Mental health is important to me. Everything else in my life is directly connected to how well I manage my stress levels. It affects how many projects I’m able to take on and my overall sense of well-being.
To support my mental health, there are things that I do every week to ensure that I’m at my best. With my fast-paced lifestyle, I purposefully create space for things that help me be the best wife, mother and businesswoman I can be. I don’t believe in spending money unnecessarily, so I came up with a list of activities that help me stay balanced and won’t break the bank.
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We often forget about the wealth of resources that can be found at our local libraries. Now that we can download a book and have it in seconds, libraries are a thing of the past for many people. Those digital downloads add up over time, though, and the same ones can most often be found at the library for free. I know that some libraries will order books when you request them, which is a bonus.
The library also offers a quiet environment that I can’t always get at home. Take the extra step to drive over to your library and check out books on positive mental health. Another tradition of mine is to visit the bookstore every Saturday morning, even if I’m not planning on making a purchase. It gives me time to reflect and stay abreast of new business trends.
Not Filling Up My Calendar
There used to be a time where my calendar was always booked up with events. It was a disaster because I was burning the candle at both ends. Outside of my work as an entrepreneur, I have personal relationships that are very important to me. Visiting my aging parents, and spending time with my husband and son, are a priority. Time is our most valuable resource, so I make sure to only schedule events now that align with my goals and support me being a balanced person. That means that I can’t say yes to every invite, but it makes me more effective at the events that I choose to partake in.
Walks Around the Neighborhood
Exercising is imperative for mental health. It ignites those feel-good endorphins that boost your mood and help you sleep better at night. Gym memberships can be expensive, and my pocketbook and I feel better knowing that a gym membership isn’t siphoning money out of my account every month.
A better option for me is walking my neighborhood three times a week. It helps me feel calmer and more relaxed. Exercising also helps me sleep better at night, and we all know that a good night’s rest helps us to be more focused and ready to attack the day. Working out at home or taking a walk or run around your neighborhood is just as effective as going to the gym.
I enjoy getting a massage or facial at my local spa. While this may sound expensive, it’s not. I’m enrolled in a membership program that allows me to receive massages and facials for only $75 a month. It’s a great deal because I go often and that would usually be the cost of just one session. Check out your neighborhood spa to see what kinds of membership programs they have.
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You don’t have to go broke to support your mental health. It’s less about the money you spend and more about thinking of creative ways to help yourself relax, so you can control how you show up in life. If we don’t make mental health a priority, our business and personal relationships will inevitably suffer. Making my mental health a priority has been my best investment.
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