Four Mental Fitness Ideas to Help You Thrive in March
Four of the simplest low-effort mini mental fitness habits to add to your day. They’re tiny. And so very doable.
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you know that the month of March is the ultimate mixed bag. Think about it: it’s sort of winter, but not, and if you’re lucky you get full-blown spring. If you’re not, sporadic snow and lots of rain. Two lines in and we’re already too deep on the subject, but hear us out. We’re sick of the ‘new year, new me’ Januaries and would like to invite you to partake in mini-change March.
This is a low-key scenario where you add just one little thing (or four in this case if you like all of them) to test out what sort of impact they could have on your mental fitness. We’ve gathered a few below, but don’t worry — we’ll keep them coming.
Become the local litter patrol
Hang on a minute before you start pouting. Picking up litter when you’re an adult is a very different experience from when you’re a child and it’s a chore. Taking meaningful action when you see your local parks and forests polluted can help you make a first full step towards tackling climate anxiety (and doing something about it). It gets you out into the fresh air, it provides nearly effortless exercise, and decreases stress by exposing you to calming green hues. Go out and try it.
A foot rub? For me?
This isn’t the first time you’ve heard of self-massage, but it is the one time you’re going to actually do it. There’s really no need to enlist others to massage you when you’re perfectly capable of rubbing a sore muscle (a remnant of your litter-picking expedition, perhaps) or putting a little reflexology knowledge to use on your feet.
Experts will help you work on deeper pains, but manually massaging muscles will target the precise parts of your body that ache. Self-massage is so effective sometimes that we forget it works, so just imagine what you can accomplish by engaging in it regularly and on purpose…
The sacred hour of screen freedom
This is such a life-changing favourite. Imagine there was a way to help you get the most of your day with a single decision. One hour. Every day. As you wake up. With only one rule.
Don’t touch your phone.
Science backs it. If you jump straight on your phone when you wake up, your brain gets a dopamine hit that will create a craving for the rest of your day. Give yourself the first hour of the day to do precisely what you want to do; write, listen to a podcast, stretch, or listen to some music over a steaming cup of coffee and pretend you’re in an indie music video. Just do anything but check your phone. Thank us later.
Move the lamps around
We’ve created a lovely bit of content about the science of mood lighting, the gist of it being as follows: blue and white light — get to work, focus, provide for your tribe. Orange and yellow light — chill out and get ready to sleep, tomorrow is a new day.
Now that you know the secrets of the universe, why not see whether you can bring your salt lamp in the bedroom and put that bright white lamp in your workspace? The cost is zero and if you’re still not happy with the result, plan a shopping trip to find the perfect mood lighting for your home.
Enough about our tips, let’s talk about yours. Did you know we’re doing a tiny podcast on Spotify where you can submit your own wisdom and help the world get through another week?