Do you ever wonder why sometimes something stresses you out when it never did before, or you’ve done it a million times and yet it’s taking up too much space in your mind? I’m thinking of the move I just did, and after a ton of moves, this one still seems to be taking up headspace…it could be the one shoe that went missing… really how does one shoe go missing? Anyway, I apparently need this post today! Your mind could be preoccupied with other things, or you’re going through an overall stressful time, and the little things start adding up.
There are some things you can regularly do to keep your mind prepared to deal with the ups and downs life hands your way.
1.Replace negative beliefs with positive ones. When you find your thoughts veering into negative territory, try to replace them with positive ones. For example, instead of saying that you will fail at something, tell yourself that you’re getting a new opportunity.
2.Meditate, use deep breathing or visualization. Done regularly, some of the benefits of these activities include reducing stress, increasing your oxygen intake and relieving headaches. If you feel stressed or sense a headache is coming on, try to meditate, deep breathe or visualize for at least 10 minutes to reduce some of the effects.
3.Write. Start a blog, or create a private journal to describe your daily experiences and feelings. It can help you increase your self-knowledge and writing can be therapeutic and acts as an outlet to get some things out.
4.Have some fun. Regularly do something you enjoy such as going to the movies or talking to people who make you happy. Anything that you like doing can help make you feel better.
5.Laugh more. Studies have shown that laughter improves your emotional state as well as strengthens your immune system.
6.Remove or reduce negative influences. You need to decrease the negative people and things in your life. If someone constantly puts you down or tries to stop you from meeting your goals, they probably don’t have your best interests in mind. If that person is in your family or someone at work, try to reduce the amount of time you spend with them and focus on the positive things people say instead.
If you find that you can’t get through something, seek professional support when you need it. I can’t stress this enough. You can’t sweep some things under the rug, and you magically can’t “get over it,” nor should you even try. Anyone that tells you otherwise may not have a full understanding of what might be happening.