These 10 tips are simple ways you can start to rebalance your mental health and this works very well alongside a diabetes management plan.
1. Value yourself - look after you!
Treat yourself kindly and take time for hobbies that you enjoy personally - it doesn’t have to be anything major - it could be reading / walking / yoga or simply sharing a coffee with a friend and talking.
2. Take care of your body (which will in turn help your mental health)
Taking care of yourself physically will relate to your mental health significantly. The important ones include:
Quit Smoking (if you do)
Increase your green vegetable intake
Lower your sugar and refined carbohydrate load
Drink 2-3L of water every day.
SLEEP! A critical part of your life - more so than people think. 7-9 hours per night (some need more, some less)
3. Surround yourself with people who have a positive influence on you.
People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Surround yourself with people who are positive, set goals and who make you feel good about yourself are always the best types of people to associate with.
4. Volunteer and share your story!
Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You'll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it's a great way to meet new people. Share your story online - via a blog, instagram or facebook. Ever since I began sharing my diabetic life and showing people how to live well through nutrition and exercise I have met lots of people and made connections throughout the world.
5. Deal with stress - stress management tips:
Practice good coping skills:do Tai Chi, exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Try to small things go - if you can change the stress and remove it then do so, but try not to focus on the things that aren’t worth stressing over and that you can’t change.
6. Quiet your mind.
Try meditation - my favourite app is called Headspace. Available on apple store and google play. All it takes is 10 minutes. Another option is a long walk stopping on the way to enjoy the sites and breath as you walk.
7. Set small realistic goals
Decide what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally, and write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Aim high, but be realistic and don't over-schedule. You will feel incredible self worth and drive to keep going when you reach each small goal.
8. Break up the monotony - do small things often that are fun and that you enjoy.
Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule.
9. Avoid alcohol and other drugs
Often alcohol / drugs are used by people to make themselves feel better, like after a hard day at work. This is a very short term fix and will often result in issues later on if it is abused.
10. Get and ask for help when you need it.
Asking others for help and taking help when offered is so important! It is often overlooked and we like to feel as if we can do anything and get on with things on our own - but it is always easier to solve a problem or talk things through with someone close to you who has perhaps had a similar experience and can offer valuable advice.