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We wanted to change things up again for this set of tips, so four mindyourmind staff each chose some of their favourite tips that we have shared in the past to give you a whole variety!

 

A walk in a green space can give you a break from "attention fatigue". Go outside on your own and leave your phone in your pocket.

Drink water! Staying hydrated is important for your physical and mental health. Even minor dehydration can affect mood and make it more difficult to concentrate.

Coffee can be okay in moderation, but make sure you aren’t using it to top up your energy regularly in place of sleep. It can increase blood pressure and anxiety, among other things, and can interfere with our sleep.

Instead of a gratitude journal, try a gratitude jar. Cut strips of paper and, each day, write one reason you are grateful and plop it in the jar. When you're feeling low, review the jar entries.

Sometimes embracing diversity starts from within. Think about the things that have shaped you and your beliefs. Then think about someone you know and the things that might have influenced their life differently than yours.

Breaking free from toxic relationships is one of the most difficult things you might go through. Setting boundaries and saying goodbye — or taking a break — is OK. It might give you time to reflect on how to move forward.

Even though things feel rough right now, it will get better! Shift your focus by looking to the future.

Verbalizing how you feel is not always easy. When you're having trouble communicating your emotions, try drawing or painting what you are experiencing. Play with different colours, shapes and textures to represent the emotion(s) you are feeling.

Useful journal prompt idea: jot down different ways to ask for what you need when you’re feeling low. What tends to be helpful when you feel that way? It can be hard to pinpoint these things in the moment, so having it already written out somewhere can really help.

Use a journal to capture what happened during your therapy sessions, track your triggers, or make a list of different coping strategies to try. Take a look at this page for more journalling inspiration on the topic of mental health! 

Some days you may not be able to leave your bed and that's okay. Other days, try to do the opposite of what your illness wants. If it's telling you to stay inside and isolate, go out and visit a friend. This is known as opposite action and is a common skill taught in therapy.

Constant negativity in the news can affect your mental health. Take a news break, or check out sites like Positive.News and Good News Network.

Don't be afraid to ask someone to help YOU get help. It can be exhausting to navigate and advocate for yourself when you’re struggling.

Write out what you're feeling when the urge to self harm arises. You might be surprised how it can help relieve some negativity.

Try to get yourself on a consistent sleep schedule. Having a routine will help you structure your day and will increase the likelihood that you'll get enough sleep.

Remember, all you need to do is try your best. Take things one day, hour or minute at a time.

Social media can make you feel worse. Make sure you curate a positive social media feed by following mental health advocates and other positive pages. Make sure to set limits so you don't scroll your whole day away.

Verbalizing how you feel is not always easy. When you're having trouble communicating your emotions, try drawing or painting what you are experiencing. Play with different colours, shapes and textures to represent the emotion(s) you are feeling.

Keep active to boost your mood and your energy! Try an activity like hot yoga or go for a jog outside in nature. It may seem impossible, but the exercise can help wonders.

Know that there is always someone you can talk to, try calling a crisis line. There will be a trained person on the other end who is there to support you, provide you with helpful coping tools and possibly provide helpful referrals.

If you find yourself dwelling on something, give yourself a time limit: "I will give this worry 10 minutes of my time, and then I'm done." Distract yourself with something new once the time is up.

Is there someone who encourages and supports you? Take some time to thank them, whether it's a thank you card, surprise picnic or a big hug. Focusing on the positive will take your mind off the negative for a while.

Supporting a friend can mean feeling like you're on call 24/7, which is impossible. Help them identify others they can call for backup.

Scribble it out! Did you know that scribbling can help to reduce anxiety or anger? Practice applying different levels of pressure while you scribble and then reflect on how you feel afterwards.

When in recovery, remember that healing isn't linear and relapse isn't failure.

Can't identify supportive people in your life? Make it homework to seek out helpful people or community groups/agencies.

Surround yourself with people who lift you up. There's no room in your circle for people who aren't proud of you!

Write down one thing every day that you like about yourself, commit to doing it for one month then re-read it.

Do something you've been putting off because no one will go with you, and take yourself on a date.