Through my own personal learnings (the hard way) and through my professional training I know how to nurture and care for the mind to prevent things ever getting to that point, and I can help you to do that too.
Obviously every individual is unique, and on a personal basis I’d recommend different exercises and techniques specifically tailored to suit your own personality and circumstances, but here are a few introductory pieces that you may find useful as a starter for ten in committing to your own self-care.
1. Actively celebrating - both success AND failure
No matter how small or seemingly insignificant, consciously take time every day to celebrate something. It could be a simple success such as paying off your credit card or a bigger achievement like getting a promotion. If you feel you’ve failed at something, try to celebrate the useful lesson you’ve learnt from it - doing something the wrong way means you’re more likely to get it right next time!
2. Accepting all parts of yourself
Write a list of the things you beat yourself up about - your own perceived weaknesses. Now next to each of them, write a sentence that starts with “This is a good thing because...”. If you find this difficult, look for the 2% truth in the statement you’ve written. An example could be, “I am often messy and disorganised, but this is a good thing because it gives me the flexibility to be creative”.
3. Avoiding over-analysing
When you find yourself over-analysing or thinking round and round in circles, mentally propel yourself to a future you - in 10 years' time. Ask yourself from this perspective, “does this seem so important when I look back on it from this angle?”. Even if it's an important issue, ask yourself whether over-thinking helps or hinders you in overcoming it.
Giving due care and attention to your mental wellbeing is just as important as looking after your physical health. These are just a few simple mental exercises that you can work into your daily life so that they become a habit. You’ll find that by practising them, you feel stronger and more resilient in times of emotional stress, and better able to cope with whatever life throws at you.
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