Are you finding yourself in moments of worry these days that last longer than you would like? In those darker moments, it's easy to get caught up in the downward spiral that can ensue, and "thinking positive" doesn't always come naturally to some and even those glass-half-full folks out there can find themselves feeling a bit defeated. Mental health is just as important as physical health and even more important when dealing with a chronic illness.
1. Clean something.
Put your laundry away, wipe your bathroom counter, organize your food storage containers. Anything! Studies have found that people who kept their homes clean were healthier and more active than those who didn’t and women with decluttered homes have decreased cortisol (a stress hormone related to high blood pressure and obesity) levels.
2. Try a one-minute meditation.
Don't do more than that if you do not regularly meditate. You will only be setting yourself up for failure.
If you already subscribe to the Calm, Headspace, or Unplug apps, they all have short meditations on there to tune into.
3. Turn off social media.
Delete the app from your phone. You can always reinstall it later. One influencer I know actually installs right before she posts, does her business to peruse what is in her feed, responds to comments, etc and then immediately deletesthe app after she is done. Business is business.
4. Give something away
To jump off the point made above, women who live in decluttered homes have lower cortisol levels. They tend to be happier and less irritable. You may also find that you are more physically active. Work off of that momentum. After you declutter, think if you know someone who may need or appreciate your item (s). By givingsomething away to a friend or neighbor, you could make their day! Generosity has an inherent reward mechanism, sending those dopamine levels soaring!
“Generosity is the most natural outward
expression of an inner
attitude of compassion
and loving-kindness.”—The Dalai Lama XIV
5. Start an accomplishment journal.
This is a take on a gratitude journal for people who don't believe in thanking their coffee every morning. It's a way to write down your accomplishments, large and small, without feeling like you're bragging or have to then shadow it with some self-deprecation during a conversation with someone else. Did you reach a fitness goal, complete a major professional project or a small task? Did you make bread from scratch or donate to a great cause?