7 Things I Do Everyday For My Mental Health

Aug 22, 2022

As I’ve gotten older, having a routine has become an important way to nurture my mental health. Science shows the positive impact that routines have on mental health like preventing burnout, better sleep, overall happiness, and more. Little things are what add up to big changes, which is why I do these 7 things every day for my mental health.

Journal in the Morning

I actually have two journals. One is dedicated to writing down one thing I love about myself and one thing I’m grateful for each day. It’s helped me learn to love myself and look for the little things that bring me joy each day. The other journal is my regular journal, where I write down my thoughts, process hard emotions, and write about my life. Here’s more about why I journal.

Listen to Affirmations

I started recording and listening to my affirmations about two years ago. At first, it felt awkward and silly, but now it’s become a time to center myself and get my mind right for the day. I use the ThinkUp app to do this. My inside chatter tends to be anxious and negative so putting good, healthy thoughts into my mind helps me mediate on my values, ground myself, and feel more calm throughout the day.

Make My Bed

Growing up, I never made my bed. But as an adult, I actually really look forward to a well-made bed. It helps me feel more put together and ready to face the day. When my bedroom is a mess, it becomes a stressful place which is the opposite¬†vibe of what I’m going for.

Take My Medications

This is a must! Take your meds people.

Regulate My Emotions

If I start to feel overwhelmed, I need to be horizontal ASAP. I just need to lie down. I don’t know what it is but cuddling up on the couch under a heavy blanket really helps reset my nervous system. I also use the box breathing method (inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds). There are other techniques I use to regulate my emotions … maybe for another blog post another day?

Read

I didn’t realize how much reading improves my mental health until this year. If I don’t have a healthy reading habit, something is off inside me. Reading helps me get out of my own mind, silence the mental chatter for a bit, get into another worldview, and experience a different way of living. I don’t know how it works, but reading books consistently is 1000% helpful for my mental health.

Bed by 9pm

No matter what I’m doing, whether it’s watching a show or reading on the couch, I start making my way up to bed by 9pm. This gives me enough time to let the dogs out one more time, tidy the living room, wash my face, and get into my sleepwear by 9:30pm. Then it’s under the covers and more reading time for me! This schedule helps me wind down and fall asleep around 10:30, giving me plenty of rest for the next day. Unless of course, I stay up late because I couldn’t wait to finish a book.

Final Thoughts

What I do every day for my mental health might not work for you. What works for you might look vastly different, and that’s okay! It’s all about listening to your body, your needs, and your inner knowing. If you don’t know where to start, maybe ask someone you trust or admire what they do to look after their mental health. Or do some research! The internet is packed with mental health resources and tips. But the best place to start is by¬†just trying something. A little trial and error never hurt.

What’s one way you care for your mental health today?

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by chaucee

Hi, I’m Chaucee, the hands behind the words on this screen. I started this blog as a college freshman in 2008 as a creative outlet while studying for my bachelor’s. Since then it’s grown into a way to document things I love and things I’m learning. Welcome : )

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