If you’re like many people, the past year has been a challenging one. Maybe you’ve experienced economic hardship, job loss, or illness. Perhaps you’re struggling with anxiety or depression.
Or maybe you’re just feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. If so, it’s important to remember that it’s perfectly normal to feel this way. And while it may not be easy, there are things you can do to reestablish your sense of well-being.
Here are three tips to get you started:
Connect with Nature
Spend time outside in nature, and take in the sights and sounds of the natural world around you, which can help you feel more connected to the world and provide a sense of peace and calm.
Start with going outside every couple of hours, spending 30 minutes at a time. Dress accordingly, and don’t let the weather deter you. Watch the sunrise or sunset. The colors of the sky and the peace of the beginning or end of the day are very welcoming.
Physical activity releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects. Exercise can also help reduce stress and anxiety. Go for frequent walks or hikes.
Go swimming or head to your local gym to lift weights. Take a dance lesson, go running, or rollerblading. The important thing is to get your body moving.
Find a Hobby or Activity That Brings You Joy
Doing something that you enjoy can help boost your mood and give you a sense of purpose. It can also help take your mind off of negative thoughts and events. Turn off the TV and put down your phone.
This is a great time to focus on all the interests you have been putting off. Read a book, meditate, go on a trip, or learn something new. There is an abundance of things we can do that focus on the positive in our lives.