Monthly Self Care Tip

MOVING FORWARD

*IT’S OK TO SAY NO: As restrictions continue to lift, it’s easy to feel suddenly overwhelmed with having much to do and little time to do it. Although it can feel challenging to say no, politely declining a social plan or the request to work overtime is key to looking after your Mental Health. Prioritising your time and implementing your boundaries will help you manage the stress and anxiety of becoming overloaded with work and social plans. 

 *CLEAR YOUR SPACE, CLEAR YOUR MIND: Research shows that clutter increases our cortisol levels (the stress hormone) that can reduce creativity and focus. With a busy Summer ahead, taking just ten minutes a day to declutter your space may help alleviate feelings of chaos and anxiety. Taking time to create a clean space can help us in moving forward with our everyday tasks. 

 *TAKE A BREATH: When you find things feel out of control, take a moment to do some mindful breathing. Studies show that breathing exercises can actually improve cognitive function, encourage positive thought processes, and reduce symptoms of anxiety. The simplest breathing technique is to count your breaths. You start by counting 1 on the inhale, 2 on the exhale, 3 on the inhale, and so forth. 

 *ONE STEP AT A TIME: It is no secret that Walking has incredible benefits for those struggling with Mental Health, especially during our time in lockdown. But as things open up and inevitably we become busier, we may begin to walk less. Put time aside to keep walking, even if it’s for ten minutes in your lunch break or a quick stroll around your local park. Continuing to Walk will help us move forward, one step at a time!