In the busy world of mechanics, it’s become increasingly important to be more proactive in taking care of yourself and your mental well being. As we’re a caring bunch over here at InAutomotive, we’ve compiled our top 7 quick tips on how to be kind to yourself today… and everyday!
Reflect on how far you’ve come
In a hectic working world, you can be so far swept up in the present that you can’t even see how far you’ve come. Take the time to reflect and congratulate yourself for everything you’ve achieved. By having positive feelings towards yourself and your accomplishments, you’ll ultimately feel better, stronger and more positive about your future goals.
Let your body do the talking
Working on vehicles all day means your job is likely tiring. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed, stop and listen to your body. Only you will truly understand how your body works and functions. Why not try some daily relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation? A simple 10 minutes at home everyday can have a significant effect on your mental and physical health by relieving stress and strengthening your immune system.
Share your feelings
Working as a mechanic can be tiring. Take the time to process how work makes you feel rather than bottling up your emotions. Writing your feelings down in a journal is a great outlet for processing emotions and increasing self awareness. By putting your thoughts onto paper, your wandering mind can engage with your thoughts. This way, past frustrations and future anxieties are lost in the present moment and mindfulness is achieved.
While your working hours will often be tiring, challenging and stressful, there’s still time for a little fun in every single day. Whether your idea of fun is a pint of beer after work, playing with your kids or simply watching your favourite movie, it’s true what they say – laughter is the best medicine.
Laughing is one of the most effective things you can do to reboot your energy and optimism towards life. Laughter is that good, it’s even been proven to be good for your health by strengthening your immune system and protecting you from the damaging effects of stress.
Studies have shown that giving makes us far happier than receiving. In a strange twist of fate, you’re actually being selfish and selfless by giving to others.
The act of giving activates a region in the brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust which thus creates a ‘warm glow’ effect. Scientists also believe that altruistic behaviour releases endorphins in the brain and produces the positive feeling known as the ‘helpers high.’
Appreciate the people closest to you
If you regularly work long hours, take a little time every day to appreciate the people in your life. Even simple acts such as washing up after dinner or calling to say you love them (Hey, if it’s good enough for Stevie Wonder) can make a big difference.
Feed your body
Staying healthy isn’t easy. However, while it’s difficult, it’s not impossible to take care of your body as long as you’re organised and prepare your meals in advance. Choosing the right foods will improve your mood, energy levels and mental acuteness – perfect for when you’re on the go.
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