I haven’t been as consistent with my writing over the past two weeks- between working on my mental health, starting a second job, and Christmas coming up I haven’t had a lot of time to myself . This week I wanted to share some tips I had for dealing with mental anguish/stress/sadness/seasonal affective disorder/whatever is bothering you.
Disclaimer: if you have serious mental health issues that need to be addressed, you should see a licensed professional and talk to them about the problems you are experiencing. This article is simply for little things that can help your day-to-day stress. These are activities that help me in addition to taking medication for the anxiety and depression I experience.
- If you have the ability to do so- take a walk outside during a break at work. Feel the natural light and clear your mind before going back to your desk. It really, truly helps with problems you found difficult earlier in the day. Even if it’s a five minute walk.
- Clean. If you’re really struggling or don’t have the time, focus on one room or one project a day or even a week. Having even a little bit of your house looking neat can be a huge weight off of your chest.
- Keep up on focusing on what can benefit you physically. I’ve found that several long walks a day, a rigid skincare routine, drinking lots of water, and eating well have done wonders for my daily life.
- Habits. For me personally, having a regular morning routine, nightly routine, and the same work schedule daily is very helpful when it comes to my anxiety.
- Read. Paint. Hike. Play video games. No matter how you do it, carve out time for yourself daily or weekly and stick to it. It’s just as important as anything else on your list.
- Stay organized- write down your appointments and plans for the day. You’ll feel better if something big isn’t skipped over.
- If you are taking medicine, take it regularly.
- Above all, be kind to yourself. Realize that you are doing all you can, even if it feels like nothing. You’re doing your best and that’s incredible.
Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think and what you do to help relieve stress.