#NourishtoFlourish: 8 Tips to Improve Your Mental Health
Has quarantine been causing you to feel more restless, stressed, or anxious? Are you looking for tips to help with stress from school, work, and your personal life? Are you in a slump and looking for ways to climb out? UBC eProjects is having another virtual event where we ask professionals and CEOs about their struggles with mental health and striking a healthy work-life balance. It’s important to take care of ourselves even when we feel like all we want to do is push forward, so make sure to check out our event as well as the following tips for tips on how to be the healthiest you!
With this article, we do not intend to belittle or minimize the real battles with mental health that affect many people daily and are simply aiming to provide some tips to promote a healthier mindset for students during these difficult times. At the bottom of this blog post, we will provide links that may be helpful to those who are struggling with mental health as well as counseling services that are covered by the UBC Alma Mater Society.
1. Take a day off and spend time doing things you enjoy beyond social media
Everyone seems to display a perfect life on Instagram with their stories/posts, but we get it - real life isn’t nearly the same. It can get overwhelming sometimes, so get off your screens and go try something new! It could be anything from drawing, painting to playing board games! Always remember - your only friend is NOT your phone.
2. Focus on you instead of constantly painting a spitting image of yourself against others
It’s your race and YOUR life - not anyone else’s. Once you internalize the idea that it’s you against the version of you yesterday, you’ll feel a lot better doing the things you love. It’s easier said than done - but practice makes perfect right? Slow and steady beats the fast and restless ;)
How many of you have experienced overthinking or spiraling? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. A Lot of us have way too many thoughts every day and it’s completely normal. One way that could help you unload by yourself is journalling - a method where you unbottle all your thoughts onto paper. This is perfect because there’s no judgment here - no disapproval and no walking on eggshells. It’s all you!
Yes, you’ve probably heard this one over and over again but it honestly works! Research shows that working out releases hormones that reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, and more! So go work those glutes out at the gym (perhaps not at the moment!) or at home.
5. Reach out to your friends and family
You’re not in this alone - you’ve got a whole support system of your friends and family who will always be there for you! Make sure you reach out when you need to, especially when you feel extremely low. It’s important that you acknowledge that they’re there for you even when you don’t want to ask for help - it’s not petty, it’s crucial!
This one is a cliche - and the number one excuse people use is “I don’t have time for it” - but sitting in silence while listening to some soothing music/music of your choice is also meditation. A few moments every day where you recollect and center yourself in the midst of all the chaos. Try it, then thank us later!
7. Make an effort to eat healthy
When you take out the time to really consider what you feed your body, you’ll come to realize that eating healthy is extremely vital to your functioning and mental health! Take the time to cook for yourself - even if it’s just a side dish to start with. You’ll become more conscious and it never hurts to experiment ;)
8. Indulge in nature walks
Research has shown that spending time in some greenery every day even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes can positively affect your mental wellbeing, so go take that walk you’ve been putting off and find yourself in awe of what nature has to offer you :)
Reminder that if you are struggling with mental health problems that are not so easily alleviated or solved, please check out the links below for resources on the topic:
UBC Counselling: https://students.ubc.ca/health/counselling-services