So I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a wild year. It’s been a nonstop whirlwind of shocking headlines, an onslaught of political unrest, and scary health statistics. We were forced to added a couple of new words to our vocabulary like furlough, pandemic and quarantine which we’ll always associate to the ever so heedless Coronavirus or Rona as she’s called in the streets. As infection rates increase and our crippled world is struggling to get back on two legs I know we all may find ourselves caught in waves of doubt, anxiety, depression, and overall confusion. We must acknowledge that these feelings are real, and you’re not alone, you’re never alone. The number of Americans experiencing a decrease in their mental health due to the pandemic has been 53%.
For those moments when you’re just not feeling positive and want no parts of the world at its current state here are a couple of things you can do to keep positive and help you push through these difficult times.
Activities That Can Help You Stay Positive
1.Watch comedy specials or funny videos. Some studies show that in some cases laughter can lower anxiety more than exercising. Jump on Tiktok or find some comedy specials on Netflix and that will surely brighten your day.
2. Pamper yourself. Put on a face mask, do your nails wash your hair or try on new makeup. You can’t feel down when you’re looking amazing.
3. Exercise. I know what you’re thinking, sweating is gross, but we all know a little physical activity releases our endorphins which can help our mood. If you’re like me and need some motivation to work out Youtube has endless 10-15 minute workout videos. My favorites are the Zumba and dance videos!
4. Go outside! Just get outdoors and be with nature whether it be palms trees and sand or concrete and buildings. A change of scenery can be good for your mind and will disrupt any negative thoughts you may be having.
5. Writing. If you’re someone who never knows the right words to say writing can help you get all those feelings out. Putting your thoughts on paper can make you feel better or help you acknowledge what you are feeling so you can focus on those feelings and improve them. It also helps to write what you’re grateful for because highlighting the positive things can help you get out of your funk.
6. Painting or drawing. Similar to writing, putting on canvas how your feeling can help release the negativity. You’ll may also get some great artwork out of doing this.
7. Call someone. A friend, siblings, or even your mom. Just hearing the voice of someone who cares about you on the phone might help you feel better. You’ll be reminded that you’re loved even if you’re listening to your mom nagging you about not going to medical school. If you feel comfortable enough to say your fears out loud you’ll have the ability to clearly analyze what you’re been stressing about.
8. Breathe! Babe just take a couple of seconds to yourself and take some deep breaths. Just concentrate on your breathing and tell yourself ” You got this!” You can also check out other positive affirmations to repeat to yourself on Pinterest.
If all else fails go shopping! As someone who admits to having a minor shopping problem, I think shopping is the best mood lifter of all. When I buy something new it feels like Christmas and who doesn’t like Christmas!
What type of self-care activities are you guys doing? Share your tips to staying sane and uplifted in the comments below!