psychology

Ways To Remain Positive During Hard Times

Mental Health Awareness Month

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would do a post about “Ways To Remain Positive During Difficult Times” as I know for a lot of people the last few weeks/months have been very difficult and it may be difficult to remain positive when so much negativity is surrounding us. It may be even more difficult for people who were already suffering from mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. I think we could all use something positive right now and that’s why I decided to share these today. I just want to remind everyone that if you feel like you need someone to talk to about the situation please feel free to reach out via social media or email both of which is listed below.

Happy jar


This is something I found out about a few years ago and I think it’s a really great and fun way to remind yourself to be happy. Basically, what you do is get a jar and then write all your happy memories on pieces of paper and put them in the jar. When you’re feeling depressed or just sad you take out a couple of the papers until you start to feel better. This will remind you that things are not always bad and bad moments don’t last forever.

Take a walk


Personally, I’ve always found walking to be really relaxing and calming especially if it’s in an area that has some kind of nature around it- maybe some plants/trees. It helps you get some fresh air which is really good for your brain especially when you’re feeling down and it allows you to kind of step back and relax.
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Breathe


Sometimes all you need to do is take a few deep breathes. It’s pretty much as simple as that! Taking deep breathes can help you with stress, anxiety and other stress related issues. It can have an instantly calming effect on your mind and body and some people even use breathing techniques to stop panic attacks. There are multiple types of breathing techniques that you can find online and trying them out may help you find the perfect breathing technique for you.

Meditation/yoga


Meditation and yoga can be extremely beneficial especially if they’re done regularly and long term. It helps your mind break out of negative thought patterns and it helps you increase positive thoughts. It also helps you have better control over your mind and body. It can be quite calming as well.

Talk to people you love


Sometimes all you need to do is talk to someone you love/care about. It can really bring a lot of positivity into your life to just express your thoughts and emotions. Expressing yourself with help you get the burden off your shoulder and it will help you to see that you are not alone. Especially right now with everything going on it’s quite easy to feel alone and out of touch with others. So do reach out to someone you care about and talk to them.

Seek Help

If you or someone you know are experiences mental health problems please seek professional health. It can be extremely beneficial to talk to a professional. There are sites that offer online therapy sessions for those who may not be able to go to therapy.
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