Everything is hard before it’s easy.
About one in every eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime. – National Institute of Mental Health
Life doesn’t seem to get easier. I mean, maybe when you retire? If you have a private island you get to go live on?
And since life gets harder (in different ways, for sure, but the point still stands), we need to make sure we’re paying attention to ourselves. Coping isn’t something you only need to do when you’re struggling with depression, it’s something you need to do every day when you get a curveball, or a snotty email, or there’s a traffic backup.
I rounded up some tips to help you focus on your mental health, to bring down your stress and help keep you calm amidst the chaos.
- Get in a 10-minute workout. If you work intensely, you can burn 100 calories. Run up and down the stairs, do lunges, squats, and overhead presses.
- Have a laugh. Watch adorable kittens on YouTube, tell a great joke, find a funny movie.
- Plan a getaway – even a small weekend trip. Planning it makes you look forward to it!
- Do something you’re good at first, then tackle something tougher. You’ll boost your self-confidence.
- Try a new recipe. Add a flavor you don’t usually use.
- Try out a craft you’ve been inspired by.
- Color! Coloring can be oddly calming.
- Go off the grid – leave your phone at home!
- Write it down. Make a list of what’s been bothering you on paper, and you may feel a bit better.
- Spend some time with a furry pet. If you don’t have one, borrow a friend’s or volunteer at a shelter.
There’s never a bad time to do something good for yourself! If you’re trying to focus more on your health, make sure you’re coming in for your annual visit. Knowing everything checks out will help relieve your mental stress! Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet
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