Today has been a very “mental health” day for me. This essentially means that I actually took time to think or talk about mental health problems or wellbeing. It means, I spent a lot of time focusing on my own mental health today. “Mental Health” days are really important I think. You don’t have to go out of your way to do something. It’s more about pausing for a moment and reflecting. How’s your mental health recently? Have you been looking after it? Is there anything you can do to improve it? Sometimes I think we forget to do this. Physical health is usually easier to recognise, simply because if you’re in pain then you’ll know. Although, it’s a bit like checking for any lumps or bumps or going for regular check ups. I think mental health is something that’s easily neglected.
So today, upon reflection, I’ve decided to try and write some little notes full of love to myself. I’m hoping to spend the next year filling a jar with things that matter. Then, at the end of next year, pull them out and read them. Alternatively, if I go through a rough period or have a low day, grab a few to read. It will be full of happy memories, good thoughts, gratitude and lots of love.
I really wanted to address this today because I think we often forget about ourselves in the holidays. Sometimes we get so busy trying to please others, buying them the perfect gifts or worrying about money that we just forget to pause for a moment. Christmas is one of my favourite holidays but it’s not always easy. It comes with financial concerns, stress, a mad rush, pressure and sometimes also loneliness. It’s definitely not easy – especially when everyone around you might seem like they are having a great time. I don’t have much advice in how to make Christmas better if you experience any of those things. However, one thing I can always promote is self-care. This is one way of helping your future days be a bit happier, I think.
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