If you are like me, you might find that from time to time you get stressed out, worried or get the blues. It happens to us all. Being mindful of your own mental health is as important as how you treat your body.
You would not ignore a shooting pain in your leg every time you walked would you? Here are some simple ideas to be present, positive and peaceful. It takes some practice and maybe even some help – therapists, friends and coaches are great people to turn to – but once you start implementing these skills into your daily life, you’ll notice that life is lighter and easier to navigate. Ready? Here we go!
Go for a walk outside
Walking in the outdoors improves our mental health. Many of us that notice that after we take a walk outside our outlook changes, we feel more energized, peaceful and focused. In fact there have been a number of studies that have found that walking outside improves our mental health.
Start forgiving yourself
Many of us are our worst critics. When we become hyper focused on our mistakes, short comings, weaknesses and problems our anxiety and mood are affected. Sometimes this can become a negative feedback loop; when we are only focusing on our mistakes or problems we tend get trapped in a constant state of despair. We only focus on what is wrong with us and the world.
When you find that you are being too unforgiving of yourself there are a number of tricks and hacks to try. My favorite trick is to imagine a supportive friend, loved one or higher power sitting next to you. Imagine how they would respond to you if they heard all the critical things you are saying to yourself. Would they agree? Or would they have another take on the situation? What expression would they have on their face? The response you imagine might surprise you.
Focus on the things you can control
The hard reality is you can’t change everything. There are many aspects of life that we wish we could control. However, the truth is we can only change and control ourselves. Wasting your time, talent and emotional energy on things that are beyond your control is a recipe for frustration, feeling hopeless and worried. Invest your energy in the things you can control, and act on them now. Remember you can control how you respond to situations, feelings and other people.
Taking walks outside, being kind to yourself and giving up the drive to control the world around you can help you be present, positive and peaceful in your life. You’ll see the momentum spread and in short order, your intentional choices will show up in your life as surprisingly miraculous and unexplained coincidences that somehow make complete sense. Give it a try!
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