No beating about the bush here… this post was created to be a guide to help you structure your life in a way that helps your mental health and wellbeing. Let’s jump right into it.
One of the easiest ways to lessen the chaos we create for ourselves is to create a routine. I’m not just referring to a morning routine, where you wake up, make your bed, meditate, etc. Although this is certainly a part of your overall routine, it isn’t the beginning and the end.
When I say create a routine for yourself, I’m referring to being able to almost automate simple decisions, in order to free up time to do things that actually spark joy in you. On a rough estimate, the human mind makes approximately 35,000 remotely conscious decisions every day, of which around 226 centre around food and drink.
If you can simplify even some of the major decisions you have to make every day, you get to focus on hobbies, interests, learning new skills, and so much more.
Simplifying things into a routine can take many forms. Can you eat the same breakfast for the entire week? Can you channel Steve Jobs and wear something similar to work every day? Can you automate your weekly or fortnightly grocery order?
A routine doesn’t always have to be a complicated series of steps. You can start with one or a couple of steps and see how much mental time that frees up for you.
Meditation and Mindfulness
One of my favourite words that I’ve discovered on the internet is “Sonder”. Invented by author John Koenig, sonder is the realisation that every random passer-by is living a life as deep and as complex as your own, while you are just an extra in the background.
The easiest way to remember that everyone has ups and downs in life, and that you’re not alone is to simply look around you. Everyone has their own story and everyone goes through tough times. C'est la vie!
Meditation will help you navigate these tough times better. It helps you have a deeper understanding of your emotions and how to be more present in the now. It is important to remember that meditation comes in different forms and you will need to try a few different things before you find the one that suits you the most.
Trying apps that offer guided meditations is a great way to start if you are a beginner. Headspace, Insight Timer (Australian-made and also free!!), and Calm are some great apps to try.
Honestly, if there’s one thing you take away from this post, it should be this one. I cannot stress how important sleep is to mental health. Your digestive system, nutrition, regenerative cycles, mindfulness – everything is affected by the quantity and quality of your sleep.
Sleep cycles differ from person to person, but most of us need about 7-9 hours to awaken refreshed and ready to step into a new day.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, there are a few things you can try before you go to a professional. Some things that may help are:
- Darkening the room where you sleep
- No electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime
- No alcohol or sugary drinks at least 2-3 hours before bedtime
- Try apps like Calm, Headspace, Aura, or Slumber to calm your mind
If simple tricks like these don’t help, it may be time to see a doctor. There may be underlying causes of your insomnia that may be best resolved by a professional diagnosis.
Yootropics offers some great nootropics to enhance your mental health and improve the quality of sleep you get. Check out Yootropics Calm which has been designed to calm the mind and improve the quality of sleep.
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