It can be easy to view our mental health and physical health as closed systems that don’t impact one another; however, this is far from the truth. In previous blogs, we mentioned that stress is a huge reason for hair loss not to mention stress can lead to unwanted health side effects like heart attacks or strokes. Even so, it can feel impossible to stay emotionally healthy. In this blog, we will be discussing a few simple things you can do to help keep your mood elevated during difficult times.
Take time for yourself
It’s not always easy doing things for yourself, and if you suffer from depression, having the energy for self-care or enjoying hobbies may feel downright impossible. Whether you enjoy settling down with a nice book or dancing all your cares away, taking that time for yourself is crucial for keeping your mood elevated. By just spending a few minutes a day doing something you love can be a tremendous help to your overall mental health.
Meditation is an excellent way to center yourself; plus, practiced breathing will help calm you down. If you’ve never meditated before or are new to it, meditation can feel difficult at first. Your mind may wander, or you may become distracted by other things going on. It’s okay if this happens. Breathe through it and allow the thoughts to flow before gently pulling your mind back to your meditation. There is a lot of guided meditation and meditation resources online. If you’re interested, find one that works for you and try it for a few days.
Listen to music
Studies have shown the tremendous impact that music has on our emotions. By listening to songs that you enjoy can lead to a release of dopamine (a neurotransmitter associated with reward), in short making you feel happy. Music has the power to sway our emotions, quell them, or make them powerful. If you want to help completely alter your mood try playing a few of your favorite songs!
Try to monitor your thinking
It’s difficult not to play out negative scenarios in your mind, but doing so will cause you to feel bad, and you’ll start to expect the negative outcome to come to fruition. Someone once said, “So far, You’ve survived 100% of your worst days.” And this is true—that quote as a testament to your inner vigor.
If you start to feel swamped by negative emotions, one combative technique you can do is recall all the things you are grateful for and focus on that. You can write a list to read to yourself whenever you’re feeling down.
We know that some of the things on this list are easier said than done, but here at Vitalize, we want you to live life to the fullest and with as little stress as possible.