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  • Writer's pictureEmile Neethling

Finding Your Mental Happy Place: Simple Steps to Get Back on Track

Ever feel like your mind's in a funk? You're not alone. We all have those days when our mental state feels a bit like Auckland's unpredictable weather – sunny one moment, stormy the next. As a life coach and a parent, I've learned a few tricks to help steer the mind back to its happy place. Let's dive into some easy, relatable ways to check in with your mental state and get it back on track.

Spotting the Signs

Think of your mind like a family chat at the dinner table. Sometimes, it's all jokes and laughter; other times, it's serious or quiet. Notice when you're feeling more down or anxious than usual, losing sleep, or feeling more irritable. These are your mind's way of saying, "Hey, something's up."

Simple Fixes

1. Take a Breather:

Remember how good breathing deep, fresh air at the beach feels? That's what mindfulness can do for your mind. A few minutes of deep breathing or sitting quietly can be a game-changer.

2. Move Your Body:

Have you ever noticed how a walk or a quick game of backyard cricket can lift your spirits? Exercise isn't just good for your body; it's a natural mood booster. So, get moving – it doesn't have to be a marathon, just something to get your heart rate up.

3. Chat It Out:

Talking to someone can be as comforting as a warm family hug. Whether it's a friend, family member, or a professional, sharing what's on your mind can lighten your load.

4. Get Creative:

Have you ever tried doodling, writing, or playing music when feeling off? It's like letting your mind play outside. These activities can help you express your feelings and see things from a new angle.

5. Seek Help When Needed:

Sometimes, we need a bit more help, and that's okay. It's like learning a new sport – sometimes you need a coach. Reaching out to a therapist or counsellor can be a big step in the right direction.

Keeping It Steady

1. Regular Check-Ins:

Just like you might regularly check your car's oil, do the same with your mental state. A quick daily "How am I feeling?" can make a big difference.

2. Set Boundaries:

It's okay to say no sometimes, like taking a rain check on a family outing when you're not up for it. Setting limits is healthy and necessary.

3. Keep Learning:

Stay curious about mental health. Read a book, watch a documentary, or listen to a podcast. The more you know, the better you can care for your mind.

Wrapping It Up

Remember, keeping your mental state in a good place is like keeping a garden – it needs regular care and attention. But the rewards? Your family, friends, and even you will appreciate a happier, healthier you. So, try these simple steps next time you feel a bit off. Your mind (and those around you) will thank you for it!

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