Stress Management: Ten Things You Can Do for Your Mental Health

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Modern living takes its toll on us all. Small things pile up and become big problems before we even know it, and stress becomes the new normal.

Of course, dealing with such issues is always more comfortable when you have a professional by your side, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do for yourself and your mental health.

We worked with Rebecca from Rough Draft to share our top 10 tips on managing the stress of day-to-day living and keeping your mental well-being undisturbed.

1.   Be aware of your worth

This item starts the list since it should be your number one priority. As humans, we tend to be too strict when it comes to judging our actions and our value. Instead, treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism.

You should also treat yourself in other ways. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, and do some little thing that will keep your brain and your wits sharp. Watch a game show, do a crossword puzzle or take up a new language. These actions do not have to be great in scope, as long as you are doing something that keeps your mind engaged.

2.   Treat your body well

Physical and mental health are closely correlated. The better the shape of your body, the better your mind will be.

Again, this doesn’t mean that you have to spend several hours in the gym every day. Just make sure to eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, and get enough sleep, as too little sleep can lead to obesity and depression. You should also exercise whenever you can.

3.   Have a healthy surrounding

People need people to thrive and grow. Make sure you surround yourself with people who suit you, who make you be the best possible version of you there is.

It doesn’t matter if your intimate circle consists of friends or family, as long as they are people you can talk to, people you can confide in, and who make you want to be a better person.

4.   Help others

Helping someone else is a great way to meet new like-minded individuals and a sure way to feel good—volunteer for a cause that matters to you.

Get out there and make a tangible difference in this world. The knowledge that you did something concrete for someone in need will help you as much as it will help them.

5.   Avoid being stuck in a rut

It is way too easy to get stuck in a rut. Before you know it, your days become caught in a routine. The weirdest part is, the monotony can sometimes feel comforting, so we tend to stick to it for all the wrong reasons.

Once again, you don’t need to make tremendous changes to feel better – put up a new picture, change your walking route, or try a new restaurant. This will be enough to rejuvenate you.

6.   Acknowledge the stress

Sometimes, life gets hard. If you don’t stop and let yourself deal with the fact that you are at the end of your rope, you increase the odds of suffering burnout or doing even more damage to your mental health.

Sometimes, things aren’t OK, and it’s OK to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or sad. Experience these negative emotions so you could deal with them and do whatever it takes to recharge your batteries so you can face the new challenges.

7.   Avoid alcohol

After a long week, a few too many shots might seem appealing. Drinking offers us a quick way to forget our worries, and so, naturally, you might feel the urge to gravitate towards alcohol as a quick fix for your problems.

But, the fact is that alcohol is a depressant. You’ll feel way worse the next day, both physically and mentally, so avoid drinking too much.

8.   Set realistic goals

Choose what you want to achieve academically, professionally, and personally, and write down the steps you need to take to understand your goals. Aim high but divide the process into small milestones.

The more realistic your goals are, the more comfortable they will be to achieve. And, simultaneously, you will feel great once you reach every milestone along the way.

9.   Be aware of your mind

Once you become aware of your inner thoughts, you will be capable of dealing with them and processing them.

Different people use different ways to achieve this goal. Some meditate, others pray, while some practice mindfulness. Find out what works for you and get in touch with your deepest emotions and thoughts.

10.       Seek help when you need it

While all the things listed here can help you deal with stress, sometimes the battle with everyday hardships becomes too much for a person to handle alone.

Keep in mind that seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. Do whatever you can to keep your mental wellbeing your top priority.

I’m Rebecca, a translator and avid traveler, a book worm and horror flick enthusiast. My job has given me the amazing opportunity to travel to dozens of countries around the world, and writing on Rough Draft gives me a chance to try to showcase some of them.