Resolutions typically revolve around physical health, but January is a great time to take stock of your mental wellbeing, too.

It’s hard to believe another year has flown by, let alone another decade.

With the countless to-do lists, stresses and strains of everyday life, it can become easy to fall into the routine of simply making it through the day – the week, the month – without taking a moment to yourself.

So it may have been a while since you last took stock of how you’re doing. How you’re really doing.

Here are a few simple tips on how to check in with your mental wellbeing this summer and make a few improvements.

Make proper sleep habits a priority

Most adults require between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night to function well during the day. If you’re getting less than that or regularly find yourself nodding off in the afternoon, you may need more sleep.

Create an evening routine that focuses on getting to sleep on time – put the phone down, have a cup of herbal tea, read a book, and head to bed earlier than usual.

Find what works for you and you’ll feel better for it every day with an improved mood and more focus.

Manage the stress in your life

Stress is a natural part of life, and there will always be times of added stress throughout the year. However, if you feel like the stress has become constant, take the time to try and get it under control.

Stress comes in different forms, from financial woes to work issues to family and relationship concerns. No matter the cause, there are methods that can help alleviate some of the strain.

Consider taking time to relax with yoga or meditation, plan fun moments and activities into your day and week so you always have something to look forward to, and don’t be afraid to turn down added commitments when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

You can also turn to helpful sites such as the Mental Health Foundation for advice and resources.

Make time for exercise (even just a little)

A quick 15-minute walk is considerably better than nothing, as is taking the stairs instead of the lift, or simply dancing around the house.

You don’t have to commit to a five-day-a-week crossfit program to reap the benefits of a little exercise. Any physical activity can help to pick up your mood and alleviate stress – so find something you enjoy and fit it in wherever you can.

Also – don’t beat yourself up if you don’t always manage it. Stressing yourself out over not exercising can do more harm than not exercising!

Be mindful of what you eat

What we eat can have a huge impact on how we feel, think, and behave every day, and it’s often overlooked when taking stock of mental wellbeing.

While cheap takeaways and treats can be enjoyable in the moment, they can ultimately bring down your mood and energy levels.

Instead, add plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet – summer is the perfect time to load up on fresh, seasonal produce that offers an array of beneficial nutrients. Opt for lean meats, lots of fibre, and other sources of nutrition.

You can still have the occasional treat, just make sure it’s all part of a balanced diet that’s great for your mental wellbeing.

Whether you make a point of improving your mental wellbeing as part of a New Year’s resolution or simply want to enjoy a stress-free summer, any step forward is a step in the right direction.

Check out more of our articles on everyday health and wellbeing for handy tips and advice.

Disclamer: This content is for informational purposes only and should not substitute advice from your healthcare professional. If symptoms persist or you require specialist advice, please consult your healthcare professional.

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