Ten ways to take a mental break
With so much uncertainty, stress and confusion it’s important for parents to make sure their mental health is well taken care of. You need to stay in a good head space in order to maintain being the leader for your family who is relying on you at this hectic time. Remember to take time out for yourself on a regular basis to prevent being overwhelmed and burned out.
Ten ways you can take a mental break:
Watch a funny movie – When’s the last time you were able to get in a really good laugh? Make a sweet treat and put on one of your favorite flicks. Afterall, they say laughter is the best medicine.
Take a coffee break – There always comes a time where we could use a little pep in our step, and coffee has proven to be a great way to give an extra boost when needed!
Journal – There’s nothing like a good ol’ pen and paper. Writing is truly good for the soul and has so many advantages. It has been known to provide mental clarity, relieve stress, helps you organize your thoughts and so much more.
Take a walk outside – What’s better than fresh air? Taking a spin around the neighborhood can clear your mind and helps you stay active, it’s even something the whole family can do together to get a change of scenery from the indoors.
Listen to music – Music is a very effective way to reduce pain or anxiety and gain a sense of comfort. Enjoying a good tune or two can also elevate your mood, spark happiness and can even help you sleep better at night.
Meditate – Practicing meditation yields many mental, physical and health benefits. It is known to decrease anxiety, strengthen attention span and increase energy levels, just to name a few.
Turn off your electronics – We all need a break from screen time every now and then, no matter how old we are. Staying glued to electronics can be emotionally draining, especially with all the stories constantly posted in the media. Take the break you need from your gadgets, even if it’s just for 30 minutes.
Read a book – Reading has a plethora of benefits. It improves brain connectivity, prevents cognitive decline and aids in better rest at night, all while helping to reduce stress. How many books can you cross off your reading list now that you have some extra time on your hands?
Call a friend – Isolation is hard. But getting through it is a lot easier when we can call our friends and loved ones for support, even if it is from a distance.
Home spa day – Just because salons and spas are considered non-essential doesn’t mean you can’t have a day of relaxation and pampering at home.
Did you know that you and your children have access to two counselors through Village Health Partners? Learn more about them here, and schedule a virtual appointment if you need someone to talk to.