These useful tips can help you get a handle on your health
February can be an important time to boost mental health. After a particularly snowy winter, spring is around the corner, yet can still seem far away. What steps can you take to alleviate pressure and improve your mood? Here are a few helpful tips:
Make a list
Sometimes the amount of unfinished business and tasks can seem overwhelming. A tendency to hold them all in your head can increase your stress and occupy useful bandwidth in your brain. One anxietyreducing activity is to write everything down, making a list or journaling. Getting everything out on paper can alleviate some of the pressure. Depending on your personality type, you may want to hide it in a drawer or, alternatively, post the list somewhere visible in your home to help keep things in focus.
For some, a list with no action can add to anxiety or depression. At the start, don’t focus on the entire list at once, but break it into “bitesized’ pieces. This may involve breaking down a large task like “furnace maintenance” into smaller steps, such as: research companies, contact company to schedule, create ongoing maintenance schedule. This transforms it from a looming, insurmountable chore into an accessible step-by-step process.
Although breaking down tasks using the above method may make the list seem longer at first, it allows you to focus on one step at a time and celebrate each small win. This can take several forms, from a simple checkmark when finished, to a bigger reward for more challenging or dreaded chores. When possible, try to make your rewards healthy, such as affirming words, an inspirational quote plaque or a fun type of exercise. Then you will improve your wellbeing while improving your life.