In addition to the many hats, local business owners and employees wear we are often challenged by every day with things that we didn’t see coming. This can mean that we have very busy minds and it can be exhausting to keep on having to change from function to function, task to task. So I wanted to share some of the techniques I use to help my mental health.
A to-do list acts as an external memory aid allowing you to prioritise the more important tasks. This can be a great way to improve your productivity. But, the best thing about a to-do list is ticking off your completed task making it a great motivational tool.
People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, sleep better, and express more compassion and kindness. Think of something that you are grateful for, you can do this with your team daily, sharing a gratitude can be a positive way to start the day.
Have you ever tried EFT tapping? Tapping helps you access your body's energy and send signals to the part of the brain that controls stress. Rather than try and describe it in words I thought I would share a short video where Nick Ortner of The Tapping Solution shares a simple, introductory, three-minute EFT tapping technique you can do anywhere to instantly reduce stress.
Are you an Owl or a Lark
Early risers are called “larks” and are more active in the morning, while those that sleep later and remain active past midnight are called “owls.
The 9 to 5 never worked for me, I know this isn’t possible for everyone but I found that I was far more productive and creative in the afternoon. So I Plan my day to how I work best. I deal with emails and administration first thing then take my dog for a long walk and then go to the gym. I end up working a little later but this works far better for me.
I find doodling helps me concentrate, but, it also helps the creative process. Quite often I end up writing notes and they end up turning in pages of ideas and doodles.
Exercise is my time to unplug from the world, some people like to run some people like to swim, for me it is boxing. Find what you love, make time for it in your daily routine and both your mental and physical health will see the benefits.
The favourite part of my daily routine are my walks with my dog, Hendrix. Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.
If you are struggling with your mental health, please speak with you doctor, sometimes medicine could be the appropriate course of action it has been for me and it made a real difference. Also, the samaritans continue to provide a lifesaving service and will always be there to listen.