel your inner child and be you.
Keep Healthy Relationships
Maintaining healthy relationships may not be seen as key to your mental health. However, each part of who we are and what we do tends to bleed into other areas. If you're unhappy at work every day, the people close to you are going to notice. Even an unhealthy relationship with a family member can cause damage in other areas of your life.
If you're struggling with a certain relationship, don't be afraid to get help. An unsolved problem is exactly that, unsolved. Until the problem is recognized and fixed, it won't go away. Handling our problems can be intimidating, scary even. Taking care of your problems is the only way to be rid of them. It may be scary, but you can do it.
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