At the beginning of every new month, I’ll be giving you a few tips on some very simple things you can do to make a positive contribution towards your mental health! Remember, our mental health is just as important as our physical health and something we need to look after day to day. So, here are some things you can think about doing in March…
Sometimes it can be hard to maintain a positive outlook in life, right?! But research has shown that if we take a few minutes each day to think about, and especially write down, some of the things we are grateful for in our lives, then we can actually improve both our physical and mental health. I love to do this first thing in the morning so I can start the day feeling positive and thankful. So, what are you grateful for?
If you’ve read my previous articles about giving up my smartphone, you’ll know that nothing has been more powerful for me in improving my mental health than placing limits on the time I spend online. Technology has improved our lives in many ways, heck my business depends on it, but there is no denying that it has kind of taken over our lives! Allow yourself a certain amount of time online and then put those devices in another room for the rest of the day!
I remember reviewing all the photos for my new website last year and obsessing over how crooked my teeth have become. Then I copped myself on and remembered how lucky I am to have reasons to smile! A smile doesn’t just show the world you’re happy, it can actually MAKE you happy. Yes, even a forced smile makes our body release happy hormones making us feel more positive. Smiles are also highly contagious, so go spread some happiness!
Colouring books for adults have really grown in popularity. As well as bringing us back to the simpler times of childhood (ah good times!), colouring lets us focus on something harmless, forcing us to stop focusing on stressful, negative thoughts and giving our bodies and brains some much-needed rest! So, go grab some crayons and get creative!
Lisa Dunbar is a Nutrition and Health Coach based in Dundalk. Having used diet and lifestyle changes to help recover from physical and mental health challenges, Lisa is now on a mission to motivate others to live a healthier life.