After 2 years in a pandemic, I think many of us can say it has taken a toll on our mental health. Let’s take this month to realign ourselves and focus on creating a more positive mental health.
Do a deep breath exercise (so many videos can be found on YouTube)
Catch up with a friend, whether it’s a text, phone call or visit.
Schedule something you enjoy.
Do 15 to 30 minutes of yoga.
Plan a healthy meal.
Take at least 10 minutes to read.
Go for a walk.
Take 20 minutes and do an at home spa, whether it’s a face mask, a bubble bath or painting your nails.
Watch a movie.
Write down 3 goals for the day.
Go to bed 30 minutes earlier.
Do a 5 minute meditation (so many videos can be found on YouTube)
Unfollow a social media account that is negatively impacting you.
Write a gratitude letter to yourself.
Do something you love.
Do a grounding exercise. One that can be done is know as “5,4,3,2,1”, where you name 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste.
Take a day off from social media.
Before going to bed, make a list of things you accomplished today, even if it they are super small accomplishments.
Try a new hobby.
Listen to a wellness/mental health podcast of your choice.
Take 10 minutes and search coping skills to see if there are any ideas you can try out.
Plan a date with a lover or friend.
Choose an affirmation to repeat to yourself throughout the day.
Spend 20 or more minutes outdoors.
Wake up a few minutes earlier and sip your coffee/tea without the need to rush.
Do a breathing exercise and reflect how it made you feel afterwards.
Take the day to do your favourite activity.
Journal your intentions for the day in the morning, and how it went once your day is over.
Research different ways to improve your mental health and take notes.
Have a phone detox from the time the work day is over.
Reflect on the last month of the challenge and congratulate yourself for completing it!