Another lockdown is upon us and honestly, if you’re feeling angry, stressed, anxious, emotional or anything like that it’s ok because trust me you’re not alone in that. These times are so tough, we may have them days where we simply don’t want to do anything, that’s ok. You don’t have to be putting in your all every single day. You need to have days where you just take a break from everything, switch off the news, take yourself away from social media and just be there for yourself.

Just remember to tap into your own mental health and check up on yourself, don’t go juggling everyone else’s emotions and burn yourself out. But, make sure to check in on those you love as that will not only help you feel better but them too. Taking care of yourself is so important and even more so right now, it doesn’t have to be too complicated, it can be really simple. When we need it most, it’s vital that we do take care of ourselves, even if we don’t feel like it. Even the littlest of pick me ups can do a world of good and we all need that right now. 

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1) Laugh more

Something as simple as laughing can do your mind and body a whole world of good. We often, get so caught up in our emotions we forget to just sit back and laugh a little more. There are also so many benefits in regards to laughing and just smiling in general. Laughter relaxes your whole body, it relieves tension and stress and leaves your muscles feeling more relaxed. Not only that, but it boosts your immune system, it triggers the release of endorphins, it also relieves that heavy load of anger and stress you might be feeling.

In general, it’s just great to laugh, it’s even better doing it on the days when you truly aren’t feeling yourself. Whether, you’re laughing with others, or you put on a funny film, or you find something that you know will make you laugh. It’s important to let yourself laugh sometimes, it doesn’t matter how you look or sound, what matters is that you’re happy. It’s so infectious when you laugh and smile too, it spreads positive energy to those around you and brings in this really joyful atmosphere. So, if you’re feeling down in the dumps, try and laugh a little as that itself is such a great way to take care of yourself.

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2) Cut out the negativity, sort through your social media

Negativity, something we all have in our lives and something that really does get us down. One of the most toxic things we can do to ourselves is to keep that negativity in our lives. If you feel like you’re constantly being bombarded by negativity or toxic people, cut it out. It’s not selfish to put yourself first and realise who brings a positive light to your life and who doesn’t. It’s important to cut out the negativity, as soon as you realise it’s affecting you in a bad way. This doesn’t even have to be with just people in general, social media is also a big culprit with negativity and making us feel down.

But, we can avoid that and we can do this by getting rid of any negative accounts or people we follow, or in general just cutting back how much time you spend on it. It can be very mentally draining to constantly be on social media every single day, just take a break from it. Even if it’s just for an hour or even a day if you can, you will notice a difference in how you feel instantly and it will make you feel more relaxed and less stressed through the day. Being able to be strong enough to just cut out the negativity, will make you feel so much better in the long run.

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3) Invest in self-care

Self-care, we hear about how important it is to invest in all the time, but honestly, it really is and we often misunderstand just how good it really is. Even the simplest of self-care can really put a smile on your face and make you feel happier. It’s vital to have time to yourself, it’s one of them things that is truly a necessity. For self-care, you can do things such as have a bubble bath, cook a yummy meal, watch your favourite movie, get an early night, play a game, do some cleaning and so much more. Something, that is a great gesture for yourself is just to buy yourself a little something.

Perhaps, a bunch of flowers, chocolates, a new outfit, cosy pj’s things like that don’t splurge but it is nice to have a little pick me up. You don’t always have to think too much outside of the box, it can simply just be getting cosy and watching a film. If you start to take your time with self-care you’ll feel yourself feeling more creative and productive. It will make you feel more confident in yourself, your self-esteem will be boosted and you’ll feel better in yourself in general. Another few amazing self-care tips are eating healthy, exercising, getting outside and getting enough sleep is so important.

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4) Check in with your emotions

Sometimes, when we get really stressed or upset about certain things we forget to actually check in with our emotions. We forget to do check in on our emotions and to be able to just do that mental health check. It’s vital to check in on your emotions once in a while. It’s an important skill to have and it helps you to be able to manage certain emotions in the future. A tip is to help yourself understand exactly why you’re feeling like this, if there are any triggers that have caused you to feel like this, when you understand them, you can then take it in your power to avoid them.

It helps you feel more in control, emotions can really affect our mood and behaviours, if you’re feeling angry, anxious a lot it can have an impact on many things in your daily life. If you begin to realise you’re in control of how you feel, you’ll begin to feel better. If we begin to struggle to actually understand why we feel unhappy, this can then lead to unhappy thoughts. If we get in touch with our emotions, it means it can make it that little bit easier to ask for help when we need it most. Once you realise what is going on with your emotions, you then can then reach out for help and won’t feel so alone.

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5) Stop burning yourself out

Now, we’re all guilty of this, way too much we get to a point where we completely burn ourselves out. It’s not good, it’s not good for our bodies or our mental health. It can put such a strain on everything and make you truly feel like you’re at your lowest. If you’ve got to that point where your energy is low, you’re not taking care of yourself, you’re completely cutting yourself off from the world, you’re sleeping way more then you should be, these could be signs you’re beginning to burn yourself out.

Don’t let yourself get to that point where you truly feel done, instead avoid it as much as you can if you feel yourself burning out. Take a breather, take a day off, have a self-care day, focus on yourself. At the end of the day, one of the most important things in life is that you take care of your mental and physical health. Sometimes, we can’t avoid it and we will get to a point where we feel very tired, down in the dumps and extremely anxious. It’s important, that if you do get to this point, you take care of yourself, tap into your mental health, do something you enjoy or treat yourself to something you love.

These times are very hard, just remember to please take care of your bodies and mind, check in on yourself and your loved ones and remember you’re not alone in any of this #mentalhealthmatters.

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