+talk to a friend : sometimes the hardest thing to do, in the moment, but sometimes one of the fastest ways to get out of the moment.
+take a walk : nothing clears the mind like a walk. it makes space in your brain and also physically release feel good endorphins. and it gets the creativity flowing. bonus!
+listen to music : music that makes you relax, uplifts your soul, or gets you moving. kitchen dance parties do wonders.
+read : for me it’s inspiration, fiction or self help (yes – self help or shall we say personal growth books).
+ bake : unless this stresses you out, that is. i like to “bake it out.” and the smell… aromatherapy.
+breathe : duh. i know. but i find myself holding my breath a lot. and it has been really helpful to stop and take deep breaths and get oxygen to the brain.
+yoga : everything about this is relaxing.
+write / journal : don’t hold your thoughts in. get them out. process them. and if it is too much to put on paper than write what you can. about anything. pen to paper is amazing.
+travel : yes, this isn’t always an option, but if you have opportunities, then, take them. sometimes just getting out of your situation for awhile and having pockets of respite is enough to sustain. i can live off of a good trip for a months. a change of scenery does miracles in the mind.
+moments : create little moments that are relaxing, to you, whenever you can. for me, it’s sitting quietly and reading (or writing) with a cup of tea. for you, it might mean lunch with a friend or taking a run.
+others : do something for others. anything (write a letter, bake cookies, visit an elderly person, help a friend). sometimes getting outside of ourselves is the best medicine.
+chocolate : like not a whole box of oreos but good dark chocolate. antioxidants, friends.
+gratitude : focusing on things you have to be grateful and thankful for can help make the problem a bit smaller or at least take the focus off of it. it’s good to write down all of the good. you know?
what kinds of things help you?
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