How to Stay Present this Easter
Whether you are going home for Easter or staying at university, you might find there is a little added pressure on your mental wellbeing.
This pressure could be due to difficult family relationships, feeling lonely, or getting overwhelmed with the amount of work you have to do.
Whatever your situation is important to be proactive with your wellbeing and start thinking about some ways to support your mental wellbeing this Easter.
1. Digital detox
One of the best ways to promote mental wellness is through emotional connection. If you are with family and friends, try to put your phone away and truly connect with them. Listen to the stories of your elderly relatives, check in on your quiet cousin and prioritise quality time.
This can be hard to do at first but once you start you may realise just how much you have missed. Technology is great for so many reasons, but one of the not so great things is that it takes us away from all the great things happening in the present. By having a break from your devices you may find yourself feeling more present and making stronger connections with those around you.
2. Date yourself
I think we are all guilty of overestimating what we can do in a day or a week, so this Easter give yourself time to relax. In fact, go a step further and treat yourself to an Easter Date.
This might be something simple like going for a coffee and treating yourself to an Easter treat, or maybe go for a spring walk and a picnic. Whatever it is embrace spending time with yourself, and use the time to remind yourself how great you are!
The perfect self-date for me would be going on a spring walk, with a packed lunch in my bag and a good book. What's your perfect self-date?
3. Bake your heart out
There are lots of activities that are fundamental to Easter but one of my favourites is baking! I think baking can be very nostalgic, it reminds me of baking with my grandma and I am sure you have some fond memories of baking from your childhood. Now that I’m older baking alone or with others, is a great way to slow down.
The process is long and therefore encourages you to stop rushing and take a breather. I think there is something also quite moving about actually making something with your own hands. This world makes things easy and accessible, which is great! But it doesn’t compete with the feeling of making something yourself.
Some ideas of baked goods to make this Easter are; Carrot Cake, Lemon Loaf or any egg-related goodies.
4. Find peace in nature
Spring is the perfect time to reconnect with nature after the long winter. Whether it’s a forest walk, a hike or a trip to the beach. You might even find what you’re looking for in your garden. Whatever it is, try to spend more time outside, soak in the rays and focus on all the beautiful things you can see.
I like relaxing outside or even taking a meditative walk. If you are new to meditation, there are lots of audio guides to help you. I think it’s easy, at times, to forget how healing nature can be. But there is no excuse, while the weather is so good, to stay inside for long.
Even if you can only spare 10 minutes, take the time to do some soul healing outside this Easter.
Whether you are studying hard, with family, or alone, make sure to prioritise yourself this Easter. Connect with old friends, old places and new experiences.
Looking after yourself is hard, and you won’t get it 100% right all of the time. But by trying you are proving to yourself that you're mental wellbeing is a priority.