I recently got a question on what I do for my mental health.
In general, I’ve had my share of health issues, in particular the migraines and thyroid problems. Some of the symptoms of thyroid disease are very similar to the physical symptoms of anxiety. I’m generally not anxious, but when my thyroids go party in lalaland, and I experience a racing heart, then I do start to worry about what is going on, which then results in a vicious circle.
Anyway, this long preamble does not answer the question on what I do for my mental health.
I have a number of practices to keep myself balanced, but the number one thing that influences my health (mental and physical) is this: do not work too hard.
When I work long weeks, I don’t sleep enough, drink too much coffee, worry too much about everything that I still need to do, and don’t have enough time to spend on my hobbies. All of that is not good for me. My limit seems to sit somewhere around 65 hours of work in a week – that is a workload I can’t seem to carry. I do best when I work maximum (MAXIMUM) 55 hours in a week. And ideally, I’d scale down to 40 hours. That’s a work in progress.
Besides trying not to overwork, I do the following things that seem to be good for my mental health:
- play music
- try to get enough sleep (and really struggle with this)
- listen to music
- study random things
- go for hikes
- putter around in my little garden or arrange my flowers
What do you do for your mental health?