Five Inexpensive Ways To Help Reduce Stress/Anxiety and Improve Mental Health

I think most all can agree the 2020 has been a rollercoaster of events, which, in fact, has been assumed to be related to the rising stress levels of American people. With so much chaos going on in the world it’s hard to get a break or even the money to afford the help they may need! As for me being clinical diagnosed with ADD, anxiety, and depression it was hard for me to get the help I needed without wiping out my bank account. These ways have helped me find my happiness and improved my overall health; and get this, most don’t cost more than $10!

1) INVEST IN A PLANNER/JOURNAL

Being able to write down your thoughts and your scheduled events is one of the best things you can do to start! Simple notebooks, binders, and planners can range from $3-$20. Therapists can be costly, by buying one of these you have a way to write how your day went and some things you have planned for the future. Granted, you might not have the responsiveness of someone to help you, but sometimes writing things down helps you think things through, and, if using a planner, can help you remember when things are scheduled. This is also a way for you to get creative and pass the time as journaling can be a fun, hands-on way to express your feelings.

2) TAKE VITAMINS OR SUPPLEMENTS

I can’t even begin to express how much vitamins have helped me improve overall. I personally take the Nutrilite Women’s Pack through Amway and by taking supplements like these it helps clear toxins, improve and help you get the nutrients you might lack, and even give you the energy you need to get through the day. And that’s only to list a few of the perks! As long as you take a Daily Vitamin or Gummy you can expect to see improvement in tackling mental blocks, tiredness, hair/skin/and nails growth, and most importantly in preventing your body from getting sick in the future!

3) HAVE A ROUTINED MORNING AND NIGHT SCHEDULE

If you’ve ever had the problem of waking up or going to bed on a certain time or even trying to remember to take care of your self creating a morning and night schedule might be the thing that can help! Although most things are supposedly closed, we still seem to have busy schedules. Grab a piece of paper or two, or grab your planner/ journal and create a creative page in which you can use to remind you to take care of yourself. By knowing what your supposed to be doing at certain time you limit the amount of stress you might get from not and help you from forgetting if there’s something new that you might have to do in the morning or night. For example maybe you want to pre-make your lunch at night, in the morning write it down on your schedule and look back on it when it’s time to to remind yourself. If you like things already made here is some sheets I have made for you to use: schwartz_k_morningandnight.pdf

4) EXERCISE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES A DAY

No, I’m not trying to pretend I’m a fitness coach telling you what to do with your body, but I’m telling you exercising at least 30 minutes a day can improve they way you look at yourself for good and can improve productivity. Studies have actually shown that when exercising you release the same hormones as you do during sex, which by the way can make you feel happy and energized. I like to do my workouts in the morning so I can start my day off of a good foot and as I have been doing it a while I have slowly seen me grow fond of who I am and help me have the productivity to do more work. Take your dogs on a walk, run your neighborhood, practice sports with friends and family; by getting out of the house and working your body, you are helping improve your overall health not just the physical part.

5) TAKE AND HOUR OUT OF YOUR DAY TO JUST WORK ON YOU AS A WHOLE

I heard this when listening to the book Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis with my mom and this is one of the things that stood out to me. I started to practice doing so and, wow, it really does help. Create and make room for either an extra hour or one not spent on technology to help you improve what ever it is you want to improve about your self. It could be your spiritual, emotional, physical, etc. but pick an aspect of your health and focus deep into helping it and what you might lack. You can spend this hour to do some extra exercise, study topics you’ve always wanted to learn, read a new book, do devotionals, do a face mask; the possibilities are endless! Helping you be self aware and taking the time to better yourself is one of the most important takeaways from this article and it is, personally, one of the most necessary things you need in your life. I have improved how I wanted to see myself and I have reduce my stress by sometimes using the time to be extra efficient in my day to day life. It really works!