LOOKING AFTER MY MENTAL HEALTH IN WINTER

I’m kind of in the middle of my own mental breakdown at the moment, a mid-life crisis feeling like I’m not good enough sort of thing. Lol, it’s a long story. I’ve just spent the past 45 minuites laying on my bed crying, I didn’t even want to drink my Pepsi Max because I thought that was accepting defeat. 

If this isn’t a blogger being REAL AS with you, I don’t know what is.

I’ve realised despite how disappointed I am I can’t let myself fall into a pit of sadness, so I need to take a few leaves from my own book. I need to take care of myself and my mental health to keep myself on a good track.

Here are some mental health tips I would give to you (and myself)

Get Up and Go Outside

If you stay inside every single day, then this can really affect your mood. Sure, getting up out of a warm bed can be difficult, especially when it is bitterly cold outside but if you layer up then you’ll soon find that it isn’t that bad. You will also boost your endorphins by going outside too, and this can help you to boost your mood when the shorter and darker days come along.

Have a Bath

Sometimes a luxurious bath with some of your favourite bath bombs can help you to warm up and pamper yourself. Warm baths can relax your muscles and it can also be a fantastic way for you to look after your body. If you want to take things to that next level, then it is always a good idea for you to visit the thehippiehouse.com.au. They have plenty of oils and incense available so you can easily make your experience that bit more enjoyable.

Moisturise Your Skin

Buy a moisturiser that has a great smell, and one that feels great too. This will stop your skin from drying out and it will also make you feel way better too. Drinking plenty of water will also help to keep your body hydrated, or if you’re a typical British gal like me have a good old cuppa tea and maybe add in a few bourbons too. 

Do Some Exercise

Going to the gym and working out may be the last thing that you want to do when it is so cold outside, but you should note that it can boost your self-care routine and mental health on various levels. Exercise is good for your body as it helps you to deal with stress and it also gets you out of the house too. You don’t have to go to the gym and do a full-on 2-hour workout, there are lots of low-level exercises you can do like: going for a short swim, walking your dog, doing some squats etc. 

Practise Meditation 

It doesn’t take long for you to meditate. In fact, when you do, you will soon find that you are able to reach a level of warmth on the inside and you can also support your mental health much more too. If you have never really meditated before then there are so many apps out there that you can download. When you do, you will soon find that you can reap all of the benefits without having to take a class.

Stay Creative

Being creative is always good for your mental health, it keeps thoughts and idea’s flowing through your brain. After creating something you will feel a sense of accomplishment, way more than if you’re to sit on the sofa and watch a whole season of friends in a day. 

Bryony

*This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own

 

 

5 Comments

  1. October 24, 2019 / 5:47 pm

    Recently I had a similar moment. Was questioning if I was good enough as a person. Sometimes just taking a step back from everything can really help!

    Vanessa x
    nessalexa.com

  2. October 24, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    Love this! Going outside, even if it’s just for a 10 minute walk, boosts my mood for sure.

  3. October 24, 2019 / 7:20 pm

    I hope you’re ok, make sure you take care of yourself 💛 I always try and make plans during the winter months to get me out of the house. It’s so easy to just stay in when the weather is cold… but on the flip side as you said a hot bubble bath is always a good idea!

  4. Ayse
    October 24, 2019 / 8:17 pm

    I love spending time for myself when I’m feeling a bit down and reading with a cuppa whilst doing a face mask is my fave!

    Ayse x

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