Create a talisman. When you're learning new habits or struggling with personal issues, sometimes it helps to have a physical reminder of your worth, abilities, strength, beauty...whatever you need at that moment. Choose a favorite piece of jewelry and when you put it on, remind yourself that it's a symbol of all that is good in you.
Feeling stuck? Maybe you need a "change of venue." Take your laptop outside and enjoy some sunshine while you work, or take a short walk around the block, making sure to use all your senses and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells around you. Sometimes, all we need to get out of a rut is to shift our surroundings and recharge our minds.
Acceptance is not always easy, but it's an important skill to learn. We all encounter challenges in our lives, and sometimes issues can't be solved easily. Learning to accept life's imperfections - instead of fighting them and creating negative energy for yourself - will help you manage and reduce stress.
You schedule everything, from work appointments to soccer practice, doctor visits to dance class. But do you schedule fun? When things are at their busiest, you still need time to relax and have a laugh - so make a date, and treat fun just like any other appointment on your schedule.
Feeling blue after giving birth is very common; the Mental Health Association reports that nearly 80 percent of new moms have some symptoms
Feeling blue after giving birth is very common; the Mental Health Association reports that nearly 80 percent of new moms have some symptoms. But postpartum depression (PPD) is a more serious condition that requires treatment. If you find yourself feeling extremely negative for more than a couple weeks, talk to your doctor to see if you have PPD.
Are you anxious? According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the U.S. So if you're feeling anxious frequently, talk with your doctor - you may have a condition that can be treated and managed with lifestyle changes and medication.
Learn to say no. It's challenging to juggle the demands of work, home life, family, relationships, church...you get the picture. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you always should, so practice saying no sometimes. Use that time to do something nice for yourself instead.
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in every moment, something that's tough to do with a PDA in one hand and a cell phone in the other
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in every moment, something that's tough to do with a PDA in one hand and a cell phone in the other. Take a moment now to take in your surroundings and enjoy the sights, sounds, textures and smells you're experiencing. Repeat as necessary.
Keeping a journal is a terrific way to combat stress. By taking a few minutes each day to write down your frustrations, you allow your mind to process them and release negative energy...and you just might come up with some creative solutions for those troubling issues. You don't need anything fancy; plain paper and a pen will do.
One of the early outward signs of depression is isolation. If you see a friend losing interest in social activities, or she stops returning phone calls when she's usually chatty, check in with her and ask if something's wrong. Sometimes a little compassion - and connection - are just what a person needs to get back on track.