Our collective mental health has taken a major hit over the last few months. Getting on with daily tasks may feel like a slog, but it still must be done in order to provide for family and the necessary things in our lives. You may be feeling additional stress brought on by the coronavirus, cooling weather, or the approaching holiday season. Thankfully, improving your mindset doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. A few simple tricks may be all it takes to get things back on track for you and your family.
Redecorate Your Living Room
Changing a few pieces of furniture or adding a Chesserfeld area rug to your space can revolutionize the feel of a room, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to redecorate. If you’re really contemplating big changes, repainting the walls or changing the color altogether can go a long way to upgrading the feel of the space. You might not even recognize the room that accounts for a huge percentage of your waking time!
Get A Therapist
If you are really struggling, finding a therapist might be your best bet for shaking off the funk you are feeling. A family therapist specializes in the types of stressors that are keeping you down during this uncertain time. They are specially trained with an advanced master’s degree or Ph.D. and can listen and advise on all sorts of troubles you might be having, from relationship problems to financial stress. Finding a specialty counselor with appropriate credentials can help you get over the really big issues that are plaguing your mental state on a daily basis. There are even online therapists that will speak with you over Skype from the comfort of your own home.
Take A Personal Day
Taking a day just for yourself every once in a while might be just the medicine you need to get out of the rut. This means taking a day off work and simply spending time on your own needs. Maybe go for a walk in the park, get a massage, or go down to the beach and take some stand-up paddleboarding lessons. Whatever it is that you’ve always wanted to do with a free day, do it. Just take the time to take care of yourself for a change. That could make all the difference.
Take A Vacation
If a day off doesn’t do the trick, maybe try scheduling a family vacation to unwind with the ones you love. Getting away, even for a long weekend may be just the thing you need to declutter your mind and focus on what’s really important in life. Taking the time to talk with your partner or children about how they’re doing may go a long way to resolving the negative thoughts that are troubling you. Get some perspective by unplugging from the world for a while.
Last but certainly not least, try meditating. It’s been proven to reduce stress and can really start your day off on the right foot. Even just five minutes before you pour your first cup of coffee in the morning could really be a lifesaver for your mental state throughout the day’s events. Meditation helps you to take stock of the action items on your to-do list while discarding all the clutter that inevitably forms in your brain as you begin to think about all the extraneous things that come along with a busy day or life on-the-go.
Take the time to take care of yourself, your mind, and your loved ones will thank you for it when your positive attitude suddenly returns.