Staying Healthy Mentally.

No, this is not the typical ‘drink more water’ and ‘exercise’ kind of post- and even though those things are so important- today I am going to talk about something that is overlooked by almost all of us; mental health. Often- especially in this generation that we live in- we tend to focus all our attention on physical health and making sure we ‘look good’ but we forget that staying healthy mentally is much more important than that.

When I talk about mental health, I mean how anxious and worked up we get because of what other people say/think, how we belittle ourselves because we think we do/say embarrassing things or simply how we slam ourselves for not completing certain tasks or goals. It is essential for us to understand that if we are not happy on the inside, there is no way we can glow on the outside, no matter how hard we try.

Acknowledging that we are upset on the inside and doing something about it is taking a huge step towards self love. So here are a few things that I do to lift me up when I feel low:

Make a Self-Care Basket.

The idea behind a self-care basket is to have a variety of all the things that make you happy, in one accessible place. The items that help me nurture my wellbeing are: my favourite inspirational books, scented candles, my journal, essential oils, pamper supplies and of course, chocolates!

My pamper supplies include my current favourite products from Rituals. I love how they leave my skin feeling super fresh and rejuvenated. I use the Face Exfoliator and Moisturising Mask twice a week; it’s like giving my skin a treat.

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The Brightening Face Exfoliator, Intense Moisture Serum, 24H Hydrating Gel Cream and Intensive Moisturising Mask are the products used in the ‘Boost your Skin’ 4-step process.

Meditate.

I honestly cannot express in words how serene this makes me feel. Meditation is something I religiously do every morning- even on the busiest of days when I get only 5 minutes- to keep me connected to myself and set the tone for my day. Once you start, there’s no going back. It is something I learnt from my parents and I am forever grateful to them for always teaching me the path of Yoga.

Journal.

This is something I have been giving high importance to, since the last 2 years. You realise how much it makes you grow; how much it calms you down. Writing your thoughts down on a piece of paper may sound so simple but the power it carries is sublime.

Whenever anything holds me down, I like to get it out of my mind and write it down, that way it no longer holds any power over me.

This is what I put on the first page of my journal:

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Get rid of Negativity.

Negativity is a block, draining you of energy and preventing you from achieving amazing things. It could be the piles of papers tumbling across your desk, the friend who always makes backhanded compliments, the anxious thoughts or the dark corners filled with junk.

The first step towards getting rid of negativity is recognising all its forms and understanding where it comes from in your life; then changing it. Taking responsibility for your own happiness is taking control of negative energy.

Unplug.

Go on Instagram/Snapchat → look at what friends have posted → get jealous → start comparing → feel discontent. Can you relate? I know I can. Being a victim of this chain is so easy in today’s world. What’s difficult is spending hours unplugging from social media, but once you do, you realise how it completely declutters the mind and creates space for growth.

Feeling bored and don’t know what to do? Why spend hours on end scrolling through Instagram when you could be spending that time doing the things you like; the things that actually make your mind feel at peace?

These are some of the pieces I’m working on during my me-time:

Stay Happy.
xx
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17 thoughts on “Staying Healthy Mentally.

  1. Andreea

    I’m all for meditation too, it got me through some pretty rough times. I also started having a few offline hours a day – I just leave my phone at home when I’m going to walk the dogs for example. By the way, walking the dogs is a great example of being in the moment and destress, I love it.

  2. Andrea

    I read an article recently about the simple acts of self care, and it was so helpful to me. As someone with depression and anxiety, there are often days that taking a shower are a big deal. So, I’ve learned to be proud when I do little things on days when it’s hard to do anything.
    Your post is great, and I’m going to integrate your steps!

    • thatkenyanwanderer

      Thank you, Andrea! I’m so proud of you for having the courage to love yourself, even though you are going through so much. I pray that you stay strong and overcome your depression and anxiety.
      I’m glad I could be of help. 🙂 ❤

  3. Tahnee's Blog

    So so important. Meditation on the go is great. Just letting your mind focus on your breathing can be a great way to regain yourself.
    Also taking time away from gadgets is a must! Great post thanks for sharing

  4. hertraveltherapy

    These are really good! I personally love unplugging, and find nothing more soothing than escaping from social media for hours or even days. It’s so addictive, but it just makes me feel restless and unsatisfied. When I first started blogging I was trying to do way too much social media stuff, and realised that it was making me miserable. So I scaled it back heaps, even though it means I’m probably getting less traffic. At the end of the day, being happier is more important, I think.

  5. Niki Bozionelou

    The basket sounds lovely! I never thought of doing that, great idea!! The trick is to only reach for it though when needed and with my husband’s sweet tooth, that would be tricky!! haha! I wish it was so easy for me to get rid of negativity. I receive a lot of that lately 😦

  6. Katchutravels (@Katchutravels)

    I think mental well being is so important. A lot of us dont realise that we can communicate with our senses and mind to draw more power from the universe, but we choose to focus on something more tangible like physical health through fitbits and i-watches. Unless a watch promises measuring of mental health, I dont think we humans are intelligent enough to realise the importance of mental well being.

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