Best Ways To Reset Your Mental State
The beginning of the summer can get extremely busy, stressful, and hectic. With work and less motivation to be indoors, focusing and productivity are at an all-time high of coffee-fueled and sleep deprived. The push to enjoy the outdoors, be active, get work done, and squeeze as many activities as you can into your week can be draining and take a toll on your mental health.
Despite all the summer fun and hype, it’s especially important to take care of our mental health by taking time to relax, reflect and evaluate.
Here are some of the best ways:
If you haven’t already tried yoga or joined the yoga bandwagon, it’s time to hop on. Yoga is more than twisting yourself into a pretzel-- it is a mental and physical challenge that leaves you feeling brand new.
Stress and hours spent on our phones or looking at screens contribute to tightness in our necks, through our spines, and throughout our entire bodies. Yoga aims at working out the tightness in our bodies. Different poses contribute to body detoxes, spinal cord strengthening, core and muscle toning, stability, and flexibility.
Mentally, yoga will give you what you put in. In a class, if you put in the effort to clear your mind and get in touch with your body, you will get the most out of it and leave feeling cleansed, relaxed and loose.
There’s something about seeing words on a page that can make things more manageable, more clear, or easier to understand. Whether it’s writing a list of all the things you have on your plate, reflecting on a bad experience at work, or bulleting all the great things in your life-- writing can be an amazing form of mental reflection.
Gratitude journals are where you can write down anything that you are thankful for, whether it’s a little thing or something as significant as a loved one, your health, or your pets!
A funny find journal can help if your life has become too intense or too serious. Journaling about your favorite jokes, funny stories, or weird things you see can add a lightness to your life that you might really need.
Poetry can be a way to express yourself, challenge yourself, and show your artistic side. Immersing yourself in the process of writing quick poems can take your mind away from unwanted stress.
3. Take 20 minutes to sit and think.
This one may sound obscure or counterproductive...how will wasting this time help me feel less stressed about all the work I have ahead of me?
The answer is straightforward: take a full 20 minutes to think about all your distractions, feelings, goals, dreams, stressers and then you’re done with them. You’ve had your time and now you can go back to work and focus on what needs to be done.
Drinking a cup of tea, sitting in a comfortable space, or listening to calming/your favorite music can all help make your thinking space the most effective for you.
4. Clean yourself up.
Treating your physical body can also help your mental state. Taking a great shower, doing a face mask, changing your diet to incorporate healthier options, go to sleep a half hour earlier, increase your water (and decrease your juice/soda intake) are all little things that can help you physically feel better.
When our body feels rights, it’s a lot easier to function and be productive. Trying to produce your best work when you don’t even feel 100% is almost impossible-- it’s much easier after you’ve taken the steps to feel good and have more energy.
5. Eat & Drink Clean
Try to drink about 9 cups of water daily, get around 8 hours of sleep, and limit your intake of processed foods. A good rule of thumb is that the best foods for you can be found on the outermost edges of your local grocery stores--usually, the processed/sugary snacks are found in the innermost aisles.
Whether you try one, all, or none of these things, keep in mind that your mental health should be your main priority because it affects everything you do. In busy and stressful times, it is especially important to set aside time to check in with yourself, reflect, and evaluate how you feel or what you need to do to feel better.