We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: the stuff in your life takes up valuable space in your head. It’s probably time you made some room.
Creating a healthy headspace isn’t the kind of thing you can do in a day, think of it like building a new muscle, a mind muscle. Luckily, getting started doesn’t have to be so hard. Making space in your head can be as simple as talking to someone who’s happy to listen, or getting a good night’s sleep (here’s looking at you, Mums of the world).
Take a Sec to Meditate
When your life is full of kids, work, bills, and other mess (believe us, we know – the list goes on), taking time out of your day to meditate can feel like a chore, instead of what it actually is: self-care.
Turns out taking just ten minutes to breathe through your nose and out through your mouth can make a world of a difference. We didn’t believe it either, but ever since we got our TAXIBOXES meditating and yoga-ing they’ve never looked better.
If you need some mindfulness guidance, Headspace has an app you can try for free, full of guided meditation practices and other resources to help you clear your head.
Does a younger person in your life need the same support? Smiling Mind has an app full of guided meditation and more, designed with young people in mind.
Sleep Through the Night
Desperate for a good night’s sleep? We promise we don’t rely on our phones for EVERYTHING, but there IS an app for that (and it actually works, no counting sheep required).
Like the Headspace app, the Calm app is full of easy practices you can do at home when you need to wind down, so that you can get some sleep. FINALLY. You deserve it.
Seek Out Support
Just like unpacking your TAXIBOX, there’s no shame in asking for help when you need it (you can’t lift a fridge on your own, so why should you be expected to take care of your mental health without asking for a helping hand)?
If you need someone to talk to, Headspace provides Government-funded mental health services for young Australians aged 12-25.
Don’t fall into that crowd? Use the Australian Counselling Association to find a counsellor near you.
Lastly, if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, or struggling with thoughts of suicide and needs some support, contact Beyond Blue: or in a mental health emergency call Lifeline 131 114 or 000.