During this time, let’s not forget about our mental wellness.
When we feel like we no longer have control our mental health can suffer.
Here we will bring you tools to combat stress and anxiety.
SIMPLES TIPS TO LESSEN ANXIETY
Ask yourself, what can I control today?
Make your bed. Finish a project you started. Take a walk. Get dressed. One little accomplishment can change your entire prospective.
Start a gratitude journal.
Although these days may seem more negative than positive, there is a lot of good happening right now. It’s helpful to look at the positives. Write them down everyday and then take a look back and say, I am thankful.
Be kind to yourself.
You may feel pressure to workout everyday or to be productive everyday. It’s ok to say no. Ask yourself what you need. listen and be kind to what your body wants.
Taking little steps like these can make a big difference.
BENEFITS OF JOURNALING
The University of Rochester Medical Center states that journaling is simply writing down your thoughts and feelings to understand them more clearly. If you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal is a great idea. It can help you gain control of your emotions and improve your mental health.
How to journal
Try these tips to help you get started with journaling:
Try to write every day. Set aside a few minutes every day to write. This will help you to write in your journal regularly.
Make it easy. Keep a pen and paper handy at all times. Then when you want to write down your thoughts, you can. You can also keep a journal in a computer file.
Write whatever feels right. Your journal doesn’t need to follow any certain structure. It’s your own private place to discuss whatever you want. Let the words flow freely. Don’t worry about spelling mistakes or what other people might think.
Use your journal as you see fit. You don’t have to share your journal with anyone. If you do want to share some of your thoughts with trusted friends and loved ones, you could show them parts of your journal.
Keeping a journal helps you create order when your world feels like it’s in chaos. You get to know yourself by revealing your most private fears, thoughts, and feelings. Look at your writing time as personal relaxation time. It’s a time when you can de-stress and wind down. Write in a place that’s relaxing and soothing, maybe with a cup of tea. Look forward to your journaling time. And know that you’re doing something good for your mind and body.
Try these easy questions to get you started.
ADULT COLORING BOOKS
The Cleveland Clinic states that according to clinical psychologist Scott M. Bea, Psy.D., the benefits of coloring has everything to do with refocusing our attention. “Adult coloring requires modest attention focused outside of self-awareness. It is a simple activity that takes us outside ourselves. In the same way, cutting the lawn, knitting, or taking a Sunday drive can all be relaxing.”
What does adult coloring do to relax people?
Dr. Bea cites three reasons adult coloring can be calming:
- Attention flows away from ourselves. A simple act, such as coloring, takes your attention away from yourself and onto the present-moment event. “In this way, it is very much like a meditative exercise,” Dr. Bea says.
- It relaxes the brain. When thoughts are focused on a simple activity, your brain tends to relax. “We are not disturbed by our own thoughts and appraisals,” he says. “The difficulties of life evaporate from our awareness, and both our bodies and our brains may find this rewarding.”
- Low stakes make it pleasurable. The fact that the outcome of coloring is predictable also can be relaxing. “It is hard to screw up coloring, and, even if you do, there is no real consequence. As result, adult coloring can be a wonderful lark, rather than an arduous test of our capacities,” he adds.