For many, cleaning and organizing is like meditation. Spend a little time every day cleaning your household or working in your garden. Make a point to get it done, because like many other things, starting is often the most difficult part. Get started and enjoy a feeling of accomplishment. It will also have a great effect on your anxiety as a decluttered environment will help you achieve a decluttered mind.
TRIM FINANCIAL STRESS
Most of us have dealt with financial stress at some point. Debt can easily become overwhelming and become a major contributor to feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness. Organize your finances by tracking your expenses. Cut down unnecessary expenses. Create a budget for every week or month. Spend your money wisely and make a workable plan to pay your debt. Try to save a little of every pay check.
You’re wonderful and you deserve some special care! Treat yourself every now and then to a massage, mani-pedicure, or haircut. Take some time off for yourself to write or read poetry, take photographs or simply wander around. Go on picnics, watch movies or visit the beach. You need this type of fun activities to balance your work and daily responsibilities. Actively seek your peace of mind.
PLAN YOUR FUTURE
Have both short-term and long-term plans, so that you don’t put too much pressure on your mind with uncertainty. Know exactly what you are going to do each day, each week and each month. Unexpected events will arise, but you will be able to stick to your plans nevertheless. Knowing your plans and committing to them is so much easier on your mind and can be a great stress reliever.
LAY DOWN ON THE GROUND
Let the earth/floor hold you. You don’t have to hold it all on your own.
MOVE YOUR ENERGY OUT
Whether you sing, shout or pound(a pillow pretty please!), sometimes it’s just necessary to let go of the stress and energy we’ve built up.
Just do it! Don’t worry what you look like or who is watching. Dance your worries away! Put on some music and dance by yourself. Or, if you like to dancing with others, plan a night out with your best friends and let the worries go away.
CRY IT OUT
“Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
“You know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.”
― Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning
REFLECT ON THE POSITIVE
Take time to reflect on the positive things in your life. Your achievements and accomplishments, and people you have helped or looked after. You’re not as bad as you sometimes may feel. Be proud of the person you are and know how far you’ve come.
UTILIZE THE POWER OF AFFIRMATIONS
Make your own positive affirmations and repeat them out loud. Often. Tell yourself that you are strong. Tell yourself that you are safe and that you will get through this. Positive affirmations have been proven to work in a few different ways. Knowing something is one thing, but actually hearing it time and time again from within yourself will result in a boost to your confidence. Make sure to join our 30-day affirmation challenge to get started!
PUT ON FRESH NIGHTWEAR AND USE CLEAN LINEN
Because, well… Nothing like a fresh set of nightwear and linen, right?
READ SELF-HELP BOOKS
Self-help and personal development material is one of those things that’s either embraced with open arms, or pushed away like a bad meal. I prefer the former. And I’m guessing that if you’re reading this article right now, you’re (at least) thinking about embracing books like these. But be wary, not all of them are quality material.