Mastering the skill to prioritize is an invaluable asset tool for your self care. It can help you manage so many areas, eliminate or lessen the chances of burn out and help you create long-standing self care practices.
These five ways of prioritizing your mental health were shared from licensed mental health professionals within IOME who truly know the importance of having good mental health!
1. Have self compassion
In other words; be kind to yourself. Learn to give yourself grace. It's okay to not be perfect. Do your best in everything and know that it is okay to fall short of expectations, including your own. You are the one you talk to the most, so be nice to yourself and don't speak to you or about you negatively.
2. Say no in order to focus on you
If you are someone who tries to please everyone, do yourself the biggest favor and learn to say no to others and yes to yourself. It's okay to say no or release yourself from obligations that are keeping you from practicing your best self care.
3. Slow down and rest
Take intentional time on a regular basis to slow down. Check in with yourself and your surroundings and truly ask yourself how you are doing. Use this time to meditate, journal, or simply sit in silence. Talk to yourself like you are checking in with a friend, see what might come up.
4. Do the things that matter most to you often
Be sure to not neglect the things that 'fill up your cup'. No matter how small or trivial they may seem to others, or even to yourself, if it makes you happy and fills you up keep doing it! You matter and how you treat yourself matters, so make yourself happy with your favorite activities or hobbies.
5. Reach out to a professional
See a therapist. Regularly going to therapy not only helps aid poor mental health, but it can also help support and grow good mental health. There doesn't have to be anything "wrong" with you to see a therapist. Simply strengthening your mental health is enough!
IOME offers a complimentary session with one of our licensed therapists. Talk, we'll listen! IOME wants you to practice truly guilt-free self care and that includes your mental health.
Give these a try as you learn to prioritize your mental health. We would love to hear how it's going! Contact IOME at any time!