Overlooked Self-Care Practices You Need to Incorporate for Better Mental Health

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Allow me to introduce a guest post this week by fellow blogger Brad Krause! He writes on a self care website and has graciously offered to share an original post with us today. Brad created SelfCaring.info after years spent putting his own self-care on the back burner. Brad discovered his real calling-helping people implement self-care practices that improve their overall wellbeing. His website is intended to share his own knowledge and the many great resources he finds on his self-care journey.

Self care, mental health, time off–all of these terms are tossed around regularly nowadays as we recognize how much we, as a society, lack in this area of life. In our digitized, workaholic lives it’s hard to take the time to reflect and really focus on making sure that we’re truly doing ok. And if you’re not doing ok, then how do you go about rectifying yourself? Our guest today shares some tips of easy ways you can get yourself back on the self care track and on your way to better mental health.

Without further ado…

Self-care is so much more than facial scrubs and long baths (although these certainly count). There are so many overlooked self-care practices you need to indulge in that are not only beneficial to your mental health, but improve your overall wellness too. If you are searching for ways to take your self-care routine to the next level, read on for some helpful suggestions.

Catch a few rays

When you can manage it, squeeze in 15 to 20 minutes of sun time, whether you lounge on a bench, stroll through the park, or walk on the beach. The boost of vitamin D is good for you, and the surge of serotonin in your brain will leave you feeling calm, relaxed, and in a better mood; just be sure to wear SPF.

Get a change of scenery

We all have our routines, but a change of scenery can do wonders for your mental health, helping to reduce stress, increase physical activity via exploration, and boost our overall happiness. If you’re looking to get some of that vitamin D we talked about earlier, take a vacation or staycation in Los Angeles in a vacation rental with all the comforts of home. Regardless of what neighborhood you choose – Santa Monica, Silverlake, the San Fernando Valley – you’ll find a vacation rental that enables you to participate in various activities and interests for a relaxing (and healthy) vacation.

Brush like you mean it

You already know how important it is to have good oral hygiene, but did you know oral health and mental health are connected? Anxiety and depression cause your body to produce a hormone called cortisol. When cortisol is present in large amounts, it can cause inflammation and speed up the development of gum disease and tooth decay. Neglecting to keep your mouth healthy can contribute to feelings of depression as well. If you can’t remember the last time you went to the dentist, now is the time to get connected with a new one to keep your smile healthy. Use online resources to find dentists in your area.

Stick to a bedtime

When you stay up too late, it becomes easier to forego brushing your teeth, washing your face, or doing your typical relaxation activities, such as yoga or reading. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation can make it difficult to regulate your emotions, leading to bad moods and anxiety. To set a bedtime routine, pick a reasonable time to go to bed that enables you to get at least 8 hours of quality sleep. Set an alarm for 30 minutes before your bedtime, which will be your cue to start getting ready for bed by brushing your teeth, turning off electronics, and changing into your pajamas.

Take a break from social media

If you’re like most people, you spend way too much time on social media than you care to admit. Consider doing a social media cleanse by deactivating your accounts or deleting the apps from your phone. The same came be applied to those games you have become obsessed with playing. You might find that without the constant flow of information, messages, and pressure to advance to the next level, you feel a little less stressed and anxious. The absence of the blue light from staring at your phone in bed can help you sleep better too. Plus, you’ll be able to focus on areas of your life you’ve neglected, such as self-care, relationships, and exercise.

Self-care is one of those things that is often neglected, but its importance can’t be stressed enough. While it’s easy to overlook, it’s even easier to get yourself back on track. The suggestions above are just a few ideas to get you started. Once you see how good you feel, you won’t be able to stop.

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