R U Ok?

Last week it was "R U OK Day" - a day that reminds us to check in with our friends and family to see how they are feeling. 

One of the foundations of the selv brand is "stay self aware" - because we believe in order to be the best version of you, it's important to be aware of how you're feeling. 

Everyone has ups and downs - but being aware of how you're feeling and why can help you manage stress and improve relationships not only with others, but also with yourself. 

How we best deal with stress and mental health is different for everyone, but here are the top five things I like to do to help me stay self-aware:

 1. Yoga
Exercise for the body and mind, yoga has always been my go-to. It helps improve strength, flexibility and focus. Check out Elle Fit Active and Sjana Elise Earp on Instagram for some yogi-inspiration!

Image courtesy of @sjanaelise

Image courtesy of @sjanaelise

 

2. Eating well
Growing up in the country, eating out or eating takeaway was rarely an option. The difference a healthy diet can make to both physical and mental health is incredible. It's always a fun challenge to try new recipes and I'm always looking at delicious magazine and Donna Hay magazine as well as health blogs such as Kayla Itsines for inspiration! 

Image courtesy of @delicious

Image courtesy of @delicious

 

3. Meditation and mindfulness
Studies have shown the positive effects of meditation on brain function. There are even apps for guided meditation depending on what style you like! 

Image courtesy of @earthlingandreea

Image courtesy of @earthlingandreea


4. Keep a gratitude journal
Taking time to write down five things you are grateful for every day helps reinforce positivity, gratitude and mindfulness. There are apps that allow you to keep your journal on your phone - but personally I love some of the gorgeous notebooks from Kikki-K

Image courtesy of @Kikki-k

Image courtesy of @Kikki-k


5. Reading books and watching TED talks
One of my old housemates introduced me to TED talks a few years ago and I've been hooked ever since. When I have 10 minutes to spare and I'm looking for a boost of inspiration, I love to browse the latest talks or work my way through a playlist!

Since finishing study last year I'm also enjoying having time to read for pleasure. Some of my favourite "well-being" books that I've read lately include:

Image courtesy of Lisa Messenger

Image courtesy of Lisa Messenger