While we’ve all been enduring this Pandemic; worrying about the future of our health, children, lifestyle, finances and loved ones, our mental health has taken a severe hit. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children. Aside from physical health, mental health is paramount to one’s entire well being, work production, relationships, self care and so much more. So today I’m putting blogging tips aside and focusing on 7 ways you as an entrepreneur can improve your mental health daily.
7 Simple tips to improve your mental health every day.
Stay grounded, feel balanced and improve your mental health in five simple ways.
People are starting to become more aware of the importance of mental health, and more importantly, they are starting to understand how to strengthen and take care of it as best as possible.
Much like you take care of your body every day by doing some physical activity or eating fresh organic, healthy food, it’s important to make sure you nurture your mind and emotional psyche on a daily basis.
Here are 7 simple tips to improve your mental health, day in and day out!
1) Stay organized:
Believe it or not staying organized can help reduce stress and improve your mental health.
With virtual organizing consultants like Marie Kondo, Becoming Minimalist Joshua Becker, and other de-cluttering gurus and trends sweeping up the nation, many people are starting to adopt a more organized and simplistic lifestyle.
This can do wonders for your mental health, and offer a wide range of benefits, such as enhancing your focus and emotional stability.
People living in messy environments are more prone to mood swings, stress, and depression.
Now, if you’re obsessed with cleanliness and keeping things organized to a point where you can’t tolerate any disorder, clutter or dust in your abode or office well then it’s possible you may be dealing with a condition called OCD.
Here are some symptoms and causes of OCD – or obsessive compulsive disorder.
If you’ve been working from home and finding it difficult, here are some tips to help manage:
2) Manage relationships in your life:
Whether it’s a partner, a friend, or a person at work, all our relationships have different dynamics.
Even during quarantine some of us still need to deal with other people on a daily basis. Just under closer quarters!
Some people can be a positive force in our lives, but others might drain our energy from us.
It’s important to protect your energy and recognize negative or toxic types of people and learn how to deal with them in the best way.
Many people are trapped in submissive or narcissistic relationships or have patterns of emotional abuse and codependency, which might damage their mental health in various ways.
If you think you are in a relationship with a toxic personality you need to assess how best to manage this by speaking with a professional to form a get away plan or have the person in question enter therapy.
3) Avoid too many distractions:
We live in the age of FOMO!
With so much noise pulling at our attention in every direction there’s many pretty shiny objects vying for our attention.
While it might sound like an innocent goof, getting distracted too often is a bad habit, which can seriously damage your attention span on the long term, and cause feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress.
Set some rules for yourself and try to minimize distractions while working.
Turn off the phone, the news, the radio, and the constant notifications.
4) Watch what you eat:
The food you eat might have a direct impact on your mental state.
Eating junk food and foods high in sugar or carb-dense food on a daily basis might be an immediate reward for your body: A slice of cheesy pepperoni pizza is delicious when you bite into it, but what happens after?
Lack of proper nutrients due to a poor diet, as well as other feelings such as guilt or shame for indulging in unhealthy foods too often, can contribute to an unbalanced mental state, as well as various emotional disorders.
Eating super foods and other foods packed with antioxidants, complex carbs and protein can give you a mental edge providing more clarity, energy and focus.
I find that certain foods infused with CBD help me to relax, especially at night, and allow me to be more prepared for a stressful day.
5) Wake up earlier in the morning:
Do you find yourself rising later in the morning when working from home?
This might sound like a big chore at first, but if you make an effort to wake up earlier, you will experience a huge difference.
If possible, set your alarm between 6 and 7, and allow yourself some time before you need to get ready for work or other commitments.
Waking up earlier and taking some time for yourself in the morning can be helpful for your emotional health and mental acuity.
In particular, 10 to 15 minutes of light exercise early in the morning can help your mental status throughout the entire day.
Can’t get to the gym? Here are some at home work out’s you can try.
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6) Drink More Water
Never underestimate the importance of drinking your water! It might affect you in ways you might not even realize yet.
We always hear about how important it is to drink enough water and stay hydrated.
Yet, many of us fail to take the necessary steps to maintain the proper fluid intake every day, and as a result, our health might suffer from it.
Here are some signs you might not be drinking enough water to stay healthy every day!
Drinking coffee, tea, coke, alcohol or other beverages with caffeine.
If you drink anywhere from 3 to 5 coffee drinks a day or drink alcohol several times a week, you might actually get dehydrated.
Even though you might be sipping on beverages consistently through the day, drinks such as coffee, tea and sodas – these can actually dehydrate your body.
Alcohol is a strong diuretic, which means it causes a person to urinate more frequently, therefore losing more liquid.
You can safely drink coffee and tea every day, and you should always drink alcohol in moderation. When you’re out for a wild night or you’re planning on drinking a bit more, make sure you offset your alcohol intake by also drinking plenty of water between drinks!
This will help you stay hydrated, and it might even prevent the downfall of a huge hangover the next day! In fact, the worse hangovers often come hand in hand with the most dehydration!
Try this and see if it makes an improvement in your energy and mood swings.
This can also help prevent frequent headaches
Many people struggle from frequent headaches or migraines. Myself included. If you find yourself suffering from such issues on a daily or weekly basis, you are probably confused as to what’s causing your headaches!
In most cases, dehydration is the simple cause behind most headaches. Try being more mindful about how much water you drink and also how much time you spend staring at the computer screen.
You might be able to see improvements quickly.
Take frequent breaks away from the monitor, cell phones and other gadgets with blue light. Blue light glasses can help while you work.
“According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) there is an emotional component in 85% of all illnesses! Tapping is the most effective technique I’ve ever come across for addressing those emotional issues and bringing the body back into balance.”
-Dr. Kim D’Eramo, founder of The American Institute of MindBody Medicine
Meditation can help you create a powerful awareness and and relationship with your body that can help you de-stress and cultivate a stronger balance in your immune system!
There are many things entrepreneurs can do to improve mental health during these very trying times.
Don’t forget there are many resources out there that can help during a crisis.
Visit our Covid-19 Small Business Resources page if you need additional help with loans, a new career and more.
Remember – there’s no stigma involved with mental health! If you or someone you care about needs immediate help with a mental help issue call the mental help hotline.
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