How was the 2020 pandemic for you? Do you feel anxious? Overwhelmed? The good news is you’re not alone. Anxiety and depression are on the rise across our lonely society. Fortunately, there are a few quick and straightforward tricks that can help you hack your mind into a better mood. Having doubts? Try out these four easy tips right now.
Take ten slow, deep breaths
Breathing is one of the easiest ways to calm your mind and release tension. There are many ways to practice breathing, such as counting to 4 seconds, holding for 4 seconds and breathing out for 4 seconds. Or you can practice meditation on your own or with an app. But you can also just pause and pay attention to your breath without doing anything else. It’s a simple practice, but can really benefit your mind and wellbeing.
Humans are simple creatures. When we experience a negative emotion, we frown, tense our facial muscles, and think negative thoughts. When we are happy, we smile and relax. We are so conditioned to relate our facial expression to our feelings that it works in reverse. Smile, no matter how you feel, and you should immediately sense and improvement in your mood. When paired with other techniques, such as breathing, this can be remarkably effective.
Go for a walk
Again, this may sound simple, but going for a walk is an easy way to make yourself feel better. Pay attention to the sights, sensations and sounds around you while you walk. It’s an easy way to boost your mood and clear your mind. When we walk and move our bodies, it helps us process difficult emotions and helps us reflect.
Talk to someone
Talking with a friend or loved one about your feelings can help you feel better quickly. Sometimes all we need is to share how we’re feeling to make us feel better. When we voice what’s on our minds, it makes it easier for us to sort it out, and decide what to do about it. Plus, it can be helpful to have someone to listen and reassure you. They can also bring a smile to your face, which will sure help boost your mood.
Focus Mental Wellness offers phone, video or text therapy if you need someone to talk to, or a place to share your thoughts.