Happy Mental Health Monday! The best day of the week, hooray! This week, I’ll be sharing all my favorite free coping strategies that I’ve found over YEARS of careful trial and error. Of course, as always, everyone is different, so finding your own personalized strategies might help too! Most of these are universal though, and probably can help you start to feel a little less tense! You don’t need to spend money to feel better, so trying some of these free coping strategies might help!
Writing this is bringing back serious memories from my childhood. Being an anxious kid, we we’re always trying to find things to negate all the negative feelings that were also quick and easy for me. Since then, I’ve actually started to see how important all that is! As a pre teen and teenager, I sorta didn’t think these would work, but in all reality, they’re some of the best things you can do for yourself, even if you don’t live with anxiety or related illnesses. Self care is important for everyone! So without further adieu..
Free Coping Strategies!
- Get enough sleep. This might be super obvious, but seriously, so many people neglect sleep and underestimate how much better you feel when you’re well rested.
- Drink enough water. Again, yes, might seem obvious but really over looked. Better hydration makes you feel better overall, and leaves you feeling less gross when stress hits hard.
- Understand that “no.” is a complete sentence. Seriously. Read about respecting your boundaries here and start working on saying no to the things that don’t serve you.
- Get outside more. Spending time in the sun can help to boost your vitamin D, which tends to foster those lovely feel good feels.
- While you’re outside, get a walk in. Exercising is proven to help boost those feel good chemicals up and help to combat stress, anxiety, and even depression.
- Start a journal. It’s always a good idea to journal before bed at night, so you can record things that are on your mind and get them out of your system before laying down and trying to rest. Mind won’t stop racing when you’re trying to doze off? Write it down!
- Take time to meditate and reflect. A simple guided meditation (tons on youtube!) can help you to unwind when you’re feeling on the anxious side or like stress is getting the better of you.
- Self care, then self care some more. Self care can save you from stress when stuff gets too tough. Read all about self care here and shop my favorite self care items here. It can be as simple as making sure you get enough sleep or drink enough water, or might be spending time on an activity you love. And it’s so lovely.
- Practice yoga! I have to say, as an anxious person, you might be SICK of people telling you to try to practice yoga. But seriously, taking some time to do a couple flows can help you so much and can help quiet your mind too. Plus, some instructors focus their practice on those who are anxious or have depression.
- Spend time on things you love. Sometimes, when you’re dealing with mental health concerns, you tend to forget to spend time on the things that make you happiest. Taking time to indulge in a favorite activity can make a serious difference.
- Relax with an adult coloring book. These books have been popping up EVERYWHERE! Taking the time to color each picture can help to relax your mind and focus your energy into something more positive.
- Try out a meditation app! There are tons of apps all over the internet that help you to be more intentional on the daily, meditate, and get back to feeling centered and ready to go. Give one a try, a ton are free!
- Kick back and take a bath. This has to be my favorite! I love getting to just sit and relax, maybe toss in a bath bomb, and spend time getting back to myself. It’s perfection.
- Take a breath. Go outside, collect yourself, and practice some deep breathing. This is one of the most simple ways to calm your mind and reduce your stress quickly.
- Spend time with friends and family! Be sure to utilize your support networks, because they’re there to help you!
Do you have any free coping strategies that you love? Feel free to share the comments below, the more the better!