Updated: Oct 5, 2018
Welcome October! This month is emotional wellness/intelligence month. Here are some tips and tools on how to live a more balanced path as this was key to my healing from depression. I hope this information persuades you in some way or fashion.
Stress can damage both emotional and physical wellness. Find an outlet to manage your stress. For some, a workout helps alleviate daily stress. For others, a hobby helps keep them calm. Massages, journaling, guided meditation, yoga, and T'ai chi are also some alternatives to help cope with stress.
2. Seek balance
Set realistic goals and priorities, and tackle what needs to be done first. We can be pulled in a million different directions daily, making balance hard. Be practical about your responsibilities and what you can feasibly accomplish. Being overwhelmed hinders productivity and focus, and can have physical implications as well. Set aside time for your own needs too!
3. Be positive
It is easy to get caught up in negative thoughts or people. Whenever you feel that happening, redirect and stay persuaded about the positive parts of a situation. Write positive affirmations down and repeat to yourself as necessary. As much as possible, surround yourself with positive people. It is OK to limit your association with someone because of their negative outlook. If you must interact with him or her, keep exchanges brief and mentally prepare yourself for possible negativity in the conversation.
4. Accept mistakes
No one is perfect. It is important to acknowledge when you have done wrong, accept it, and then move on. The quicker you can address the error, the sooner you are able to move forward. Mistakes are inevitable. If your mistake involves others, be sure to talk with them as soon as possible. Letting the issue fester can lead to even more stress.
5. let it go
Whenever you hit a bump the road remember that this too shall pass. The only constant thing in life is change. While some rough patches go on much longer than we’d like, with time things will look up. Try not to dwell on the bad and look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.
6. Accept support
Talk to someone about how you feel. Whether it is a trusted friend or a trained professional, you do not need to go through tough times alone. Often, getting things off your chest makes you feel better. Check out my Recovery Numbers page for help line numbers.