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Positive Steps Forward (Part 3 of 3) Behaviors for Change

(please see parts 1 and 2 at right under “self-help articles” or just scroll down)

  • Schedule FUN. Yes, write it down on the calendar. Ask yourself what activities have brought you joy in the past and plan time to do it. Children automatically turn life into fun—be more kid-like and lose yourself in a fun activity. Let go and see what happens.
  • Make the airwaves around you positive and uplifting. Listen to your favorite music daily or start listening to an uplifting pod-cast, radio show, or positive TV show. Limit the amount of typical news (tv or newsprint) you digest daily or take a week-long news break altogether.
  • Get creative. All humans are capable of creation, creativity, and art. Find something you like to do creatively and make time for it. It can be something like fine art, dance, videography, crafts, puzzles, games, writing, photography, etc. Doing it in a group setting such as a knitting circle, or taking a crafting class at the library can be doubly beneficial.
  • Volunteer your time for a meaningful cause. When you engage with and support entities (the earth, humankind, or animals), the meaning of life and your perspective shifts and benefits all involved. Try it and see.
  • Take a day off (or more) when you need to. Mental health is as important as physical health but no one feels OK about taking a day off for feeling sad or stressed. Be aware of when you’ve reached your limit before you do get physically sick by taking a day off from work or make sure to schedule that much-needed vacation time off.
  • Clean up or de-clutter your surroundings. You may not realize it, but that clutter not only creates impassable hallways and collects dust, but clouds our thoughts and weighs heavily on our minds. When you are cleaning up, pay attention to the here-and-now, the way the water feels on your hands as you wash dishes, the sound of the cloth on cleared off shelves, the way clean smells. Schedule a time to de-clutter each week to keep up with it.
  • Get out in nature. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, whether it’s in your backyard, at the seashore or the public park. Getting out in nature is beneficial for mental health—the sun is warming your face, the leaves whisper in the trees, the birds sing, waves surge at your feet. When was the last time you took in the peaceful sights and sounds of our earth? Find out what you’ve been missing!
  • Schedule a visit to your MD for a full physical—blood work and everything. Your physical health plays a big role in your mental health and visa versa—it’s all connected. Also, certain vitamin deficiencies and health conditions can impact your mental and emotional wellbeing. It’s worth checking out.
  • Join a social group—religious prayer groups/gatherings, community improvement, self-help or peer support groups. Whatever may interest you, find it and start making connections. Ask for or search the web for groups in your area.

 Which ones will you make into positive life habits?___________________________________

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