You wouldn’t take part in a dangerous physical activity without taking precautions to protect your body, so why not extend this level of caution to your mental health? If you don’t go above and beyond to safeguard your mind, it could end up damaging your day-to-day life in a number of different ways.
Put the advice laid out below into practice and protect your mental wellbeing as one of your top priorities.
Enjoy some ‘me time.’
Selflessness is an amazing trait to have… but not if it comes at the expense of your mental health. Constantly going out of your way to help other people is all good and well but, if you’re not careful, it could end up having an adverse effect on your mental wellbeing at some point in the foreseeable future. It is for this reason why you must resolve to be a bit more selfish. No, this doesn’t mean that you should stop helping other people altogether. It simply means that you should slow down, relax, and enjoy some well-deserved ‘me time’ every now and again.
What you choose to do during your ‘me time’ is completely up to you. You could retreat to the comfort of your bedroom to make use of self-love smile makers vibrators, you could go for a long walk in a your local nature reserve, you could listen to your favorite songs, you could binge-watch that new TV series that you’ve heard so much about, or you could escape to another world in a book. The choice is all yours!
Get an ample amount of sleep
Fitting ‘me time’ into your daily schedule isn’t the only crucial change that you must make. If you’re serious about protecting your mental wellbeing, you must also resolve to get an ample amount of sleep each night. To achieve this all-important feat, you must:
1. Settle down for bed at the same time each evening and wake up at the same time every morning (yes, even on the weekends!)
2. Refrain from napping after 3 PM, and never nap for longer than 20 minutes at a time
3. Cut down your caffeine consumption after midday, and don’t consume it at all after 4 PM
4. Stop smoking
5. Exercise regularly, but never within 3 hours of your bedtime
6. Avoid eating heavy meals late in the day
7. Ensure that your bedroom is dark, quiet, and comfortable
8. Turn off your screens (TV, laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) at least 1 hour before your bedtime
Depression, chronic anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts — these are issues that you could face in the future if you don’t make an effort to protect your mental wellbeing. If you want to provide your mind with the comprehensive level of protection that it wants, needs, and deserves, be sure to put the advice laid out above into practice. Make time for ‘me time’ and ensure that you get an ample amount of sleep each night — if you do both of those things, you’ll be sure to enjoy a clean bill of mental health.