Mummy Mindset coach

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

5 ways to improve your mental health in small steps


It’s so refreshing to see so many people on social media promoting mental health and its impact. I recently read an interesting article (link below) about the emotional burden of being a mother and the impact it's having on women's mental health. It’s a sigh of relief to many that there’s an open dialogue now for women to really open up and talk about how they feel about the difficulties of motherhood. It's important for people to understand that women are carrying this burden of 'round-the-clock responsibilities' which is leading to a general dissatisfaction with life and a feeling of overwhelm.
If you’re suffering from any type of mental health issue, these small steps will help you on your path to peace as they have with me. Every mum has a right to prioritise her mental health and feel happy and supported.


Walking in nature
Going for a long walk when I feel anxious really clears my head and gives me some breathing space. No music, no podcasts, just breathing and absorbing my surroundings. Take yourself for a walk in natural surroundings like the beach or a park and focus only on putting one foot in front of the other.
Talking to someone
Sometimes all I want to do is turn to a loved one and tell them everything about how I feel and have them listen, feed me, and give me a hug. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a loved one, there are helplines that can be found on https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/helplines.htm if you just feel like getting something off your chest without any judgement.
Prioritise yourself and what you need
 Do you ever just want to not talk to anyone, stay in bed, and have a good cry watching The Notebook? Good, me too. And that’s okay - chances are if I give myself some alone time to recover, I feel all cried out the day after and can start putting some pieces back together. Crying is a release for me and I always feel lighter afterwards.

Practice gratitude every day
 It’s become a daily habit of mine to remind myself daily of what I’m grateful for every morning and night. It can be as simple as ‘I’m grateful for my health’. It might sound corny, but reminding myself of how lucky I am every day eases my anxiety and forces me to be present in the moment. There are people in the world who are happy with much less than what I have and it’s important to remember that a bad day doesn’t equal a bad life; this feeling will pass.

10 minute daily meditation 
If you’re suffering from anxiety, taking a 10 minute break to sit and focus only on your breathing can help lower your heart rate and give you some clarity. Google some meditation apps that can help get you started. One of my favourites is Headspace, and YouTube also do lots of free guided meditation videos. Find more information on meditation here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r9eRgLX770.


Please remember that not every mental health problem can be solved with a few small steps. Some problems take much more time, expert advice and sometimes medication. So please, go and speak to your GP or open up to someone who can help if you don’t feel like you’re making any progress.


Link to article mentioned - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/women-mental-health-motherhood-family-emotional-labour-study-research-a8740501.html
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