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3 Things I’m Doing For My Mental Health Right Now

January 23, 2018
Ghenet Actually || 3 Things I'm Doing For My Mental Health

I don’t know about you guys, but I find that January is such a hard month. Everyone gets caught up in that New Year New Me mentality, myself included, and it feels like there’s suddenly all this pressure not to make any mistakes. I feel exhausted, and we’re not even a month into the New Year! I decided to take a slightly different approach lately though. I’m easing myself into the New Year, and making sure I remember not just to set goals, and be productive, but also take care of myself and my mental health. I’ve been having lots of fun with my wardrobe challenge, and it’s been nice catching up with friends, but I’m also taking time for myself. If my mental heath isn’t in a good place, then I’m not going to accomplish anything! So here are a few of the things I’ve been doing lately!

Ghenet Actually || 3 Things I'm Doing For My Mental Health
Ghenet Actually || 3 Things I'm Doing For My Mental Health
Ghenet Actually || 3 Things I'm Doing For My Mental Health

I’ve talked about self care before on the blog, but it’s something that I am adamant about. How can you do anything worthwhile, or enjoy every moment if you’re not taking care of yourself? I’ve had a few struggles with my mental health, so to me, it’s one of the most important things I can do. These may be small things I’m doing, but they’re having a big effect!

Keeping fresh flowers on my bedside table

I bought a beautiful bouquet a few days before Christmas as a nice way to add a little festive cheer in the flat. It sat on my bedside for the better part of three weeks! When I had to finally get rid of it, I was genuinely upset; my bedside table was suddenly empty and small. So I decided to treat myself to a letterbox subscription from Bloom & Wild. Once a month, a delightful selection of flowers will arrive at my door and cheer up my bedside table. The one I’ve got now is so colorful and cheerful, and even just seeing it there makes me smile! Plus, it gets me excited to speculate about what the bouquet will look like next month, and the month after!

Turning off the television and reading before bed

This is something I’ve done for a little while now, but usually it’s after a long binge of television and it’s later than it should be for me to get a good night’s sleep. In the last month, I’ve been actively making the decision not to turn on the television the second I get home. Don’t worry, I’ve still been watching plenty of Friends! Mainly, I’ve been making a conscious effort not to veg. That also means I’ve been getting in bed earlier. I make myself a cup of tea, light a candle on the bedside table and turn on my fairy lights. It gives me plenty of time to wind down, and not ruminate on things that might be stressing me out. It also means I sleep better, and actually wake up feeling rested.

Cooking more and planning meals for the week

This is something that Mr. Actually and I started doing a few weeks ago, and it was borne out of a desire to worry less about who is cooking what. I know a few people who do this kind of thing, and I wasn’t sure about it, but it’s made a really big difference! Mr. Actually and I are actually spending more quality time together as well, as each of us takes it in turns to cook a nice meal. Because we plan it out, I’ve also been much more adventurous with what I’m cooking! I do really enjoy cooking, and this way I’m being productive as well as doing something I enjoy! It’s like positive reinforcement and I’m enjoying every second!

I do think it’s so important to actively spend a little time doing something you know is going to have a positive effect on your mental health. I’ve always noticed a huge difference in my life when I’m just sort of existing on a daily basis, versus when I’m taking the time to care for myself and my mental health. The later is much happier, more fun, more social, and generally, living life to a greater degree. A little bit of downtime never did me wrong!

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    Mary | hellopeagreen
    January 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Gorgeous photography in your post. I banned electronics in the bedroom in the evening too – including my kindle. I’ve decided that screens aren’t conducive to sleep, although I love reading in bed. A good excuse for a paperback

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      January 23, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      No, I never sleep as well if I’ve been on my phone or watching TV. So I leave it in the kitchen now! It makes such a big difference!

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    January 24, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I love how colourful these photos are! <3

    January can be SUCH a hard one. I like the idea of reading before bed – I try to do that every night, and when I manage, I sleep so much better too. It does require a lot of self discipline, though! x

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      January 27, 2018 at 10:16 am

      You’re right, it does, but now that I’ve found that rhythm I find it much easier! I also sleep better, which in turn means I am a MUCH happier human!

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    February 23, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    I stumbled across this post on Bloglovin and I’m so glad I did! I love the idea of keeping fresh flowers on the nightstand. When I keep fresh flowers in the kitchen they just always seem to be in the way. I’m constantly moving the vase around to make space for cooking or eating. Putting them on the nightstand sounds like a great alternative and a nice treat to brighten up my room.

    P.S. You have beautiful photos on your blog!

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    February 26, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Such great tips Ghenet! I used to love reading, but feel like I forever find myself saying “I don’t have enough time to read”. I think I’m going to take a leaf out of your book and start making the time. I’m going to try and start reading either just before bed or when I get in from work, it’ll be a great way to bring in relaxation time again! 🙂

    Heather Xx

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