A mindset shift can be a powerful tool. When you feel down and unmotivated, give yourself permission to feel those feelings but don’t allow them to overtake your thoughts entirely. Instead, shift your focus to healthy habits – then take action to incorporate those habits into your daily routine. Action and energy can be self-reinforcing and self-reinvigorating.
Below, we offer a few steps you can take that may provide you with a sense of well-being and groundedness.
Press pause on the digital world
Press pause on social media and take a digital break if you feel excessive scrolling is playing a role in your unsettled feelings. In recent years, the world has shifted to increased emphasis on digital usage in both personal and work aspects of life. With more people spending time on social media, more content you may find upsetting is in the digital universe. While you may feel compelled to stay up to date, it’s OK to take a break!
Practicing mindfulness means making a conscious effort to focus on what your senses, thoughts and emotions are telling you. Using this technique to reframe your mindset can help you approach daily challenges in a more purposeful and effective way. Practice mindfulness through breathing exercises, guided meditation, self-help books and podcasts.
Cut out unhealthy habits
We often believe our mood and our mental health are solely dependent on external factors. We often wonder why we get so easily irritated, upset, sad, lethargic and bored in life. As a solution, some may try to improve their mood and cope with stress by engaging in unhealthy behaviors. Analyze your daily routine and see if there are behaviors that are impacting your outlook on life. Redirect the time and energy into healthier habits. In addition, make an effort to include more positive individuals into your social circle.
While the results may not be immediate, over time you will start to reap the benefits. Also, know that you’re not alone in this journey. If you need someone to talk to, do not hesitate to reach out to our team. Our skilled team of clinicians provide individualized services to help people meet their personal goals and live a healthier life. For more information, contact us at 508-427-536 or click here.