Sunny summer days can go a long way toward boosting our moods, but there are still those days when work challenges, health issues, relationship difficulties, and all kinds of other ‘life stuff’ can take a toll on our mental and emotional disposition.
If you are finding that challenges in your daily life coupled with distressing world events are taking a toll on your peace of mind, consider taking these steps for self care:
- Refrain from doomscrolling – a word that made its way into the English lexicon in 2020 when the global pandemic hit. In short, limit the amount of time spent searching for and reading negative news stories. Studies show that continuous viewing of traumatic events can cause anxiety and depression.
- Move your body as much as you are able, every day. Studies show that even a 10-minute walk can significantly reduce stress and anxiety.
- Try to stay mindful. Mindfulness is a practice of intentionally focussing on the present moment without resistance or judgement. Staying in the present has well-documented benefits including stress reduction and overall contentment.
- Just Breathe. Deep breathing is one of the fastest ways to calm your body and lower your stress. Simply put, when you breathe deeply it sends a message to your brain to relax, then your brain sends a message to your body. Take five deep breaths several times a day, or you can try to incorporate a variety of proven breathing exercises.
- Spend time in nature. Study after study proves that nature immersion has innumerable – and measurable benefits. Time on a patio within range of greenery and birds, or a walk in a park or forest can lower your blood pressure, decrease stress hormones, reduce anxiety, build immunity, and of course, improve your mood! Don’t take anyone’s word for it. Try it for yourself!
- View this six-minute inspiring video called Gratitude Revealed by Louie Schwartzberg.