6 Things I Do To Improve My Mental Health

Mental Health & Social Media

Last year was a difficult one for me with my mental health. Without going into too much detail, one thing I really wanted to achieve this year is self-love and with that I wanted to write a post which includes all the things I do to help me when I’m having a bad mental health day, week or month.

Mental health is unfortunately still a taboo subject, but I want to join those who already are raising awareness for mental health by sharing a little about my experience.

I have a history of severe depression in my teenage and early adult years and have gone through some tough times in my 29 years of life. Without comparing myself, I will say that it could always be worse because let’s be real, it true, things could always be a lot worse and every day I am grateful for my life, family and health and I use this affirmation to start my day.

2018 wasn’t a great year for my general health with my chronic migraines and other symptoms resulting in many trips to the GP and eventually to a specialist at the hospital. My symptoms vary day to day but 99% of the time, I’m suffering with body pains, fatigue, sickness and/or a migraine itself. I’ve written a post about how I live with chronic migraines which you can read here.

Mental Health & Mindfulness

When you are having a bad day, finding just one thing to do for yourself can work wonders on lifting your spirits.  I have found, that by practicing mindfulness and self care regularly, I have more control over my mental health than I originally thought and this helps me stay positive even on those bad days.

If you are looking for some direction or inspirations with your mindfulness journey, check out my My Daily Mindfulness Journey and for what self care I use check out 8 Ways I Practice Self-Care Regularly.

LOVE YOURSELF & DO WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE

Remember to love myself by doing things that make me happy – cooking/ baking, listening to music, watching my favourite film or reading

TALK TO SOMEONE CLOSE

Confide in someone you feel comfortable talking to. This is a great talking therapy and a listening ear can do wonders even if you don’t say much, just unloading your worries or doubts to someone you trust can do the world of good

MINDFULNESS

Meditation helps me clear my mind, calm my anxiety and helps me come back to the present stopping me from worrying about the future and even the past. Being in the now helps me see situations clearer. Daily meditation helps give me a clear and positive mindset.

GET ACTIVE

Exercise like the gym, swimming, yoga, pilates or even a walk or a run. During exercise our bodies release endorphins which helps reduces stress, clears your mind and reconnects you to your mind, body and soul. Don’t let the word exercise scare you, find an activity that works for you, there is no right or wrong if it works for you.

SELF HELP BOOKS

Reading self help books (if you are like me), is a way I escape from the world. Self help books are a great way to help yourself through understanding your feelings and to understand mental health through what you can do to help bring positivity back into your life. I’m not saying after one book your mental health issues will go away, not at all. Mental health is always there, we ourselves have to find what we can do to help ourselves one step at a time and one situation at a time. Self help books can provide guidance. Keep a notebook handy to make notes and jot things down that stand out to you, so you can refer back to them when you need them. Having a notebook handy is also great for writing down your thoughts if you don’t feel like you can talk to anyone. Pen to paper is still a way of relieving stress and worry.

REACH FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PLAYLIST OR BOOK

Listening to music or reading a book, can help you forget the world. These sort of hobbies/ activities can really help to clear your mind of whats going on and making you feel anxious and depressed, even if it is only for half and hour or for the afternoon; by distracting the mind can help to make you feel happier.

What do you do to help you during a bad mental health day?

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6 Comments

  1. January 4, 2019 / 2:47 pm

    Love this post Pinar!
    I definitely agree that mindfulness and Yoga are great for your mental health! I try and do yoga every morning to set my mindset for the day.
    I can definitely sympathise with the migraines too! I’m sure you’ve probably tried everything under the sun but some advice just in case…I usually use a combination of 4head roll on, a cooling eye mask that can be heated (from The Body Shop) and then I take Boots Migraine Relief tablets Ibuprofen Lysine 342mg (it’s the only thing that touches them) and they are the exact same tablet as Feminax so great for that time of the month too.
    It might not help, but that’s usually what gets me through when I have mine. Hope it’s of help!

    Stacie xx

    • Pinar
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 5:52 pm

      Thank you Stacie 🙂 Yoga is incredible as I have young ones my ‘me time’ is in the evenings which is when I do yoga and meditation before bed which actually helps me sleep so much better. Now little one is at nursery I’m going to try and do both in the morning aswell. Unfortunately those products don’t really help, the cooling head patches come in handy if I’m on the go (not the best fashion look) I’m currently balancing my diet and prescription medication and I think I may have cracked it, fingers crossed. Thank you for your suggestions, if you come across anything else please let me know. xo

  2. January 4, 2019 / 4:29 pm

    These are really great tips, thank you for sharing Pinar. I also suffer with depression and find that music, reading and exercise helps me a lot when I’m having a bad time. I’ve recently bought Fearne Cotton’s new book Quiet and I’m looking forward to reading it, as I enjoyed Happy so much. Gorgeous photos btw. Great post, really enjoyed reading it, wishing you all the best for 2019 <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Pinar
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 5:47 pm

      Thank you Bexa 🙂 I’m going to get Fearne Cottons new book next as I loved the Happy one and the journal. I’m glad you enjoyed reading it 🙂 xo

  3. January 4, 2019 / 7:04 pm

    I love this post and am grateful for how honest you are in it- I had no idea that you struggled with your mental health but these tips are so helpful so thank you for sharing them. I love your affirmation and really need to start doing some myself.

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • Pinar
      Author
      January 7, 2019 / 12:02 pm

      Thank you for reading 🙂 xo

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