If we learned anything from 2020, it’s that we all need to focus on our self-care, now more than ever before. After a long year of fighting a global pandemic, in addition to the many other events we experienced as a collective, we need a reminder to slow down and practice psychological self-care.
Taking care of your mind and thought patterns isn’t always an easy thing to do, especially when there’s so much uncertainty in the world around us. But with the right tools, practices, and plan, we can navigate the future with self-assurance and resilience.
Want to come along on our journey to better psychological self-care in 2021? Read on.
What is Psychological Self-Care?
Psychological self-care is the means by which you care for your mental wellbeing. It’s a fairly broad concept, applying to multiple areas of everyday life. However you approach your own psychological self-care, its end goal is universal: bringing calm resilience to the mind so that we can face everyday challenges…and thrive while doing so.
Nurturing psychological health looks different from one person to the next. While some individuals might seek out quiet activities such as meditation or reading self-help books, others prefer physical activity and talk therapy. The components that support your mental wellbeing form a varied but cohesive patchwork that helps you navigate life with a steady perspective, even during the toughest times.
Creating Your Psychological Self-Care Plan
Building your own plan for psychological self-care involves exploring activities and daily habits that help you to feel nurtured and centered. Once you’ve chosen the practices that best support your mental wellbeing, it’s time to turn them into daily habits.
To design a routine that supports psychological wellbeing, you first need to decide what activities bring you peace and joy. Then, create a life rhythm built around the things you love. Building a routine into your self-care plan will help you to maintain a steady outlook even when life gets tough.
Here are some ideas to help kick-start your psychological self-care plan:
- Engage in mindfulness habits throughout the day
- Learn a new creative pursuit (or pick up an old one)
- Go to massage therapy
- Practice meditation or yoga
- Move your body every day
- Avoid sedentary habits that keep you immobile
- Diffuse uplifting essential oils such as peppermint or lemon
- Write your feelings in a journal
- Engage your senses
- Try a calming adult coloring book
- Spend time outdoors in your favorite places
- Focus on positivity and optimistic thinking
- Ask for help when you need it
- Attend therapy if needed
- Read books and listen to podcasts that promote self-help and mental wellbeing
- Nurture yourself through self-love journaling
- Use an app such as Headspace or The Anxiety Solution
- Get plenty of sunshine during the day and enough sleep at night
Regardless of whether you take some of the above ideas for yourself or come up with something completely different, take the time to start nurturing YOU.
Nutritional Ways to Support Your Psychological Health
In addition to creative outlets, positive habits, and physical exercise, nutrition also supports psychological self-care. The foods you eat and the daily supplements you take all influence your mental wellbeing. When your diet and nutrition are balanced, your body is more likely to achieve balance, too. And a balanced body supports a healthy mind.
Focus on eating nutrient-dense, unprocessed foods that are high in natural vitamins and nourishing to the body. Then, listen to your body and pay attention to how you feel after eating certain foods. This practice will help you choose what foods are best for you.
In addition, select nutritional supplements made only with the most wholesome ingredients, and no chemicals or added fillers. Along with your daily vitamins and minerals, consider adding cannabidiol (CBD) from hemp to your routine. Water-soluble CBD is an excellent choice because it’s ten times more effective than oil-based CBD products–meaning that you get more nourishing cannabinoids, exactly where your body needs them most.
Whether you incorporate CBD as a nutritional supplement like a capsule or vape, or just want to use it topically, we have a formula that can help you promote a balanced body and mind. You can learn more about CBD and join us on our journey to psychological self-care here.
How do you take care of your mental wellbeing? What are some of your favorite self-care habits to keep your outlook upbeat? Let us know in the comments.