Give yourself permission to practice self-care. Our experts say it can all start with a few simple steps.
Transform negative thoughts into positive energy. “Whether you’re helping out one person or an entire community, continue doing what you’re doing and your people will find you,” says Elyse Fox, who started Sad Girls Club to address the lack of support for women like Fox in the mental health space.
Tight on space but need some breathing room? “Getting organized is another way to regain control,” says Liz Beecroft, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. “I recommend three simple ways to start: create a to do list, tidy up your space and/or prepare for the day ahead.”
To prevent social media from setting the tone for her day or night, Elyse Fox doesn’t scroll before going to sleep or first thing in the morning. Elyse highlights the importance of mindfulness anytime receiving images, words, and news—regardless if they’re good or bad.
“You can’t climb a ladder if you don’t know where you want to end up,” shares Liz Beecroft. She says journaling, reflecting, meditating “to become more mindful and present” will help you gain more insight into your goals and motivations.
“Volunteering doesn’t just help others in need—studies have shown that it can also boost your mood, lower your stress levels, and combat depression.” Says Liz Beecroft. Research an organization you’re interested in or join a friend’s activity (virtually!).
Larissa May, founder of #HalfTheStory, says that setting realistic expectations and breaking out three things you want to achieve each day can make a lengthy to-do list feel more manageable.
“Make sure your purpose in sharing to social media is to provide information that contributes to a solution. Focus on highlighting action items your friends can take or offer resources to support those who need them,” notes The Jed Foundation.
Add new purpose to your next touch-base with friends or family. “Creating some type of game or event out of virtual hangouts has worked to bring more meaning to my video calls,” says Liz Beecroft.