It’s hard to ignore the unprecedented and precarious problems our world is facing today. As we head into the holidays and winter months, we’re all feeling some form of anxiety. Reducing and quelling levels of anxiety and generalized anxiety are only possible if you’re capable of sustaining an ongoing commitment to improved coping during these historic times. It’s a process that starts with you. Every positive step you take can help improve your mental health. Wedding Affair brings to you some simple self-care tips that can help you a lot.
Stop ”The Spiralling Down”
Most of what is happening in the world today is out of your control. Try to avoid negative thought spirals. Identify when you are in a negative thought spiral by evaluating whether your thinking is beneficial to solving a problem. Beware that overthinking doesn’t lead to problem solving—it leads to thought spirals. When you become overwhelmed by negative thoughts, actively move your thoughts to a more productive problem-solving approach or an appealing topic. Over time, if you’re able to disrupt your behavioral thought patterns, your brain will reprogram and adjust accordingly.
How Competent Are You?
Remind yourself that despite the uncertainties in the world, you are still an empowered and effective person within your sphere. Commit yourself to facing a fear. Facing a fear that disrupts your homeostatic world is a technique that will provide evidence and help you develop faith in your problem-solving skills. With that comes an enhanced sense of your self-confidence and competence. Leaning into those feelings, despite living in a world that feels out of control, will comfort you.
Engage In Mindful Self-Care
Break away from your computer and family activities to do something for yourself. Set aside time alone to focus on improving your mental health. Cortisol levels rise with stress, and it’s important to take time out of your day to decompress and give your brain a break. When you do that, you’re able to return to work and family feeling refreshed and calm. You can exercise, which increases endorphins. Listening to music or an amusing podcast can increase dopamine. Engaging in your favorite hobby or reading a book can calm elevated cortisol levels. It doesn’t matter which option you choose. Make the time for yourself every day, even if it’s just 15 minutes.