Dealing with life in this faced paced is exhausting. It’s not easy to manage when things are thrown at you from every which angle. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and I realize that it’s because too many things are going on. I am constantly looking for ways to calm my mind and get some inner peace.
Here are 5 simple tips that I’ve found work well to improve your mental health slowly but surely:
1. One line of gratitude:
Try this for ten days. Write down one thing you’re grateful for every day. It doesn’t matter if you repeat the entries. Just write whatever comes to your head.
Keep it simple. You don’t need a gratitude journal or a fancy pen. Just find a corner of your notebook and do it.
It’s guaranteed to make you think about something wonderful in your life no matter how awful things get. I also solemnly believe it helps you attract wealth and positivity.
2. Share the burden
Speak to someone. Most of us can’t afford a $500 therapist. So, the first step is probably to start speaking to a friend.
Now I know it’s not an easy task to be able to open up to someone completely without the fear of being judged. I have been very blessed to find a friend who I can share with.
Being able to share your frustrations, anger and even sadness is a relief. While it may seem like you are burdening the other person, it’s not true. If you really find a good friend, he or she won’t feel like you’re a burden.
But don’t forget to reciprocate. It can’t be just you, sharing one way. If you really want a shoulder, you have to offer yours in return too.
3. Write it out
If you don’t want to share your deepest darkest secrets and all the evil thoughts that run through your head out loud, try writing it down.
Journaling is a proven way of alleviating the burden you feel. Even therapists suggest keeping a journal. But don’t force it.
Write when you want and as much as you want. The idea of a journal is meant to provide relief not create an additional chore in your life.
4. Take a breather, get moving
Sometimes getting some fresh air is all you need. I know that exercise is a proven way for many to let off steam and feel better. It’s a scientific actually because exercise releases endorphins which helps with mood elevation. Although, I’m not too sure it helps everyone!
But still just a simple walk outdoors or even window shopping in the mall can help.
Getting out and breaking your mundane routine, is a good way to help yourself feel better.
5. Let it go
The fate of the world doesn’t rest on your shoulders. Sometimes all you need to do is take a deep breath and let things go.
Not everything in this world can be controlled and that’s what leads to frustration.
Anger is another great emotion that eats away at your soul.
I know that most of us are not so enlightened that we can feel zen all the time. We are bound to get angry and it’s probably a good thing. Sometimes, anger can be used constructively to help drive us to action. But the important thing is to not let it get the better of us.
You need to let go of the anger so that it doesn’t consume you. Holding on to it will only make you a bitter person in the end. So just learn to let it go.
These tips may not sound very simple at first glance but with time and practice, they can really help you become a more peaceful person inside.
The key to getting these tips right is to not feel like they are chores. You have to do what you feel and at your pace, in a way that will not feel like a frustrating burden.
I hope these tips will help you as much as they have helped me.