Updated: Sep 9, 2021
Modern life keeps us very busy and occupied. We find ourselves ignoring the fundamentals like our health, family, friends, and the community surrounding us. Especially during these hard pandemic days, and colleges about to go back in session, the pressure on our mental health is immense. Building a portable mental health routine can help change your mindset and mental health in general to the better. By creating attainable daily routines, we organize our days in such a way that taking care of tasks and ourselves becomes a pattern that makes it easier to go about our days without the added mental pressure. Below are some of our top tips on building a portable mental health routine before your studies begin.
Start with small achievable changes. Changing up your daily routine all at once probably won’t end up with lasting results. Pick one thing each week to focus on changing. It could be adding something new and positive that does not have to be big, or cutting out a bad habit. This pattern of making small changes will eventually lead to bigger ones that have an overall more positive impact on your mental wellbeing. Small changes add up, but you have to start somewhere!
Get enough sleep, your brain needs it! Sleep is probably the most important aspect of keeping our mental health in check. Studies suggest that a good night's sleep helps foster both mental and emotional health, while sleep deprivation and insomnia set the stage for negative thinking and emotional vulnerability leading to a worse state of mental health. Building a healthy sleep routine before your studies begin ensures that your mind is well nourished to focus on your academics without any burnouts.
Get regular exercise. Exercising daily does not only benefit your physical shape. It also benefits your mind. Yes, going to school limits your available time, however everyone can spare 15 - 30 minutes of their day for minimal physical exercise whether it is in the shape of going on a run or walking with friends in between classes. Another added benefit to exercising daily is that it aids in better sleep cycles which further has a positive impact on mental health.
Get involved in your community. Surrounding ourselves with people who have similar goals and values as us can have a profoundly positive impact on our mental wellbeing. Simply socializing is a great way to build a support community. Other ways of getting involved in your community could include volunteer work, hobby groups, and mentoring. Studies around this topic found that being involved within a supportive community can help ease away negative thoughts, especially in communities where talking about mental health issues is encouraged.
Reward yourself for small achievements. Set small, easy to reach, goals and celebrate when you reach them. Have you added exercise to your weekly routine and worked out every day as planned? Treat yourself! When setting your goals make sure that they are within your capability and reach. Rewarding yourself even for achievements that may appear small can boost your overall mood and empower a positive mindset. If you're feeling anxiety or stress about the new school year, you are not alone! EaseCare (that's us!) offers free mental health assessments to help you better understand what you're feeling, and we can help you feel better! Book a free mental health or anxiety consult to get started. Let's keep the conversation going! Reach out to us on our Instagram, we reply to everyone and share tips, and knowledge for better mental health!