Let’s make it mindful! Life can get stressful, so it’s no wonder that so many of us have a difficult time healthily expressing ourselves. Whether you’re a mom, dad, or kiddo, we have just a few tips that might help you learn to self-soothe. While it is easier said than done, it’s an invaluable skill for anyone to know how tactics for calming during stressful or anxious situations. Life is going to throw so many trials at everybody, and the best thing to do is to learn how to address those using your noggin.
Increasing one’s mindfulness can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and the likes. Increasing mindfulness is likely not a quick fix for any mental health issues. These tips, while being helpful, may not cure any of the aforementioned issues, but it may lighten the effects if used regularly over a period of time.
What is mindfulness?
It’s the state that you achieve when you allow yourself to live in the present. Simply, mindfulness is living in the present and now allowing anxiety, depression, general sadness, and whatever weighs you down to not burden your brain.
Before you begin to address any issues with anxiety, depression, and general mental wellness, ensure that you or your loved one has been eating well, sleeping well, and engaging in some sort of physical or social activity. Checking those boxes of physical health might help in mindfulness and meditation. In general, they’re good practices for being a human.
If your anxious tendencies, depression, and stress are affecting your relationships with your children or family, it may be a good idea to understand that people, children especially, can empathize with your stress and adopt it as their own.
For starters, meditation is a tried and true method for increasing mindfulness. An excellent place to start is using a guided meditation, which you can easily find on YouTube, or through the app Headspace. If used over a period of time, it has been known to reduce anxious tendencies and help individuals develop self-soothing tactics.
If you want to try one of the most historically proven forms of meditation, all you have to do is merely sit crisscross applesauce, if you like. Close your eyes. Allow your body to breathe and function. Allow your mind to race and wander, but do not pay attention to any of the thoughts that present themselves. Give yourself the moment and the time for those thoughts to present themselves, but do not allow your mind to focus on them. Try to clear your mind. You may do this for any period that makes you feel comfortable.
One of the easiest ways to unpack emotions in an unfiltered manner is just taking a pen to paper or typing out issues. It can help you get out of your own head and step away from your emotions before they overcome you.
Keep track of it
If you are having persisting anxiety, depression, or sadness, keep a calendar of how your days are going. Write down what you did, how you felt, and how much sleep, food, or exercise you got. Using a calendar to track your mindfulness will help you keep track of environmental triggers that might contribute to depression, anxiety, or general mental wellness.
In the middle of it all, just remember where you are
A proven coping technique is the 5-4-3-2-1 technique.
5 things you see
4 things you can feel or touch
3 things that you hear
2 things you can smell
1 thing you taste
State who you are, what you’re doing, and one good thing. This exercise can help center you in the midst of an anxious or stressful moment. The 5-4-3-2-1 technique is an excellent way of creating an easy and succinct way of self-soothing.
A final thought
Many of these suggestions are proven to be helpful for many individuals. That being said, everyone is different. Use these tips at your discretion. If your anxiety, depression, and general mental wellness are not improving, please consult a psychiatrist, therapist, or counselor.