10 Easy Ways To Boost Your Mood Right Now
Excerpted from Get it Together: Ditch the Chaos, Do the Work, and Design Your Success, by Lauren Berger © 2019 by Lauren Berger. Reprinted with Permission from McGraw-Hill Education Books.
Prioritising personal wellness is something I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t take
seriously until this year. And sometimes it’s difficult, because it means planning, sacrificing, and choosing the long-term result over the desire of the moment. Before this year, I spent more time thinking about work and people-pleasing than paying attention to my own personal wellness, and looking back, I think I suffered because of it.
I like to look at mental health as a goal. We all want to be satisfied with ourselves, enjoy life, and most important, create balance. But, in a world full of distraction, confusion, jealousy, and anger, how do we stay mentally strong?
Here are some of the ways you can master your mental health:
Approximately one in five adults in the United States experience mental illness each year.1 That number is jaw-dropping. First and foremost, if you are constantly battling negative thoughts, depression, or anxiety, please seek help from a trained medical professional.
Therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists are available and will give you the proper tools you need. Don’t wait. Get help right away.
Give yourself pep talks.
I can’t stress the importance of self-encouragement and positive reinforcement enough. Be nice to yourself, take care of yourself, and put yourself and your needs first. Tell yourself you did a great job today. Be proud of everything you’ve accomplished. Smile and remind yourself that you’re a good person, son or daughter, parent, husband or wife, employee, boss, and friend.
Identify feelings and call them out.
We’ve all felt down before, it’s inevitable. But if you begin to pay attention to when or why you feel this way, you’ll begin to recognise similarities. Take the time to think about what you are feeling as well as when and why you are feeling it. Not only will this be effective in the future, but it will also serve as a reminder that you’ve been here before and you can and will get through this.
Name the cause.
What is causing this instance? Say it aloud. Once I identify the cause, I remind myself that I am in control of my feelings. Then I examine my own actions and identify what got me to where I am.
Focus on accomplishments.
As I mentioned earlier, accomplishing something makes me feel better when I’m down. Figure out what makes you feel accomplished and do it!
Remind yourself of what makes you happy.
Remember the happiness page in your bullet journal? Use that list to refresh your memory and do something that you already know you enjoy.
Regulate social media.
We just had an entire chapter about social media, but I want to reiterate that if you don’t watch how you spend your time on social, it can become an unhealthy habit.
Meditation was certainly a common theme among the experts that I interviewed. Adam Braun says he’s been meditating for 13 years, and he says that when he doesn’t practice meditation consistently, he doesn’t feel peaceful. He explains, “Everything just feels too rushed.” For beginners who want to start meditating, he recommends the apps Headspace, Calm, and Oak.
Get to know yourself better.
Identify what helps you relax, what motivates you, and what makes you feel better. At the end of this chapter, I call out 40 different ways that you can relax and even encourage you to start your own list to turn to at any time.
Consult someone with similar experience.
Speaking to other people in similar situations is a great way to feel heard and to find a productive solution to a problem you’re facing. For example, if you’re experiencing depression and know that family members have dealt with the same thing, give them a call. Talk with them about their journey, experiences, and resources. Remember, you are never alone.
Today, phrases including “meltdown,” “panic attack,” “anxious,” and “stressed” are being used more and more to describe how we are feeling. We experience this because we don’t have it together, and when you’re running a hundred miles a minute in every different direction, how can you?
By changing the way we look at our struggles and focusing on the positive solutions instead of the negative feelings we are experiencing, we will walk away happier, healthier, and more effective in our work and relationships.
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