Do you feel constantly stressed out or anxious? Big events like a wedding, stressors at work, or difficulties at home can lead to poor mental health. Getting rid of anxiety and improving your mindset is a process that can’t be done overnight, but there are many ways for you to make small improvements that will build toward something substantial. We’re here to share a few simple tips to get back on track.
- Clear Out the Clutter
Even an upscale apartment can create anxiety if it’s full of clutter. It can feel overwhelming to clean an entire home, so take it one step at a time. Go through any papers first, disposing of what you don’t need, then tackle the rest.
- Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is the catalyst that will ignite your mood, or if you don’t get enough, can sink you into stagnation. While everyone is different, you should try to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Insomnia can set you back, so try to avoid electronics and stimulants before bed, and only use your bed for relaxing activities like reading.
- Get Adequate Exercise
Exercising can create a world of improvement for anything from insomnia to anxiety. I’ve found that exercise immediately improves my mood, builds confidence, and helps me reach other goals. Even doing a few push-ups every day can build up into something greater.
- Write it Out
Whether you’re writing about your day in a journal, keeping track of your feelings each day, writing down something you’re grateful for, or just using writing as catharsis, it can improve your mood. Everyone has the ability to write down how they felt that day. It doesn’t need to be poetic—just get it down on paper.
- Eat Healthy and Drink More Water
I put this farther down the list because it can be extremely difficult to change your diet and cut out processed foods as a first step. Once you’re sleeping better, getting exercise, and have some sort of emotional outlet, you can tackle your diet. You’ll have more energy and feel better, and you’ll notice the difference almost immediately.
Drinking water is an easier step because it doesn’t cost anything and doesn’t need any special preparation. It can make a huge difference, especially if you are a big soda drinker.
- Set Small Goals
Maybe you’ve let yourself slip and you’re not where you want to be. You don’t need to immediately go to the gym, change your diet, and try to do everything at once. Start with something small that might currently be a struggle, like brushing your teeth twice a day or making your bed.