Evidence suggests there are 4 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
1. Be physically active
Best thing to get started, is just to begin with an online course, like yoga with e.g. Mady Morrison
It’s not time critical and you don’t need to take any preparations.
If you own a pair of running shoes you should try running. Super effective and you can listen to your favorite podcast, because in the beginning slow running is key.
Look up your nearest swimming hall and take a colleague with you for a after-work swim.
If you have a disability or long-term health-condition, find out more about getting active with a disability.
When you don’t manage to do anything active the whole day, put walking on your to-do list; treat this like brushing your teeth or having lunch. 10,000 steps are a good start.
2. Connect with other people
Switch off the TV or your computer and get to back to the feeling that there’s still another analog world.
Date yourself with friends, family and colleagues – and don’t cancel it.
Offer people your support. Start with your elder neighbor or check out platforms like Vostel (for Germany).
If you don’t have family and friends around, there are wonderful groups like MeetUp or Bumble BFF. You’ll be surprised how many people are in a similiar situation.
3. Learn new skills
An easy way to learn fast with great results: Learn cooking e.g. your favorite dish. Food Boxes are very convenient because you don’t need to go shopping and the portions have the right size. Try HelloChef in UAE or HelloFresh for Germany.
Try yourself and work on a new DIY project: Fixing your own bike or building a garden gate. Google is your friend and there are millions of YouTube videos to support you.
What about a new hobby? Painting can be done anytime and the invest is rather low or gardening in the mutual courtyard? Writing a blog about your latest travel or a new sport? There are so many great things to learn.
4. Pay attention to the present moment.
Daydreaming about the upcoming vacation is one thing. But constantly planning the future is another. This might lead to a constant need of having control over everything.
Focusing on the past means being stuck in something that already happened. It can’t be changed in the past, only in the present moment.
Remind yourself to be aware of the current moment. It’s called Mindfulness. If you have issues staying in the present, reach out; there are great books about this topic, that help you focus again.
Meditation is a great tool to break habits and learn how to stay present. This four-week-programm can be helpful.
Attention: If you’ve given some of these suggestions a go and you’re still struggling, it’s possible that you may have something more serious going on and it’s important to go see your GP. Your GP will be able to refer you to a mental health professional if needed.
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