Your Mental Health is important, whether you are a creator, an everyday 9-5er, or someone who just needs a little lift every now and again. When working to achieve goals, no matter what they are, it’s sometimes hard to remember that anything you want will come with some sort of struggle to obtain it. There’s a price to pay for magic, so they say. And when we strive to keep our heads up day in and day out, it becomes redundant, sometimes mundane, or painful, depending on how far you let it consume your existence.
In my experience throughout life, I’ve had to conquer many things, and I’ve had to learn a lot of tactics along the way to keep my sanity. Here are a few things that may help get you out of a funk, generate some #inspiration, or help you find your path along the way.
We spend so much time on Social Media! Especially now with the Pandemic. The thing is, Social Media lends itself to making it easy for you to stare at someone else’s profile and say “Why is that not me? Why am I not living my “#bestlife?” Because you’re on SOCIAL MEDIA AND NOT OUT LIVING IT! Clips of people traveling, bike riding with their besties, etc will make you feel like garbage if your Mental Health is not in a good place. Take some time for yourself, and realize that these are only snippets of what people want you to see. Social Media is curated to show some of our best moments. It’s everyone’s way to share the things they are proud of, share things to make themselves feel more elevated in society, and to inform others that they are “normal.” Don’t make the mistake of EVER believing 100% that people are genuine online. Everyone’s got their demons, and most of us are trying to tuck them away as best as we can – even if we’re not “woke” enough to admit it.
Whether you sit down to watch that boast-able cinematic masterpiece that’s been in your Netflix queue, or if you take to Tumblr to create an account nobody knows about, open your mind to new pieces of artwork not primarily from social media that you use daily. Start adventuring through your favorite creative things. That could mean artwork in the literal sense, eating your favorite foods, consuming media that you enjoy, etc. The things you find may inspire you, or at the very least, hydrate your creativity for new projects, day to day needs, and adventures you could have! It leaves room for optimistic feelings for your Mental Health and is the easiest way to gain a serotonin boost.
GO SOMEWHERE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN FOR A MENTAL HEALTH RESET
I know that feels like a difficult one during COVID-19, but I drove down a side street the other day that I’ve never used, and ended up finding a huge park along the water with workout machines, gazebos, and a playground. While that may not excite anyone else, I’ve spent so much time in Detroit, and yet never found this gem. Sometimes it’s just that simple to kickstart your imagination or make you feel as if you’re achieving something new.
DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
This one is the hardest with your Mental Health, especially if you’ve got Anxiety or Depression. Everything feels like a BIG DEAL when you’re not in the right mindset and may cause overreaction, resentment, arguments, and more. Take a step back from the situation, remove yourself from the immediately stressful situation to clearly think, OR, think what advice you’d give a friend in the same situation. That helps a ton, shifting perspectives and realizing that you may give great advice but seldom follow it. Cue ‘Alice in Wonderland.’
Try implementing these tips, and see where you end up and feel free to let us know your tips and suggestions on Facebook or Twitter!
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