Keep Your Mind Healthy and Positive
Now more than ever, many of us are having a difficult time keeping our minds in a healthy place. Constantly balancing the chaos of things going on around us with the feelings of isolation from staying at home makes it extremely challenging to keep our positive mental energy flowing.
October was National Positive Attitude Month. What better time to remind ourselves to try to filter out the bad and focus on the good. Here are a few suggestions to try when having moments of mental struggle:
Limit your news watching to prevent constant influx of negative influences
Keeping informed is important, but too much can become overwhelming.
Social media can be fine in moderation, but less effective when overused
Podcasts and online courses can help keep your mind focused on something positive
There are many creative on-line outlets for kids, everything from the arts or enhanced learning programs
For adults there are a variety of positive informative options, from professional programs to self-improvement
Home projects or crafts can channel your energy and provide a sense of accomplishment
Tackle long overdue home improvement projects
Hone your skills in the kitchen
Try some new fall recipes including seasonal ingredients such as apples or different squashes
Cook up a big pot of soup or chili to keep warm on the chilly nights ahead
Tap into your creative side with an art project. If you’re not sure how to get started, research some online programs or kits to get started
Reading can be a great escape!
Check out the newest novel using the New York Time Bestseller list, any of the various reading apps, or suggested reading lists at your local library or bookstore
Expand your mind with non-fiction on a topic which interests you, try a biography about someone you admire
Spend time outside of the house
Take walks daily, enjoy the brisk air and the changing colors of the leaves
Enjoy your favorite sport or outdoor activity with your family
Bundle up and patronize your local restaurants, enjoy some of the creative ways businesses have enhanced outdoor dining with heaters or bubbles for you to cozy up in with your loved ones
Remember, you’re not alone! Many are struggling with challenges during this difficult time. Try to focus on the positive and utilize some of these ideas to bring joy, positivity and smiles into your days.
If you or a loved one is struggling with mental illness, please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at https://www.nami.org/Home or call the support line at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)