In January, many of us focus on our physical health. We’re joining gyms, heading out for runs, and eating healthy. However, how much do we think about our mental health? Are you taking steps in 2020 to ‘workout’ and improve your emotional fitness?
A new app is focusing on just that. Fika wants to build up emotional fitness just like you would with a physical fitness app. Initially designed for students, it was created in association with seven psychologists, creating emotional exercises to help with your mental health. A lot of the theories behind it come from CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), which is often used for those experiencing depression and anxiety. This solution-based therapy helps people find the tools within themselves to be more positive, adaptable, confident and help them in their daily life and relationships.
The app takes you through five minute ‘workouts’ by either listening to someone walking you through the task or reading it. It includes spending time thinking about what you are grateful for, things that make you happy, or setting goals to help you achieve what you want from your life. Sometimes you write them down, or sometimes just spend time reflecting on them.
Just like physical workouts help your build strength, mental workouts help improve focus, confidence and resilience.
10 Emotional Workouts
Here are some tasks to help you improve your emotional fitness and make your mental health as much a priority as your physical health.
- 5 minute meditations – these are a great way to spend some time to relax and spend time being mindful. Check out article with some of the best meditation apps.
- Spend 5 minutes each day to write down how you’re feeling to start getting your feelings out.
- Think of three positive things about your day each evening – it can even be small things that made you smile. Write them down in a journal to keep track.
- Take time to remember what you are grateful for. Write down what you’re grateful for in your life.
- If you have something you want to achieve, write a list of smaller tasks to work towards the end goal.
- Think of something nice you can do for someone else – helping other people makes us feel better!
- Spend 5 minutes colouring – if meditation isn’t your thing, colouring can help achieve the mindfulness you need.
- Spend some time smiling. It might feel weird when you’re stressed, but it can actually make you feel better.
- Call someone up you haven’t talked to in a while. Staying connected to people helps our own mental health.
- Write down things that you like about yourself. Sometimes that can feel difficult, but focusing on your positives can help spend less time thinking about the things you don’t like.