5 Steps to Spring Clean Your Mental Health
Spring cleaning traditionally means to clean out the house right?
If you’re anything like us, it’s hit September (already!) and life’s busyness has taken over - New Year’s resolutions have been forgotten, self-care may have fallen to the wayside, and our mental health could use a check in and tune up.
In honour of Self-care September, here are five simple steps to motivate you to spring clean your mental health and ensure keeping mentally healthy is a priority!
1. Download Action for Happiness's Self-care September Calendar and Set Yourself a Daily Self-care Goal.
Learning to prioritise your mental health is important, as when are mentally healthy you can cope better with the stresses of everyday life. The self-care calendar by Action for Happiness is loaded with ideas to inspire you to doing just that!
2. Use Our Act-Belong-Commit Weekly Planner!Our Weekly Planner is a great resource to help you track your mentally healthy activities. And who knows, you might be doing more than you think – which is AMAZING to recognise.
However, if the page is looking a bit light, now is a good time to have a think about what else you could be doing. Why not take a look on our activity finder for a mentally healthy activities to do near you?
Having meaningful relationships with family and friends gives us a sense of belonging in life which keeps us mentally healthy, and it's important we make the time to nurture these relationships. Do you have any friends or family you haven’t seen in a while? Even if it’s not for a few weeks, send them a message to let them know you are thinking about them and to make a plan to catch up. Even better, check in with them and ask RUOK?
4. Spring Clean…
We apologise if you only read this article because it didn’t involve house work, however giving your living space a freshen up and a clean out can be motivating and provide you with a sense of accomplishment. Cleaning can also be a relaxing and satisfying exercise to boost your mood - seriously!
To help you make a start, choose one room, be it your bedroom, living room, lounge or even your pantry, and then take it from there!
5. Finding Meaning and Purpose
Here at Act-Belong-Commit, finding meaning and purpose in life is one of our motto's.
At first, this can seem a little overwhelming. It might take some soul searching, trial and error, and time; but finding meaning and purpose is an important step in creating a mentally healthy life.
So start small and work your way up. People often find meaning from the simple things such as work, volunteering, learning a new skill or embarking on a challenge.
Now It's Time to Make a Pledge!
Taking care of yourself should be a priority, and to stop it from being so overwhelming, start small by making a pledge online. And so you don't forget, we will send you an email with your pledge and a reminder in a month to check in with how you’re doing.