Self-love is important. Low self-esteem can seriously impact an individual’s mental health, which is why focusing on self-care and taking positive steps towards self-love can improve your wellbeing.
Boosting your self-esteem
If you’re facing issues with your self-esteem, it’s important you take time to address it so that you don’t begin to feel lonely or disconnected from everyone else. Some good tips for boosting your self-esteem include:
- Do things that make you happy, and that you enjoy.
- Be kind to yourself, start challenging negative thoughts you might have about yourself
- Spend time with friends and family – it helps to be with people you enjoy spending time with and who make you happy.
- Avoid comparing yourself to others – on social media and online, people rarely share the negative things, so remember that all might not be what it seems.
- Talk about your feelings – sometimes sharing with others can ease stress and negative thoughts you might be feeling. If you can’t talk to friends or family, consider talking to someone like your GP or a counsellor. The Mental Health Foundation has some excellent resources for different people you can talk to.
Taking care of your wellbeing is an essential way to look after your mental health. Some of the ways you can demonstrate self-care for your mental health include:
Get enough sleep
Sleep is important for recharging your body and mind. Too little sleep can lead to stress, anxiety and depression as well as leaving you feeling agitated and moody. Make sure you aim for around 8 hours of sleep a night to ensure you give yourself the rest you need.
Meditation can be a good way to improve your mood, your focus and your sleep. The NHS has a great bedtime meditation video which can help form a key part of your night-time routine.
Being outdoors can work wonders for your health. Not only can it help you increase your vitamin D intake, but it can also boost your mood and relieve stress. Try going for regular walks during the day as some gentle exercise will benefit both your mental and physical health.
It can be easy to turn to quick and easy foods as well as snacking instead of preparing healthy dishes for yourself. However, the right diet will provide you with energy and give your body the right nutrients to keep it strong and healthy. Learn how to control your portion sizes to help you eat healthier.
If you’re struggling with mental health issues, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Many people experience feelings of anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions, and the good news is that it’s being talked about more and more. There are many different mental health services you can access including both emergency and non-emergency services. Book an appointment with your GP to discuss your mental health, or give 111 a call in the evenings or weekends.
Dealing with your mental health can be tough, but the sooner you ask for help, the sooner you can get back on your feet. Show yourself some self-love and you’ll find it easier to show it to those around you too.