When we think about improving our wellbeing, we often focus on changing out eating habits or getting in shape. However, improving how we thing or feel is just as important as working on our bodies. Taking some time in your schedule to pick up on habits that can reduce stress and boost our self-esteem can have a major impact on bad moods, anxiety, and troubles focusing. If you want to start putting more energy into feeling at peace, try these 5 ways to start prioritizing your mental health!
The first thing you can implement into your schedule is a 10-minute walk! Walking helps maintain your functional abilities to perform the basic tasks of life. Physical activity allows the brain to get into a better state which then changes your mood. The goal is to make sure you’re doing at least 10 minutes of aerobic activity at a time. Even if you have a busy schedule, you probably have at least 10 minutes of free time in your day. Figure out where and when you have time and then schedule in a walk or two.
Some ideas to implement a walk into your life:
During your lunch break: If you get a lunch break at work, schedule in a walk. It can be a spin around the parking lot of running an errand. Or choose a lunch spot that’s at least a 10-minute walk away, and you’ll get in 20 minutes, there and back!
During your commute:Try implementing some steps on your way to work. If you take public transportation, you might be able to get off at an earlier stop and give yourself a longer walk to work. Or in the parking garage, look into parking a little further away from the elevator, and take the stairs to your designated level.
When you take the time to focus on the good things in your life, you naturally improve your wellbeing. Making it a point to jot down all of the things that you are grateful for can take the experience to a whole new level. Having a gratitude journal is an easy habit to implement and after a while you are left with a collection of inspiring memories to look back on when you are in need of a pick-me-up. You can decide how long your list is each day and how much detail you want to go into. Showing your gratitude means you are acknowledging the goodness in your life and by writing these things down, you are able to feel more positive, enjoy good experiences, and build stronger relationships.
Over the summer you may fall into the habit of staying up late into the night as you’re enjoying time with friends and family. But, if your body is sleep deficient, it can go into a state of stress. Adequate sleep a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. When you wake up feeling refreshed, you can use that energy to remain productive the following day. A lack of sleep can contribute to depression. A good night’s sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety and get more emotional, mental, and physical stability.
The summer months also bring the opportunities to take the time to learn. There are so many books and classes that you can inexpensively attain to continue your self-development. Search for the latest podcasts to listen to while on your way to work or while you’re laying out on the beach. Or look into learning a new language. If you are traveling abroad, it can come in handy to be able to speak French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, or any other language. Learning a new language is a great accomplishment, and you could begin this summer break!
Lastly, meditation can turn you into a more effective business person. Mediation helps give you an edge when you are dealing with other people, whether they are employees, partners, or competitors. As an executive who meditates, you can learn to be calm and responsive, instead of frazzled and reactive. Perhaps the most significant benefit of meditation is your ability to remain calm and solve problems during a time of stress. Your tranquility after meditating often changes your perspective and allows new ideas to emerge. All in all, you will have a better understanding of yourself and your emotions, and thus, will be able to manage your team more efficiently.