5 Tips to Step Up Your (mental) Health + Fitness Game

Posted on August 10, 2015 at 9:02 am by

Hey y’all! I hope you had a fabulous weekend (: I enjoyed a lot of relaxing since I took the GRE on Friday. I was mentally exhausted so I made sure to recoup. I figured I would share some of my tips for taking care of yourself MENTALLY, because it’s not only about exercise when it comes to health and fitness!

Mental Health1. Brain dump.

This is one of my favorite things to do. And all it requires is a pen and a notebook. I’m very type A and I’m a very visual person. I can’t just sit and think about things. I need to get them out on paper. Write them. See them. Read them. If I’m feeling mentally drained, I sit down at my desk (or somewhere that isn’t cluttered) and just WRITE. I write down goals, dreams, visions, quotes, doodles. WHATEVER. I just dump whatever is in my brain at the time onto paper. Hence: BRAIN DUMP.

2. Do something that you love but don’t have a lot of time to do.

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved nothing more than getting swept away by the pages of a good book. Now that I’m older and I have responsibilities (aka jobs, wife duties, and now…homework again) I don’t have a ton of free time to read for fun. When I’m feeling mentally exhausted I MAKE time to chill out and soak in the words of a captivating novel. It helps relax my mind and refresh me.

3. Veg a little.

I suck at relaxing. Period. I’m always finding something that “needs” to be done. My husband goes crazy sometimes because I cannot just sit on the couch for more than 30 minutes and BE. I’m working on that. After my big test on Friday, I took like 3 hours and just SAT my happy butt on the couch and watched TV. I was a little anxious the first hour or so, thinking that I could be getting so much done, but then I realized that my brain was tired and it was OKAY to veg out a little bit if it meant recouping my brain.

4. Get some fresh air.

This might not be true for everyone, but a nice deep breath of fresh air does something for my soul. I like taking my dogs on a walk (which is getting super hard since they’re both so big now, haha!) or going on a bike ride. One of my favorite things about doing these types of activities is that my hands are busy so I can’t check my phone. It’s just me, fresh air, and my thoughts. It’s freeing.

5. Reflect.

I think some people forget to STOP and reflect on a regular basis. I struggle with a lot of things, but I will say that I excel in reflecting. Every few weeks I make a point to think about things. My relationships with Jesus and my husband. My job. My family. My friends. My health + fitness. My goals. I make sure that I’m doing what I can to be the best/happiest version of me. If I don’t like something I figure out what I can do to change it. If I feel like I’m not spending enough time with my friends, I schedule a girls’ night. If I don’t feel fulfilled with my work I go back to the drawing board and figure out what direction I want to go (in my case – I’m going back to school to pursue Speech-Language Pathology). You HAVE to set aside time to stop and reflect. You’re never going to get off the hamster wheel that is life if you don’t.

I hope these little tips help you as much as they help me (: I’ve been focusing this year on my mental health rather than just my physical health and it has made all the difference! Always learn and always grow.

xo, Jess

P.S. I bought my first pumpkin flavored item this weekend – YAY! Go check out what it is over on Instagram!

 

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