In the fast-paced rhythm of our modern lives, the pursuit of mental wellness often takes a backseat to the demands of daily existence. However, the state of our mental health is fundamental to our overall well-being and impacts every facet of our lives.
The right mindset goes a long way towards living a happy life. To navigate the challenges of life with resilience and grace, it is crucial to cultivate a positive and empowering mindset by adopting daily habits for mental wellness.
A positive mindset isn’t something you either are or are not born with, it’s something you learn and develop throughout your life. Your thought patterns and the way you respond to things in life is habitual, so the right mental habits can help you flourish and the wrong ones can make you miserable.
This article explores essential habits designed to nurture mental wellness. From cultivating a productive inner dialog to embracing self-compassion, each habit plays a unique role in creating a foundation for a healthier mindset.
Discover how small, intentional actions, woven into the fabric of your daily routine, can pave the way for lasting mental well-being. Let’s delve into the power of these habits and their transformative impact on your mental health and overall quality of life.
How to Make These Mental Health Habits Work For You
The most important thing to know about creating these habits is that you won’t be able to adopt them all in a day or even a week. Actions become habits through frequent repetition, so it can take time for a behavior to become second nature.
Developing habits for better mental health can be tricky, because when something doesn’t work immediately your brain will tell you to give up and then nothing changes, so you have to prepare yourself to notice that thought and disregard it.
Whenever you want to create change in your life, especially in your mindset, you have to be patient and persistent with the new behaviors you’re introducing into your life.
The next thing you need to do is create reminders for yourself. This information isn’t helpful if you forget about it as soon as you leave the page, so write down the habits you want to integrate and then create a plan as well as reminders that will help you practice them.
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Daily Habits for Mental Wellness
1. Create a Productive Inner Dialog
Your inner dialog shapes your perception of the world and it starts to form in childhood. We take on the things other people tell us or what we observe and weave it into our belief system and habits. Then our beliefs cause us to think thoughts that reinforce our beliefs, because our minds love to prove that we’re right.
The problem is, many of our beliefs and the thoughts that they create are wrong and can be rooted in doubt, fear, and cynicism—and it just makes us feel miserable. Does getting stuck in a doom spiral help you accomplish anything? Of course not, so when you catch yourself in a negative state of mind or train of thought, remind yourself that it’s not serving any purpose.
Cultivate a positive and productive inner conversation by challenging negative thoughts and focusing on solutions. What have you created negative stories around, starting with what YOU are capable of doing and having? What story would you rather tell? Create that story and practice thinking it.
Replace self-doubt with self-encouragement, creating a mindset geared towards growth and resilience. Be your own cheerleader, tell yourself that you can do the things you want to do. Tell yourself that anything is possible.
My favorite way to change my inner dialog is by using affirmations. When I notice that I’m thinking negative thoughts I just start repeating affirmations in my mind until I feel better and naturally shift my attention to something else. If you haven’t used affirmations before, a good place to start is with self love affirmations.
2. Practice Self Compassion
Sometimes we’re just too hard on ourselves. We relive memories about mistakes we made, we get frustrated when we don’t make fast enough progress, and we get caught up in thoughts about all the things we’re doing wrong and all the ways we’re failing at life.
Start to give yourself the same kindness and understanding you offer to others. Stop comparing yourself to other people and thinking that you should be where they are or have what they have. We’re all on our own path and where you are right now is ok.
Remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can with what you’ve got. Beating yourself up doesn’t make you better, but self-compassion will.
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3. Practice Gratitude
What we frequently focus on dictates how we feel. If you constantly focus on what you don’t have and what everyone is doing wrong, are you going to feel good or bad? You’re going to feel bad.
If you focus on how you’re always broke and other people are mistreating you, are you going to feel empowered or like a victim? You know the answer.
A powerful way to shift your focus and break the cycle of always looking for the bad things is by finding things to be grateful for. Look for what’s good in your life, even if it’s just that you have electricity and modern plumbing!
A regular gratitude practice will retrain your brain to be more positive, which will make you feel happier overall.
Start or end your day by jotting down or thinking about a few things you’re grateful for. Gratitude shifts your focus from what’s lacking to what’s abundant and good in your life, creating a positive mindset and enhancing your overall mental well-being.
I have a reminder on my phone to practice gratitude before bed and it helps me to stay consistent.Here are 10 gratitude journal prompts.
4. Establish a Regular Sleep Routine
Quality sleep is a cornerstone of mental wellness. Establish a consistent sleep routine, aiming for 7-9 hours of rest each night. Prioritize creating a calming bedtime ritual to improve the quality of your sleep.
Here are some additional tips:
- Eliminate any light in your room: try blackout curtains, covering up lights from electronics, blocking light from under the door, or if all else fails try a sleep mask.
- Play white noise or rain sounds: Rain sounds have been so helpful for me personally, I can’t recommend them enough. Youtube is a great source of ambient sleep sounds, so see what works for you. I have positive affirmations subliminals set to rain sounds on my Youtube channel if you like that, you might like my Self Love Subliminal.
- Take magnesium before bed: Magnesium Glycinate can help you fall and stay asleep, as well as give you other benefits. I’ve seen a great improvement in my sleep since I started using it.
5. Make Time for Relaxation and Self Care
Allocate time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Even if you’re really busy, schedule time to do something you enjoy. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a bubble bath, or enjoying a hobby, regular self-care helps recharge your mental and emotional batteries.
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6. Stay Physically Active
Exercise is not only beneficial for your physical health but also has a profound impact on mental well-being. Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine, whether it’s a brisk walk, a workout, or a yoga session.
When I’m stressed I find that taking a 20-30 walk can make me feel so much better, and getting outside is known to improve your mental state as well.
7. Limit Screen Time
Excessive screen time, especially on social media, can contribute to stress and anxiety. It’s far too easy to start comparing ourselves to people who are only showing you a curated glimpse of their life, which is usually not a true representation of how it really looks.
Unfollow any accounts that make you feel jealous or like you need to change yourself to fit in.
Set boundaries on your screen time, and prioritize face-to-face interactions. Disconnecting from the virtual world can help you reconnect with yourself and those around you.
8. Establish Boundaries
Learn to say no when necessary and set clear boundaries in your personal and professional life. Stay away from people who cause drama or make you feel bad. It’s ok to minimize contact with toxic family members!
Establishing healthy boundaries helps prevent burnout and fosters a sense of control over your time and energy.
Learn how to set boundaries with toxic people.
9. Perform Acts of Kindness
Engage in acts of kindness towards others. Whether it’s a small gesture or a more significant contribution, helping others makes both of you feel good, enhancing your own well-being in the process.
Don’t do it to get something in return, just do it to help someone.
10. Consistent Learning and Growth
Embrace a mindset of continuous learning and personal growth. Whether it’s acquiring a new skill, reading books to improve your life, or attending workshops, consistent intellectual stimulation contributes to a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.
Incorporating these daily habits into your routine can pave the way for improved mental wellness. Remember, it’s the small, consistent actions that make a lasting impact on your overall well-being. Prioritize yourself, cultivate positive habits, and watch as your mental health flourishes.
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