Mental Health Mentor & Family Anxiety Specialist, Cai Graham, says, “We all know the basics of spring cleaning our self-care routine: eating well, staying hydrated, and exercising regularly. But sometimes, we need a little extra spark to ignite our motivation.
So, let’s dive into some quirky and unconventional ideas that will truly spark the juices and add a touch of fun to our mental health spring cleaning. Get ready to think outside the box and discover unique ways to rejuvenate your well-being!
1. Have a dance party for one:
Put on your favourite music and let loose with some spontaneous dancing. It’s a fun and lighthearted way to boost your mood and release stress.
2. Try laughter yoga: Engage in laughter yoga exercises, where you intentionally laugh without relying on jokes or humour. It may seem silly, but laughter has been shown to reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
3. Create a “worry jar”: Decorate a jar and label it as your “worry jar.” Whenever you have a worry or anxious thought, write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. This symbolic act can help you mentally let go of worries and focus on the present moment.
4. Have a “gratitude photo challenge”: Take a daily photo of something you’re grateful for, whether it’s a beautiful sunset, a kind gesture, or a moment of joy. Compile these photos into a gratitude journal or share them with friends to spread positivity.
5. Have a “digital detox day”: Dedicate a day to disconnecting from technology. Put your phone on airplane mode, avoid screens, and spend quality time engaging in offline activities that bring you joy.
6. Create a “comfort box”: Fill a box with items that bring you comfort and joy, such as a cozy blanket, scented candles, or your favourite book. Open it whenever you need a soothing and uplifting moment.
7. Try “scent therapy”: Experiment with different scents that have calming or uplifting effects on your mood. Use essential oils, scented candles, or even fresh flowers to create a soothing and aromatic environment.
8. Engage in “random acts of kindness”: Perform small acts of kindness for strangers or loved ones, such as leaving a positive note for someone, buying a coffee for the person behind you in the queue, or volunteering your time for a charitable cause. These acts not only brighten someone else’s day but also boost your own sense of fulfilment.
Remember, these quirky tips can add a playful and unique touch to your mental health routine. Have fun exploring them and see what works best for you!”