What really helped me personally is taking a notebook. (A nice fresh one, unwritten acting as a clean slate for a clean and balanced mind.) And first of all writing down the things you are most grateful for in your life. This can be obvious ones as friends and family but also try to think of other stuff like a warm shower every morning, the possibility to work out or the roof over your head.
Next I like to write down little things that I can do every day or every week that make me happy. For me that’s waking up early, having a fresh cup of coffee, buying fresh flowers every week, going grocery shopping and buying lots of fruits and veggies, working out everyday, snuggling on the couch with my loved ones, the list goes on and on!
An extra bonus of making those lists, is that on days where everything is just a little too much, you can get your notebook out and read the lists again. And then just go do some of the little things that make you happy!
Another type of writing that helps me is an ‘in order to/I need to list’. I do that by making a list divided into two rows. On the left side I write down the things I want to achieve and on the right side I write down what I need to do to achieve that. For instance: In order to succeed professionally I need to stop being afraid to fail. This helps me seeing things more clear and letting go of unnecessary fears.
Beside the journaling I feel like having a healthy balanced lifestyle really affects my mental health right away. That means having a routine that includes getting enough sleep in, eating healthy, working out regularly, limiting the amount of alcohol you consume and of course making sure you spend enough time with the people you love!
It will be a journey to find out which routine works best for you. Since every person is different and we all need different things to keep us on track. But one of the things that always is really high on my priority list is working out. That’s why I love Vélo and it has really helped me to keep my mental health in check. It makes me feel strong and healthy, it gives me those post workout endorphins that instantly make you happy and it is a moment of time I decide to spend on me because I am worth it! And you need to do that too. Keep saying to yourself you’re worth it because you really are and you don’t need anyone else to make you believe it!