How to Put Your Mental Health First

Seema Rai
Seema Rai

It’s that time of year again, when the days grow shorter, the temperatures drop precipitously, and the holiday season begins. While the holiday season is exciting and celebratory for many, it can also cause a lot of anxiety and stress for many people. There is a noticeable increase in the rate at which we are moving, especially when compared to other months of the year when there is less social pressure and demand.

As a result, people who are highly sensitive or big empaths, people-pleasers, and those prone to anxiety and/or depression may struggle especially.

People’s Health: Mentally-Emotionally

Those who are highly sensitive or empaths can easily sense the energy of others without even asking. These people frequently end up ‘accumulating’ the emotional weight of others and can become weighed down as a result. Even those who are not predisposed to sensitivity or mental-health conditions such as anxiety or depression are frequently caught in the crossfire of stressful situations, many of which involve family or friends.

Making some mental health ground rules

To help keep yourself in check and accountable for how you’re feeling is one of the best things you can do for yourself. These ground rules essentially assist you in setting boundaries for yourself and others to ensure that you are not pushing yourself too far into negativity.

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A great place to start is by writing down everything you are thankful for this year, no matter how insignificant you believe it is. This allows us to refocus on the positive and not berate ourselves for what we haven’t accomplished. The more gratitude you demonstrate, the more opportunities for gratitude will present themselves to you. Also read A Good Lifestyle Is As Important As Working Out

Make a spending plan for yourself

A financial budget can be useful, especially when it comes to purchasing gifts for the important people in your life; however, it is important to decide how much you can spend and stick to it.

This will give you a sense of control over your finances and will make you aware of what you can and cannot do. Also, keep in mind that you do not always have to spend money to give someone a gift. Sometimes the things that people value the most are those that are free.

Include relaxation exercises in your daily routine

Exercises of all kinds are beneficial to your body, mind, and soul, but relaxation exercises take precedence when we are under stress. This does not have to be a refined meditation practice or daily yoga, but ensuring that you carve out time for your system to slow down, your brain to decompress from all of the stimuli, and your thoughts to settle and decelerate can go a long way.

If you’re having trouble in any way, don’t be afraid to ask for help — from friends, family, medical professionals, and so on. And getting the help you need when you need it is one of the best things you can do to ensure your mental health in the future.

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