Manage Your Mental HealthAs your mental health affects how you approach your day, it’s important to manage it as best you can. Here are some ways to manage your mental health and tools to help you succeed.
Time ManagementAppropriately separating your personal and professional time will help immensely with your mental health. Allocating time for each will ensure you do not experience burnout at work and that you are not taking your friendships and relationships for granted. One of the best ways to ensure you are managing your time effectively is to establish boundaries and timelines. Set aside specific time that you want to spend with your family. While working from home, it’s easy to establish lunch and dinner as time that you will put work aside and focus on your loved ones. In that regard, also let your kids and other family members know when you specifically plan on working and what that looks like. Whether that signal is a closed door or headphones on, let those around you know what to look for when you need the time to focus solely on work. When it comes to your personal life, it’s important to wake up each morning with purpose and intention. Don’t let the day come at you — make sure you have a plan in place. Part of this should include a morning routine. Don’t allow yourself to check your work emails or messages right away. Instead, take the time to journal, meditate and have a cup of coffee and breakfast before you begin working.
“One of the worst things I see REALTORS® do — before they get out of bed, they’ve got their phone pulled up. They’re checking email, checking texts, and they give themselves a panic attack before they’ve even gotten out of bed.” — Bobbi Howe
“Stop judging your insides by other people’s outsides. Step away from social media. Put a limit on how much Facebook you do. People are so divided — being in the midst of their angst brings more angst into your life. Step away from that — and know that you don’t always see what’s beneath the surface.” — Bobbi Howe
ExerciseResearch shows that when your brain gets more oxygen, it releases endorphins and lowers your blood pressure, helping to regulate your body and lower your anxious or depressed moods. This makes working out incredibly important for those struggling with mental health. Use your exercise time as a way to focus and relieve stress. This means no multi-tasking! Turn off your phone or electronic watch reminders, stay off social media and use this time as “me time.”
“Use exercise to actually relieve your stress; don’t multitask while you’re exercising. [Use it as] your ‘me time.’ When the brain is getting more oxygen, you’re releasing endorphins and lowering your blood pressure. If the workout you’re doing is not working — change it up.” — Shirley Lytle
Other Ways to Relieve StressIf working out just isn’t your thing, it’s important to expend your mental and physical energy in other ways to help with your mental wellness. Here are some suggestions and tools to help you get started.
- MINDFULNESS: Mindfulness is a type of meditation that allows you to be fully present and aware of what is happening inside you and around you. It is a way to help you be less distracted, practice deep breathing techniques and be more aware of your thoughts and feelings.
- JOURNALING: Journaling allows you to remove any negative emotions from your head and get them down on paper, releasing them from your mind. It can help you be more self-aware and expressive.
“Get stressed thoughts out of your head and onto paper. This gives your body, mind and spirit permission to think it, and then release it.” — Shirley Lytle