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How to Schedule for a Better Mental Health

Decide Your Routine

Establishing a positive daily routine is both a self-investment and a way to do your best for the rest of the world. It also provides additional benefits, such as giving you structure, building forward-moving habits, and creating momentum that will carry you on the days when you feel like you don’t have the strength to carry yourself.

Try to keep things as normal as possible. Getup and go to bed at your usual time. Follow your usual routines. Plan how you’ll spend your day with forward-moving habits and pin you plan up on the wall. If you aren’t happy with your usual routine, it can also be a good time to do things differently. Schedule for improved health overall and stick to your plan.

For example, going to bed earlier and if you live with others, try to agree on a household routine and give each other space. Don’t part yourself too much from people but relax and take time out. Schedule times when you wish to speak with household members and spend valuable time talking and having good honest relaxing fun.

Remember to always schedule a routine and change it from time to time to keep you interested. Sometimes suffering from mental illnesses can mean keeping it simple but being bored can create a mood. Spend time getting used to how you feel and change your surrounding from time to time and do some tasks that interest you.

If you feel bored, try placing a soothing song on that makes you feel calm and calculate how long it takes before you need to place something else on that interests you and soothes your mind. You’ll get used to knowing when to unwind and place some relaxing music on.

There are millions of soothing songs on YouTube that are designed to keep you calm and in a good mood. You can even get songs that are designed to release the mind from a hectic day. Place your favourite routine songs on when you feel things are getting a little hard for you and release your mind to create karma into your day.

Try to Keep Active

Building physical activity into your day can make a big difference in how you feel. There are all kinds of options for staying active at home, including dancing, cleaning, going up and downstairs, online workouts and sitting less. These days there are millions of online courses for activities in the home from education to mind body and soul exercises.

Think Sunshine, Fresh Air and Nature

It is possible to get the possible effects of nature while staying indoors. You could try opening the windows, arranging a comfortable place to sit with a view of the trees or the sky. Arrange your room with plants and nice pictures and decorate it to bring karma into the home.

Looking at photo’s of your favourite natural places, listening to natural sounds like birdsong or ocean waves will bring peace into your mind. Allowing your time alone to be peaceful and rewarding forward-moving habits to complete the duties you may have planned for the day. Decorate your room with plants. You may be able to buy flowers or seeds from online delivery.

Relax, be Creative and Spend Your Time Well

There are lot’s of ways to unwind, take notice of the present and use your creative side. You could try drawing, painting, DIY, colouring, mindfulness, playing an instrument. singing, listening to music, writing, yoga or meditation. Or why not have a spring clean, clear out you’re inbox or write emails or letters to friends and family.

Give yourself a break. If you have an unproductive or bad day just hold tight and start fresh tomorrow. We all react and cope differently in times like this. There’s no right or wrong if you remain calm and calculated to planning your time at home, in the garden or on a nature walk.

Avoid sharing negative content and watching too much news: most of what we learn from the news is out of control. Update yourself on what’s essential and binge on the news.

Use all of your senses to saviour some good positive things. For example, use perfumes or aftershaves and enjoy their small, or feel the smoothness of materials. And be a child again: catch up with things that used to be fun when you were young and remember about the happy times you had in your life.

Keep Your Brain Stimulated

Try to set time aside in your routine for keeping your brain occupied. Read books, magazines and articles. Listen to podcasts, watch films and do puzzles. Some libraries now have apps so members can borrow ebooks, audiobooks and magazines too.

Think about things that make you happy and detach yourself from negative thoughts by triggering your memory of old times when you were happy. Write a poem about something that reminds you of the great times and read it out to family members

If you’re feeling anxious it might help to plan a safe space in your home that you can go to if you have panic attacks or flashbacks. Finding ways to distract your mind can help too. Breathing exercises, games and puzzles can all be used.

If you’re feeling claustrophobic or trapped open the windows and let the fresh air in. Spend time in the garden if you have one. And regularly change the rooms you spend time in.

A simple grounding technique is noticing five things you can see, four things you can feel, three things you can hear, two things you can smell and one thing you can taste. Rather than getting stuck in your own awareness of your body.

Schedule a time when you feel pressurised for forward-moving habits and sync your mind to plan your evening especially if you have just finished a day at work. Relax and think about feeling calm and place yourself in a relaxing mood and do the things you love.

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2 replies on “How to Schedule for a Better Mental Health”

This has been a really relaxing post to read. I already feel calmed and refreshed just by imagining being in contact with nature.

One of my biggest takeaways from this post are the need to keep active and also to do activities we enjoy such as painting. I’ll follow these suggestions. Thank you very much for these very useful tips.

Hi Ann, 

Thanks for commenting on my post, I really feel the difference when I take breaks and find somewhere at home I can write quietly, it makes all the difference. I feel finding other things to do in my spare time such as reading and some indoor exercising makes me refreshed and ready to work again.

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