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New Year, New Mental Health Routine

Now more than ever, we need to focus on our mental health. Developing a healthy routine that works for you can greatly benefit your mental health. The same way that we think of routines for our physical health, we can also benefit ourselves by having routines that focus on our mind. In this blog post, we will have a look at how you can build a mental health routine, elements that are shown to work and how you can make sure you stick to it.

The Benefits of a Mental Health Routine

According to mental health charity Mind.org, ‘building a routine that you can stick to in daily life might not sound important, but for some people routine is what helps to keep them grounded.’

There is a growing list of potential benefits for curating a mental health routine. According to mental health app Headspace, it can help to alleviate anxiety, stress, insomnia, as well as ADHD and bipolar disorder.

A routine allows you to check in with yourself, understand what is lying heavy on your mind and address it. This helps to avoid problems and worries filling up your mind, as your routine schedules a time for you to thoroughly think through these issues and work through them.

Keep The Routine Simple and Find What Works for You

Let’s try something together now. Follow this link to go to the Calm, Breathe page. That’s right, we’re going to breathe together. Slowly breathing in and slowly breathing out. The page will use a simple animation to help you take deep, even breaths. Keep breathing for 1 – 3 minutes.

How do you feel? Calmer? Does your mind feel clearer?

According to the NHS, just a few minutes of deep, measured breathing can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and signs of panic.

Calm also recommends the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 technique that can help clear your mind and keep you grounded.

  1. Name 5 things you can see
  2. Name 4 things you can hear
  3. Name 3 things you can feel
  4. Name 2 things you can smell
  5. Name 2 thing you can taste

This can also work as a starting point if you are new to journaling or meditating.

Building a Routine

When you’re looking at building a mental health routine, keep in mind what you want the routine to help you with. Here are a few examples:

  • Help with sleep
  • Help alleviate stress and/or anxiety
  • Help with making time for what matters
  • Help me be more productive
  • Help me be more creating

Whatever your goals may be, keep them in focus when you are trying different things to add to your routine.

For instance, the breathing exercise we did before is a form of meditation. Meditation falls into the mindfulness category when it comes to mental health. Studies have shown that practicing mediation can increase resilience to stress, increase compassion and sharpen your attention.

Other mindful activities to try including keeping a journal, light forms of exercise like walking and yoga and taking time away from your phone and technology.

Incorporating CBD Into Your Routine

Although studies of CBD are still ongoing, early results are showing the potential benefits of taking CBD for your mental health. We delve deeper into how CBD can benefit your mental health in our previous blog post – you can read it here.

With a wide variety of products out there, you can easily incorporate CBD into your mental health routine. From taking a couple of CBD oil drops on a night time to potentially help with your sleep, to CBD gummy sweets or soft drinks to potentially help settle your mind during a hectic day, there are a range of products to suit your routine and lifestyle.

To get started with incorporating CBD into your routine, book in a free 1-2-1 consultation with our experienced staff today who will guide you towards the best CBD products for you to try. You can contact via our website, Facebook, or Instagram page, or call our store – 0191 284 0407.

Whatever elements you choose to put into your mental health routine, make sure it works for you. Your routine is unique to you and your mind, meaning comparing routines with your friend’s routine might not be beneficial. If something works for you, stick with it, and soon it will become a habit and can help you develop a healthy mind.

Helpful Links

Mind.org

Headspace

Calm

NHS Mental Health Services

References

Mind.org: The importance of routine

Headspace: The secret benefits of routines (it won’t surprise you)

Mindful.org: 10 things we know about the science of meditation

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