I’ve learned over the years that life will always find a way to try to overwhelm you or make you feel beaten down but there are some things you can do to regain control and feel like you are back in the driver’s seat. The negative thoughts in our heads have a way of making their way to the front and center, sometimes on a daily basis. But, there is a bright side to all of this negativity. We get to choose if we let those negative thoughts stay with us for the whole day or if we do something to kick them to the curb. Sometimes changing one little thing in your day can be the difference between, “ugh, what a day” or “AH!!! What an amazing day!!!”
Try one of these activities to give you more control and less overwhelm in your day and in your life:
Organize Your Space. Nothing is more calming than walking into an organized space after a long day. That may be something as small as making the bed before you leave the house or making sure there are no dishes in the sink before you go to bed. Walking into a clean kitchen in the morning and into an inviting bedroom at night can make a huge difference in your mental health. And if you really want to take things to the next level, maybe add an inspirational poster or pillow to your decor.
When in doubt, Write it Out. Help cut through your stress by writing out what’s bothering you. An early morning brain dump and a before bed gratitude exercise can do wonders for clearing your mind and giving you some perspective. Explore your feelings. Make a list of what you are thankful for. Make a list of what you hope to accomplish – today, this week, next year. Check back on your list and cross off what you’ve done. Add another goal. Nothing screams productivity and focus like actually being able to see how far you’ve come and where you are heading.
By land or by sea. It doesn’t matter where you live or what’s surrounding you, just get outside. If you live near the water, go kayaking or take a walk on the beach. If you live near the mountains, find a trail and take a hike. If you are a city dweller, go walk around downtown or sit by a fountain. Maybe even throw in a penny for your thoughts. Getting out of your normal routine and into the wild open spaces can help you feel more grounded and present. And if you get a little exercise in while you are exploring, that’s just a little bonus.
Join a Wellness Community. I cannot say enough about the power of a good workout with good people. Do you know those people who are always inviting you to join them in your DM’s? Say yes to them! Or click here and join me. It helps to be surrounded by people who value the same things you do and can help keep you accountable. The power of a community working to get healthier together is not just good for your body, it’s a game changer for your mind, too!
Find Some Inspiration. Maybe it’s time to read a book. Or Two. Or Three. Keep a stash of inspirational reading in every room of your home and office…. including the bathroom. The books you can pick up and start reading anywhere for a little encouragement are great. And if reading isn’t your cup of tea, try listening to an audio book or a podcast. There is a never ending list of encouraging people at the click of a button. Go ahead. Pick one.
And remember, for every success, there’s a failure. You aren’t the first person to need a few extra tools in your box.