Alienation… negative news.. media anchors predicting doom… WhatsApp groups becoming the hotbed of misinformation…
AND.. distance from loved ones.
We have been living in a pressure cooker for 1.5 years. And for many mature women, a breakdown or lingering depression has been the resulting release.
Don’t let that be you.
Here are things you can do to boost your mental health and power up positive energy. 💫
1. Focus on your breathing
One of the most frequent phrases when someone’s stressed out? “Just breathe!” Sounds too simple but it works.
When you start to worry too much, or anxious thoughts creep into your mind, concentrate on your breathing. It’s a great way not only to calm your mind but also your body. Focus on your chest expanding as you inhale. Imagine the air traveling through your body. Getting to your toes and then rushing back out as you exhale. This will bring your mind to present and off worrying thoughts.
2. Prepare for a good day
The better prepared you are, the less chance of something going wrong. Create a calm morning routine, so that you have time for everything. Slow breakfast, your favorite tea, or cup of coffee, meditation and grace. It is important to start your day right as it will set the tone for your waking hours.
3. Be kind to yourself
The one person with whom you spend 24 hours a day is YOU. So, remember to always be kind to yourself and love yourself. Think of 3 nice things to say to yourself each day. No criticizing, no shaming. Respect yourself!
4. Free up some space
They say that if you live in a mess, it’s hard to get your head straight. While not everyone might need a squeaky-clean environment, declutter can help to get rid of anxiety. Throwing out the trash and organizing things will calm you down and help to compose your mind.
5. Practice meditation
To those who haven’t tried meditation, it often seems like a complicated process. IT’S NOT. You don’t need to understand why meditation works. You just need to find a soothing guided meditation on YouTube, and follow along. Guided being the keyword. Monks also have mentors & guides as they get initiated into the alchemy of meditation. You may not have a master at your disposal, but with the internet.. you can benefit from someone else’s expertise.
6. Spend time outside
Studies have shown that a simple walk and just being outside can decrease cancer risk, improve your mental health, and regulate your blood pressure. So, go out and sit in your garden. Or find a beautiful spot in the park and relax for a few minutes. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and boost up your vitamin D levels.
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