Getting Mentally Fit
Mental fitness is such a hot topic nowadays. Thankfully there is much more information and education around it and particularly the younger generation are removing the stigma of talking about our mental wellbeing.
So, like us if you're thinking about how to improve your mental wellbeing but you’re not sure where to start, we've put together a guide to getting yourself mentally fit.
Including mental dexterity exercises into your daily routine can help you reap the benefits of a sharper mind and a healthier body for years to come. These can be as simple as;
- For the mind; de-cluttering of a workspace, a long-forgotten cupboard, re-organising of kitchen utensils or rearrange a room in your home or simply unplug from all technology for a short while.
Small steps can help keep you mentally sharp, as well as giving you a sense of achievement. Don’t underestimate the importance and benefit of small things in life like doing a crossword or maths puzzle.
- For the body; go for a walk, make a healthy home-cooked meal, dress up for no occasion, join a class or explore learning a new skill.
Being physically active has a big impact on how we feel on the inside. This doesn't mean that you need to start training for the Olympics, just little and often each day can help you improve your physical wellbeing as well as help you feel better on the inside.
- For the soul; create a gratitude list, help someone, spend time with your pets, family or friends (even if it is virtually for the time-being), make a list of short and long term goals, look at your old photos and videos.
Sometimes we forget that we’re in a better place than we think we are. Making a list of all the things you do have in your life will help you have a positive outlook, it's easy to concentrate on the negatives. Also don’t forget a small act of kindness can go a long way. Ask others to re-pay it by doing something kind for someone else.
What are the practical ways and where can I start?
You could start by volunteering your time at a charity of your choice, this can offer you the opportunity to gain new skills and useful life or work experience plus meet interesting new people! Visit www.charitychoice.co.uk or www.do-it.org to find out which charities share the same goals as you.
Visit www.bbcgoodfood.com for ideas around healthy, simple and new recipes. You may find you have a hidden talent for cooking or, at the very least enjoy some delicious new food.
Whether you’re looking for new ways to improve your own mental health, learning about how to support someone who is suffering with their mental health or simply wanting to understand how you can get involved, Mind charity has plenty of help, guidance and information to get you started. www.mind.org.uk.
For further support you can explore our hub further and learn more about how you can take control of your finances, help your daily budget and meet your future goals.