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Make time for yourself
As important as social interaction is, a healthy dose of alone time isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to plans if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Being alone gives you time to relax and recharge. You can also reflect on the day that was and get creative with plans for the following day. When you have time to yourself, you have the space to identify your needs and tend to them.
Whether it be tending to a garden or just walking in the sunlight, spending time outdoors will have a positive effect on mental health. A study conducted by the American Chemical Society revealed that just five minutes of outdoor activity can improve your disposition and self-esteem.
Even if you’re not someone who particularly loves the outdoors, just a little time in the fresh air can work wonders!
Set maintainable goals
Setting goals reduces feelings of meaninglessness. Having something to work toward provides constant motivation and pushes you to be productive. Set goals that are achievable so you know you’re working for something within reach. If your goals areScreen Shot 2018-07-10 at 3.03.51 PM.png achievable, you will feel accomplished rather than discouraged by unreasonable or impossible targets.
Write down your feelings…or throw them away
A good way to make sense of emotions is to jot down some thoughts on paper — especially in this digital world we live in now. Writing down your thoughts allows you to think through and release negative feelings.
Interestingly, a 2012 study found that journaling problems and then physically throwing the page away helps make problems feel smaller and more manageable. It may sounds strange, but this technique demonstrates the fact that you are in control.
Give yourself something to look forward to
Plan activities that break up the monotony of the weekly schedule. Having something to look forward to helps you get through days that you aren’t as excited about.
Take a road trip with friends or buy a movie ticket a few days in advance! Knowing that you will soon be doing something enjoyable keeps you going and maintains positive energy.