Hello, my name is Faith and I've been managing depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember but I am not a mental health professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price.
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Sometimes my mind needs a hard reset. I recently burnt myself out by working too much and quickly found myself feeling sick, uninspired and unmotivated. All I wanted to do was lay in bed and stare at the ceiling. I felt like everything in life was kind of sucking and my attitude was negative. Here are some things you can do when you need to reset your mindset and get back to your most kick-ass self.
Write a Gratitude List
I’m obsessed with writing gratitude lists. When I’m functioning at my best I write them at least twice a day (in the morning when I wake up and at night before bed). It’s really helped me train my brain to look for the positive situations in life and it’s made me feel more positive about life overall. If you’re feeling discouraged for like nothing is going right take a few minutes and write about everything in your life that you are thankful for. At the end of the day, we all have huge blessings and it’s helpful to give ourselves a reminder and not take them for granted.
Listen to a Guided Meditation
I’m kind of bad at meditating (although I’m getting better!) You can see my favorite guided meditations here. I find that listening to guided meditations is a lot less intimidating than trying to sit in silence. My brain is overactive and I feel like it’s always going and going. Trying to control my thoughts can seem like an intimidating task but the guided meditations give me something to focus on. I am hoping to work up to being able to do silent meditation but for now, I’m going to stick with the guided ones. Meditation is great if you’re feeling out of balance and need a quick way to reset your mindset.
This is a huge one for me, without exercise my mindset falls apart. I typically go to the gym about five days a week but this past week I’ve had a head cold so I’ve been skipping it. I can tell a difference in my mindset right away. All of the warning signs for depression are creeping in and I knew I needed to move my body to reset my mindset. I did some easy yoga videos on YouTube (I love this one that you can do in bed!) and it really helped me get my mood back up. If you’re feeling depressed or anxious try to challenge yourself to just do a little bit more moving around. A full-blown workout might feel like too much but you can try just taking a nice walk or doing some stretching.
Talk to a Friend
This is one of my favorite ways to change my mindset. Sometimes I will lay around and get wayyyyy too in my head. Talking to my friends helps me keep perspective on what I’m thinking about and challenges some of the thoughts I have that I let run wild in my brain. Plus my friends are really funny so talking to them always boosts my mood. Having some laughs always helps me reset my mindset. If you don’t have a friend to talk to about what’s going on in your life (or if you’re friends give terrible advice) it might be time to look into getting a therapist. If you find that your mood just won’t lift no matter how hard you try I definitely recommend going and talking to a professional that is trained to help you.
Read a Book or Listen to a Podcast
I love learning new information and I’m obsessed with all things self-help. You can check out my favorite books for depression and anxiety and I also have a post of my favorite podcasts for mental health. Listening to Podcasts gives my brain something to do besides worry and it can be a great way to break the cycle of doom and worry my mind gets into sometimes. Finding something that you find really interesting and engaging can distract your mind from being so negative and help you reset your mindset. There are so many great free podcasts online and I recently discovered that I can check out ebooks and audiobooks from an app that my library has! For someone that spends hundreds of dollars on audiobooks and ebooks every month, this is a game changer!
I recently did a mental spring cleaning session and it was great. Get rid of everyone on social media that doesn’t bring joy into your life or take a break from social media altogether. I have a whole podcast episode about social media and mental health you can check out here. I also recently did a deep clean of my bedroom and it helped me shift back into a more productive mindset. I often work at a desk in my bedroom at night but the room had gotten cluttered and dirty. I moved all the furniture, vacuumed under the bed and got rid of everything I had in the room that I wasn’t using. It really helped me shift back into a positive mindset and made the room feel so much better. A detox of your digital and physical space and help you reset your mindset fast!
I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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