You do a really good job of taking care of yourself physically. You work out, you eat right, but that’s not all there is. Your mind needs to be in good shape too. What does that look like? I think it’s different for everyone, so it might take a little experimentation to discover what works for you.
- Read: You know you like to do it. Plus it provides you with mental stimulation, stress reduction, improves your focus, allows you to “escape” without having to go anywhere, and all sorts of other benefits.
- Write: On paper. It’s good for you.
- Meditate: Being able to calm your mind is a skill. Build that skill.
- Challenge yourself: Get out of your comfort zone. Learn or do something you might not be good at or even interested in.
- Remember the past: take the time to remember details of something from your past you love and enjoy. Write it down, you’ll have something comforting to read and add to later when you need it. Why? To remember where you’ve been and to know how far you’ve come.
- Take a walk: Get outside. Move your feet. It’s not an intense workout, more of a way to focus and free your brain.
- Be alone: It’s another skill to develop. Being happy alone releases you from the tethers of always having to be around someone else.
- Be with people: Find good people to be around and do it. You can also just go to a coffee shop, the gym, or even the mall to be around other people.
- Talk to a counselor or therapist: Professionals who are trained to help you figure this out are a great resource for solutions and the reason why you might be feeling the way you’re feeling.
- Observe: Engage with everything around you. This means focusing on things outside of you and disengaging with distractions. Try to find the interesting in the mundane or try to see the everyday differently. Write it down, take photos, or don’t.