Like putting on a seatbelt, taking care of your mental health should eventually become second nature. A great place to start is just being aware. Ask yourself: What’s affecting me mentally? What brings me joy? What causes stress? Awareness of these influences can make a big difference.
From there, lay a foundation for your mental wellness by prioritizing these four things: enough sleep, proper nutrition, regular exercise, and social connections.
Next, pursue something that brightens your day. Pick up a new hobby. Practice gratitude. Try meditation through an app like Headspace. Reach out to an old friend. Or spend a Saturday morning doing something you love.
Self-care can also include reaching out for help when needed — for example, by identifying a therapist or attending a support group. The best way to help ourselves is being honest about what we need.
As you make a plan for addressing these stressors, think about your strengths as a person. Are you super creative? Are you the one friends turn to for advice on health, money, or travel? Do they rely on you for your humor, your judgment, or your leadership?
As you focus on self-care, identifying the areas in which you excel can boost your self-confidence, reinforce your sense of purpose, and create opportunities for you to apply your strengths.
Reduce tension in your body and mind by visualizing a place where you feel at peace.
Before games, what I do is I meditate. … Take a couple minutes to breathe, close my eyes and I think of good thoughts … and now I just know to go out there and have fun.
- Angel McCoughtry
Las Vegas Aces
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