Here are some of the things that help me when I’m struggling.
They don’t work for all people all of the time.
Because taking care of your mental health always requires you to develop a personalized approach. That’s the reality of it all.
That being said, I hope you find something you can use in here. I think you will.
Get control of your day right from the start.
Do you ever wake up and the first thing you go to do is your check your phone? Or turn on the TV? Or get sucked in to some other electronic device?
If so, you’re putting your body into reactive mode right away. You’re instantly responding to outside stimuli rather than easing into the day.
I find it a lot more helpful to develop a morning routine, something I can rely on and trust will begin my morning in a peaceful way.
Creating an intentional morning routine will make sure that you start the day in a way that you want to, not in a way the people on Twitter or on the news want you to!
Structure your time throughout the day.
This is another strategy that has had a huge positive impact on my life. I block out time for how I want my day to go.
At first, it seemed way too restrictive, but now I’m a big believer in the adage,
“Discipline equals freedom.”
If you know exactly where your time is going you are:
1) More likely to get things done
2) Able to know when and where you can schedule your free time
3) Reminded of what you need to do throughout the day because you’ve already written it down
Structure is so fundamentally important when it comes to mental health. Without it, it’s very easy to float through the day doing, doing, and doing without really ever having accomplished anything.
Can you relate?
Go easy on how you are supposed to feel.
This modern society puts a ton of pressure on us. We’re supposed to buy the latest gadget. We’re supposed to make more money and take on more responsibility.
It can feel like we’re constantly compiling a list made up of other people’s demands–and that’s a lot of pressure.
But here’s the thing: you’re not supposed to feel any certain way. Your life is your own, so try to take pressure off yourself.
If you’re like me, I bet you give others the benefit of the doubt. If others do something wrong, I’m sure you don’t beat them up for it over and over forever for months and years. You might be angry with them at first, but, after a while, you forget about it and move on.
Life doesn’t have to be so serious.
Will the world end if you stop and take a 10-minute break from whatever is stressing you out? Couldn’t you go for a 9-minute walk and then breathe deeply for 1 minute? You could!
You always have more options than you think. Maybe you don’t need to put in 5 hours of work to complete a task for someone. Maybe 2 would be just fine. There is no kind of pressure like the self-inflicted kind.
Let’s end with a question for today:
What are some ways that you could, instead of stressing and draining your energy, turn what you hate into something more tolerable?
Ask yourself questions constantly. You usually already know the best ways to make your life easier.
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The Mental Health Update is something I do purely because I like to help others, and I’d love it if you could help me get the word out there.