I won’t lie – moving to another country, even if temporarily, has taken a toll on my mental health. The new, shiny things surrounding me can be good distractions for a while, but I still miss my home, my friends and family, and the feeling of being in the place where I truly belong.
Because of that, I’ve been finding new ways to stay mindful and relax after a long day. Besides meditating, moving my body and journaling, here are five new things that have helped me in the last month and that might change your life for the better, too.
1. Positive affirmations.
I listen to them on a daily basis and I write them down, too. I take 15 minutes every day to listen to positive affirmations and repeat them out loud, while I work on my vision board (my boards are on Pinterest, so I can just keep adding photos for as long as I like). I find that’s the best way to raise my vibes and my overall mood, and I always feel more peaceful and positive afterwards.
My written affirmations have a different goal: I write them down not to feel better in the moment, but to change my mindset on things such as money and success. It helps shift the way I think and will hopefully make me leave those limiting beliefs behind.
2. Limiting your social media use.
I have an online business and I manage a few social media accounts, so unless I turn social media off, I feel like I’m working 24/7. I might be reading a book before bed and thinking “maybe I should check my phone, there might be an important email”, and that really doesn’t work for my mental health. So I downloaded an app called AppBlock, that from 9pm to 9am the next day blocks all my social media notifications. I can’t check Instagram, Facebook, my emails, you name it. And it’s the best way to turn off my business mode and finally get some rest.
3. Listening to the way you talk about yourself.
The way you talk to and about yourself influences the way you act and, inevitably, what you receive and where you get to in life. I’m still pretty bad at talking to myself (working on it!), but I’m getting better at talking about myself – if, for instance, I get something wrong and say “I’m so stupid!”, I immediately correct myself out loud, saying “No, that’s not true. I know I’m smart”, or something similar. You might sound like a crazy person, but eventually, you start thinking before you, well, insult yourself.
4. Saying yes to new challenges.
One of my biggest goals for 2020? To put myself out there. To meet new people, do new, scary things, to say yes to new challenges. If you’re an introvert like I am, this might be a good new habit for you too – to say yes to things you’re a little afraid to do, but that will make you grow in the end. And while you’re at it, saying no to things that don’t make you happy is a great idea too.
5. Doing one thing at a time.
I’m guilty of being a crazy multitasker – and while that might sound good in theory, it’s very easy to take it too far. In my case, it got to a point where I couldn’t take a shower without listening to a podcast, or watch Netflix without managing my social media or cleaning the apartment at the same time. I just couldn’t do it; I felt like I was wasting my time when I wasn’t multitasking.
But at the end of the day, I was burned out, exhausted, and unhappy. So I forced myself to focus on doing one thing at a time, and while I’m still not great at it, I’m definitely doing better – and now taking showers in silence, which ends up being the time of the day when I have the best ideas.
If you have any other habits that have positively change your life, I’d love to read all about them in the comments!🌸