Preparation is key: Prepare your mental health for the school year ahead
Your mental health can be your best asset or your best enemy. Having a good mental health day is unlike any other feeling, you are able to complete tasks with ease, engage in meaningful conversations and see the good in the world.
Having a bad mental health day can lead to unrestful sleep, low moods and not wanting to do anything of value for the day. Unfortunately, these days are all too common for too many people.
Pile school and study on top of that, and learning can seem almost impossible to some people. But what if I told you that there was a few simple steps to make sure that you have the best chance of having a good mental health day?
Mindset is key
Having a good mindset for the day, week and month ahead already set you up for success. Believing that you are able to achieve great things sets you up to kick some goals.
How do you change your mindset?
Changing your mindset is actually pretty easy if you practice it. There are two sure-fire ways I improve my mindset on a daily basis, and they are affirmations and journaling. Another way that has also shown many benefits is through accountability.
But how do I do that?
The important question is, how do you fix your mindset? Not sure where to start, well I have a blog post all about affirmations, but if you want to properly fix your mindset, take a look at the workbook below, with all three ways to change your mindset in an interactive way to help change your mindset fast.
Lists Lists Lists!
I am a lover of lists, clearly with that heading. Lists are what keep our brains in order, even when our brains have no order, hello ADHD! Lists also help keep our anxiety to a minimum, because let's be honest, no one needs any more added stress when you are starting a new school year.
How do I organise my lists efficiently?
What a great question! Because it's one thing to have a whole load of lists laying about, but it's another thing to have an order to your lists. A nice and neatly ordered list will help to keep your thoughts clearer, whereas jumbled lists will just cause more stress.
Don't get me wrong here, you write those lists however you need to, but it's important to label things on your lists in such categories:
- dinner items and pantry items
- items for me and items for the family
- things to get done today
- must do things for today and things I would like to get done if possible
You can have many different areas on one list, just make sure you label them as such. And if you're like me, tick them off as you go.
Check-in with yourself
Having check-ins is so important to be able to see your progress and if you regress at all. Being able to look back on certain points is good to be able to see your productivity levels when you are feeling a certain way.
Regressions don't mean you are failing
Progressing in life is what we all strive for, however, you are entitled to days where you don't see that progress. If you see a day where you had a bout of anxiety or depression, that's okay. It doesn't mean all your progress is lost.
Regressions happen because we are all human. The important thing to remember with these regressions is to get back on track as soon as possible. I've seen in so many places that people say to only allow a day for bad mental health, but personally, I know it takes me a good three days to recover from a regression. It's more important that you get your mental health back on track the right way, rather than rushing to achieve happiness in all the wrong ways.
Don't know how to check in with your mental health?
A really good place to start is with the accountability and check-in pages in the product below. The more you practice these skills, the easier they will come to you, and the more you will be able to do them on the fly. My wish is to get you to the point where you can check in with yourself at the time of having a low mood and know how to change it there and then.
What is this magical product you speak of?
I'm glad you asked! I have created a perfect little 32-page workbook for YOU! I know all too well what it was like in school, anxiety and depression were my battles. Everything in this workbook is all the things I wish I had in one simple PDF to help get me ready for the school year.
Thanks for reading! I hope these tips help you to build confidence and love yourself. If you have any other tips that have helped you, please share them in the comments below