Taking time to work on yourself
Your mental health can have such a huge impact, though, from your physical health to your job performance. So it’s clear something needs to change, and now is the perfect time to do it. It’s okay to prioritize yourself. Since it’s mental health awareness month, I thought I’d share just a few tips for working on yourself.
Get Up Earlier
Ugh. I know. It sucks to get up early, especially when you don’t sleep well or if you’re just not a morning person. Since I’ve started my job, I get up at 7 am every day. Having that hour in the morning to eat and slowly get ready makes such a difference, though. It helps my anxiety to have some quiet time to work on calming down and getting into a better headspace. Plus, getting up during the week has helped me wake up a bit earlier on the weekends, too!
Setting your alarm for an hour or so before you actually need to get up is a great chance to give yourself whatever it is your body/mind needs. If you want to read for a bit or write. It can give you time to drink coffee if you need a while before you’re ready to eat breakfast. A bit of stretching even for about 10 minutes before you get ready for work can do a lot for your muscles, and that has incredible benefits for your ability to keep going for the rest of the day. And I’m not just talking about how good it feels to shake the sleep off in all those weird positions when we first wake up!
Remember You’re Not Selfish
Taking some time for yourself when all you’ve done before now is give it to other people isn’t selfish. It’s actually the most giving thing you can do for both you and other people. It sets up boundaries and helps people to understand your limits, and how they can better support you in return because of them.
Take as much time as you need for yourself and do whatever it is you need. Don’t let anyone guilt you or judge you for it, but don’t guilt or judge yourself either! Whether that’s going to therapy, looking into Addiction Treatment Programs or even learning to say no to things when you’re feeling overwhelmed. You’re entitled to do what’s best for you, even if that isn’t what’s best for someone else.
Get Some Rest
A quick final point here. If you don’t sleep, you’re going to miss out on some very restful hours in which you can heal up a-plenty. Start to make it an effort to go to bed earlier, and make that waking up earlier a lot easier on your mind and body. Staying up late to cram for a test or working late on a project for work might feel like the only option, but it’s going to catch up to you in the end. Wearing yourself out isn’t going to help anyone, especially you, so give your body what it needs!
Working on yourself and your mental health depends on the amount of time you have to yourself, so make sure that you’re giving yourself the time that you need. You’re just as important as everyone you love. Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding as you would give your best friend!
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