Life certainly has a way of feeling overwhelming sometimes. Work, personal relationships, or countless other reasons can affect our mental health in different ways, but making strides to feel better isn't nearly as complicated as you may think (after all, keeping our mental well-being top-of-mind is so crucial in today’s hectic, fast-paced world).
In fact, it’s often changing the little things that can have an immediate effect on how we’re feeling, which is why it’s important to take time every day to focus on YOU.
So, whether you’re having a stressful day on the job, on the go, or wherever you else you may be, here are 5 things you can do right now to start feeling better!
1. Don't Think About Your 9-to-5 24/7
We all need to make a living, sure, but when you become too preoccupied with your 9-to-5, it’s easy to miss out on all the other things that can bring you joy. You’ve probably heard the term “work/life balance,” so here’s your opportunity to find that balance for yourself.
Sounds too easy, right? But how often do we really all just make the time to have some fun, share a few jokes, and laugh until we’re in stitches? All of that laughter and cheer can help boost your mood and improve your mental health. Sometimes laughter really is great medicine!
3. Connect With Other People
We’re not talking just about using social media here – connecting with other people IRL represents a need that we all have. After all, we are social animals. By doing so, we can build relationships, empathy, and trust, which are all beneficial to our well-being.
4. Live In The Now
We all get caught up thinking about the past, or worrying about the future, and it’s too easy to simply dwell on things that have already happened, or things that might not even happen. Staying in the present moment is all about mindfulness and simply being without all the worry attached. Try it!
5. Break That Routine
Does this sound familiar: Wake up, eat breakfast, go to work, buy groceries, make the same old meals, watch TV, go to bed? If it does, you’re certainly not alone. By maintaining the same routine day after day, we risk falling into a rut, which can negatively affect our emotions and mental health. Instead of sitting down after dinner in front of the TV, why not take a nice evening walk? Or instead of taking a bus to work or driving, how about using a bike instead?
BONUS TIP: Learn About CBT
There are many ways to manage your stress and negative thoughts, however, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a clinically-proven method that is considered the gold standard. Basically, the CBT approach looks at the relationship between our thoughts and feelings and helps us to understand why they can influence each other. To learn more, check out BEACON today.
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As you can see, there are many different ways to kick-start your mental wellness. It all depends on what feels right for you! When you need to make some well-deserved "me time," what's your favourite way to destress?
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