Quick TLC Hacks for Your Mental Health
Hack your Mental Health
you’re worth it.
May is National Mental Health Awareness month. If you ask me, I think it should be every month. Mental Health shouldn’t just be addressed when the shit hits the fan, but should be cared for on a daily basis. 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 5 children between the ages of 8 and 13 experience mental health struggles every year. It’s more of the norm than you think and it’s time we raise up and reduce the stigma. If you’re feeling mentally drained and need a recharge, try these hacks in making yourself a priority again.
Say Not Right Now
All too often when we are in a shitty place we say YES when we wanted to say NO or not right now. Before you commit to anything, gauge where you’re at. If you’re already mentally exhausted, extending yourself even further may not be what’s best. Sometimes you just have to say “No, not right now”, and that’s O.K. The thing to be mindful of is when to say No and when to push yourself. Sometimes, being around others can be helpful when you’re depressed and being alone may not be the answer. The dishes in the sink, loads of laundry, and the 100 social media updates - not right now, I can get to them later. A phone call that will emotionally exhaust you - not right now, I will call them later. We don’t live in a world of black and white and sometimes a simple yes or no won’t work. It’s OK to say, “not right now” and then get to it when you can. The most important piece is that you STILL do what you have to, but prioritize.
Re-Assess your Inner Circle
If you have friends, co-workers, and family members in your inner circle who do nothing but bring you down - walk away. Just because someone has been in your life for years doesn’t mean they have to stay there and it certainly doesn’t mean they have earned the right to be there (Now - we don’t want to push away the people that tell us like it is, we need them. We need the people in our lives who wants us to be the best versions of ourselves and stand by us through those times. When they are telling you something you don’t WANT to hear, but NEED to hear, it is because they love us). . As my wise husband always says, “People are people” - and he’s right. It doesn’t matter who they are, if they hurt you, if they don’t respect you, and if they can’t understand that you taking care of your mental health, then you need to disconnect and focus on yourself. Remember, if they are worth it - they will understand and want what is best for you!
Make Time For What You Love
When we are mentally drained and our mental health is struggling, we stop doing what we love. Each day becomes about surviving - getting by, but not moving forward. You must remember, you are NOT your mental health struggles, you are YOU. I have Anxiety and PTSD and when I’m anxious or in a dark place, writing and reading are my mental health hacks that give me the recharge I am looking for. Maybe it’s painting, cooking, or watching Game of Thrones on repeat. You may have to push yourself -force yourself to do something that once brought you joy, (yes, you heard me) because our minds remember. They are triggered by smell, sense, touch - so, if we are taking the time to do what we once loved, those emotions will come flooding back. The point is, try your best to do something each day that brings you joy - little by little, the light will get brighter.
I cannot stress this enough - exercise IS medicine for your mental health. When you’re in the dumps the LAST thing you want to do is exercise, but it is the MOST important thing you can do for yourself. You’ll never regret that brisk walk, but you will regret not doing a thing about making your life better. Getting active doesn’t mean you need to go into beast-mode (or maybe you do. A self-directed Ass-kick does me good) or do 6 Jane Fonda tapes in a row. It means that you need to get moving - walking, riding a bike, taking the stairs, moving in place, stretching - (you get the picture). Your entire perspective WILL shift. Your shitty-I-don’t-GAF about anything mood will change. Exercise is the one sure way to release those feel-good hormones that can and will completely transform your way of thinking. YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS! If you want, you can check out some of my tips for a successful exercise routine by clicking HERE.
Detox your liver
No, you don’t have to drink a disgusting green shake or take horse pills. When I’m at my lowest - my anxiety is through the roof, I can’t think straight, I just don’t feel myself - I take an Epsom Salt bath, but not just ANY bath. It’s planned out and timed perfectly. All you need is 20 minutes 3x per week and Lemon-Mint water (Drink the Lemon-Mint water after your bath. This aids in the detox process and ensure proper hydration- TRUST ME). That is it. When our bodies are stressed to the max we release Cortisol, a hormone that is suppose to reduced inflammation and help the body regulate its response to stress, but when we are constantly stressed it does the opposite. Too much Cortisol can wreak havoc on your endocrine-system and overwork the liver, causing a build-up of hormones which can leave you feeling sluggish and foggy-headed. A good ole’ Epsom Salt Bath can help unclog your liver and get you feeling a bit more like yourself. If you want, you can check out my Epsom Salt Bath HERE and get my recipe for the Lemon-Mint water HERE.
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*Disclaimer The Healthy Hackress is not a substitute for Traditional Medicine and encourages you to seek medical and or therapeutic support if needed. These Hacks were developed over time from The Healthy Hackress’ professional career and personal development. Under no circumstances should you substitute any noted Hacks or Remedies for required medical attention and should seek immediate care if needed.
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