Developing Self-Care Habits

Danielle DuskaPsychotherapy

In the 24-hour day, there may be moments of no mental health distress, which may occur when you’re sleeping (unless you experience nightmares), watching a film, or perhaps partaking in an activity with a loved one. However, most of us will experience mental health distress at least once a day, if not more. To mitigate feeling trapped or drained by moments of mental health distress try to integrate self-care habits into your daily routine. 

The Building Blocks of Self-Care: although self-care can look like a relaxing bath or indulging in your favourite dessert, it also involves making daily choices to maintain your overall mental health. Try to consider the “Big Three” when developing self-care habits:

  1. SLEEP: make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. Without the proper amount of sleep we can experience heightened stress, mental fatigue, emotional dis-regulation, and low mood; 
  2. MOVEMENT: physical activity is an excellent way to support your mental health, especially for individuals who encounter daily stress or experience anxiety and low mood. Try to schedule movement into your daily routine that are feasible and fun; 
  3. NUTRITION: try to integrate a balanced diet into your life style. There are so many ways to do this, which can vary on individual needs. However, understanding nutrition is important because without regulation of glucose (the energy we get from food) we can experience frequent changes in our mood, fatigue, clouded thinking, and anxiety. 

If you are interested in managing your mental health distress through self-care or need support in establishing adaptive behaviours to improve your mental health, you can book a complimentary consultation at www.serenitynowwellness.ca or by calling (403) 454-7600.