Hi everyone, excited to share another post for #Causeachatter. My theme for #Causeachatter blogging campaign is #Mentalhealthtalk and with this theme, I am sharing different ways to improve your mental health.
In this post, I am talking about “Self-love”. Self-love is one of the most important elements that can offer various benefits for your mental health and overall being. But sometimes, it remains ignored with hectic lifestyle.
How can practicing self-love improve your mental health? And what are some easy yet powerful ways to practice self-love? Read the post to know more.
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”- Lucille Ball
So true, self-love is one of the most important elements of our happiness and overall well-being. Though traditionally self –love is often considered as an act of selfishness. It has been taught to us that if we are not working hard for our duties and taking care of others, we are being selfish, we are being narcissist. But it is not the complete truth; actually, self-love is the act of “love of self” or “regard of one’s own happiness or advantage” that helps in releasing negative thoughts and criticism towards you and embracing more loving thoughts.
Research has shown that practicing self-love has so many advantages such as better mental health, increase happiness and productivity.
Personally, I have observed that whenever I feel depressed or overwhelmed by pressurizing responsibilities, the only thing that pulled me up and out is drenching myself is self-love. But during practical life when we had tons of duties and responsibilities, practicing self-love can be challenging for so many of us.
Here I am sharing some of my favorite “self-love strategies “that helps me a lot to feel happier and positive during everyday life and keep me mentally healthy.
Self-love and mental health
5 easy ways to practice self-love that can improve your mental health!
Create a self-love ritual
Like all other important things, it is equally important to plan your self-love or self-care ritual. Pre-planning and organizing a scheduled time will help a lot to get de-stressed and relieving routine tensions. Self-care ritual activity could be different for different people. For me, it is always about spending some quite moments of prayer with God and practicing yoga and meditation. These few moments of self-care provide me an instant energy and I had better ability to perform my duties and responsibilities.
Planning and enjoying “Self-care” ritual is one of the best ways to practice self-love and improve your mental health.
Go for a nature walk
Nature is the creation of God. Scientific studies suggested that nature has a sort of healing properties, it relieves tension, anxiety and reduces blood pressure, ease the muscle tension. Taking in the sights and sounds of nature improve mood and relive the anxiety. As a mom, we have to deal with multiple responsibilities and this pressure of multiple responsibilities often creates a state of mental and physical exhaustion. Whenever I feel that I am feeling tense and overstressed, I try to take a break and spend some time with nature.
Even a short break as a nature walks even in your backyard had a significant psychological benefit. Nature is a positive distraction, which makes us calm and happier.
Be creative and focus on your hobby
One of my favorite ways for stress relief and get involve in self-love, is the being creative and doing the things that I love to do. I believed when we engaged in any form of creative activities, we had a state of complete mental involvement in something and that works like a meditation. It has a great potential to reduce stress and can alleviate the burden of various psychosomatic disorders. It is best creative way to release negative emotions in our otherwise hectic life. And in long term, it offers many great benefits for our mental health and well-being.
Eat healthy and exercise regularly
During every day hectic life, we often get more focused on our jobs and responsibilities and involuntarily ignored our health. And this ignorance causes a wreaking havoc on our physical and mental fitness. It may cause nutritional deficiencies, muscle pain, weakness of the immune system. This thing may lead to a state of chronic stress that is very harmful and make our body to vulnerable to other systemic infections. pre-plan your daily routine and schedule some time for proper healthy eating and exercise is must to keep our body system healthy. These basic steps offer great benefits for our physical and meatal health.
Scientific studies suggested that exercise produces endorphins (good neurochemical) that help in building stamina and mood lifting. Even 5 minutes of aerobic exercise provide excellent health benefits. nutritious healthy diet helps in strengthening of our immune system and makes our body strong enough to deal with stress.
Enjoy your life fullest
Last but not the least tries to enjoy each and every moment of life. Sometimes, when we had too much to do and feel piled up with tasks. With this over pressurizing schedule, we often forget to enjoy tiny sweet moments of joy and happiness; everything seems like a burden for us, and create a state of unhappiness and dissatisfaction.
To break this cycle, it is important to enjoy small moment of joy and togetherness with our dear ones. This simple thing can make a huge difference in improving our mental health and overall well-being.
These were some easy ideas to follow a “self-love” routine that can help a lot in improving your mental health. What are your thoughts? Please share with me.
This post is a part of #CauseAChatter with Blogchatter.