I often talk about mental health, and I have done several posts recently about "clean thinking."
It is hard to imagine a positive outcome to any situation if your inner dialogue is in constant turmoil. So how do we clean house and get your mind back on track? Fortunately the mind is resilient and thrives on routine, just like babies! Also like babies, learning can be slow so give yourself a break. What took years, and even decades to create cannot be undone overnight.
How to beat the funk.
- Give yourself time.
This can be daily, or you can start off slow. Commit to at least one to 3 days a week of "me time" a week to start and gradually build up to a daily routine (highly recommended).
- Take care of yourself.
Family obligations, personal obligations, and inferred priorities can jumble your sense of importance when your self care comes to play, but make no mistake, the colossal role self care plays in the overall health of yourself and your family is highly underrated. Even if you goal for self care is to drink more water, that is OKAY. Every little bit counts, and every little bit is you giving yourself the attention you need. Your ego needs to be fed, by feeding it necessary things like quality nourishment your ego may not look to get fed by things like compulsive shopping or compulsive eating.
- Have an outlet.
Are you creative, do you cook? Especially if it is something you haven't done in a while, it's time to pick that soul food back up and chow down. If you're terribly stressed, maybe your outlet can be a "go-to" friend or relative you can confide in at any time.
- Keep a journal.
Gratitude journals can be a great way to refocus a busy and negative mind. Forcing your brain to choose and commit to positive affirmations, and moments of gratitude can alter the way you react to stressful stimuli over time.
Movement is life. As someone who struggles with mobility issues daily, the term "use it or lose it" is always on my mind. The longer I go between workouts, the more work I have to do to retrain my muscles, and your brain in a consistently negative environment faces the exact same struggle. Walking for 5 minutes is easy, quick and can be incorporated into many life situations. Give it a try.
Meditation and prayer activate the same part of your brain, so whichever religious form of prayer that resonates with you, try doing that for at least 5 minutes a day every MORNING. Starting your day off in a positive way every day sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Most importantly GIVE YOURELF A BREAK. Things might not change over night, or by the end of the week, but if you put the time in and the work I promise you will eventually reap the benefits, like the first bulb that pushes through the frost to welcome Spring, happiness might just be buried beneath the surface. Sometimes ground frost needs a little more sunshine to get the message through to allow growth to emerge.
Do you have any other tips and tricks that get you through your low spots? Share below to share the love!