According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults struggle with anxiety across the country. Because of the stigma surrounding mental health treatment, or because of financial difficulties, many of these people will not seek professional help for their illness. How can these individuals quell their anxiety? It’s best to have a strategy planned for our worst days, and luckily there are some easy things anyone can do: by practicing self care. Self care can have tremendous positive effects on a person’s health, both emotionally and physically.
1. “Checking in” : Probably the most simple one of all, stop for a moment out of your day and take a quick inventory of your body. Are you tired, hungry, thirsty, etc.? Staying on top of your bodily needs is crucial to your overall mental state.
2. Deep breathing: Close your eyes and take ten deep breaths – in and out. If you’re out in public, find a restroom or another secluded area if needed.
3. Practice good hygiene: Wash your face, put soothing lotion on your hands, give yourself a facial, or even apply makeup!
4. Go outside. If possible, spend some time outdoors and get some fresh air. Take a walk, even for just a few minutes. If you are unable to get outside, open a window or sit beside a closed one. Having healthy vitamin D levels is great for your overall mental state.
5. Do a distracting, relaxing activity: This could be anything from reading a book, playing a video game, scrapbooking, or even just squeezing a foam toy.
These are just some tips to get you started. While not a cure, utilizing and developing good self care habits can help lighten the load and make daily life more manageable. If you are still struggling, contact us for more counseling tips and take that first step towards restoring your mental happiness.