6 Ways to Keep Your Chin Up
Is your Alexa getting in the way of your ability to think straight? The 24-hour news cycle got you down? Then it might be time to refocus your efforts inward—we’ve put together six easy tips to help keep your chin up.
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1. Limiting Time Spent Watching the News
Media overload can add to the stress of our day-to-day, especially under trying circumstances. So, whenever you can, close your laptop, put down the remote, and ditch your phone.
Social media is one of the best ways to stay connected with friends and family, but remember it keeps you wanting more, and in times of stress, that’s less than ideal.
It’s a good idea to avoid the news and social media during the first hour after waking up and one hour before bed. If you must look at your phone during these times, stick with trusted sources, reliable apps, and look for the kind of content, you can get quickly. That will cut down on the time you spend in the research rabbit hole.
If you’re having trouble getting off your phone, set limits on social media and news consumption. Most smartphones have handy settings to limit specific content categories.
2. Take an Openfit Class
According to the National Institutes of Health, the benefits of physical exercise are many.
Beyond getting tight and toned, a daily exercise routine can help enhance your mood and emotional well-being. They say that activities like yoga and Pilates help reduce feelings of depression and stress, improve sleep, and increase your energy level.
3. Meditate or Journal
Staying on top of our mental health, while crucial, is an often overlooked aspect of self-care. Stress heightens during a crisis and can harm your health.
Meditation is a great way to unwind and check-in with yourself in the middle of a stressful day. Here are a few app suggestions to help get you zenned out:
- Ten Percent Happier- this well-known meditation app is like having a daily meditation coach in your pocket. Whether you’re new to meditation or a seasoned pro, this app even has sleep meditations to help calm that inner dialog, so you get the most restorative sleep.
- Waking Up-A beautifully designed app from neuroscientist, philosopher, and author, Sam Harris. Waking up is your guide to understanding your mind. Beyond teaching the basics of meditation, the app features lessons and conversations from leaders in the field.
As teenagers, we journaled through our angsty years. So why don’t we journal as adults?
We often feel too busy with work and family to engage in self-care. Studies show that positive affect journaling, an emotion-focused self-regulation intervention, serves as an effective way to mitigate mental distress.
Popular Journal Brands:
- Bullet Journals are a fun DIY way to journal and show off your artistic side.
- Moleskine is the go-to notebook for journaling! With its elegant and sleek design, these leather-bound journals are made to last a lifetime and will never go out of style.
- Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice– if you are a Michelle Obama fan (and who isn’t?), then you’ll love this guided journal with over 150 prompted questions with a focus on self-empowerment and owning our own story.
4. Watch a Movie
Whether you want to cozy up with a good rom-com or take-in something that will keep you on the edge of your seat, there is no shortage of On-Demand feature films and binge-worthy series out there.
Laughter creates positive sensations in the body and is an effective way to relieve stress. So make sure to laugh it up because we can all use a little stress relief right about now.
If comedy isn’t your thing, get to know yourself on a deep level. Brene Brown’s The Call to Courage on Netflix is a must-see, especially if you don’t have time to read her books.
5. Read a Book
A recent study found, after following participants for a dozen years, that those who read books lived two years longer than those who did not—hmm. So break out that sci-fi novel you’ve had sitting on the shelf, it can literally help you live longer.
It is therapeutic to cuddle up with a good read and spend a few hours getting lost. Whether you’re into drama or personal transformation, there’s something out there for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite book clubs and authors.
- Oprah’s Book Club- This book club dates al the way back to 1996, and it is still going strong today! Ranging from timeless classics to contemporary transformational work, Oprah has got you covered and won’t steer you wrong.
- GOOP Approved- Gwyneth Paltrow and her GOOP staff have put together a list of their top 11 book club reads. If you’re looking for something on the darker side? They have it. Or something to get your political fix? Done. They even have a little poetry sprinkled in there.
- Hello Sunshine- Reese Witherspoon charms both on screen and with her book club. Filled with thoughtful and female-focused books with females at the center of each story. You are sure to fall in love with this collection over and over again.
- Brené Brown- Her TED Talk, The power of vulnerability, is one of the top 25 TED Talk of ALL time! Her impactful collection of work is sure to reach you on a whole new level.
6. Play a Board Game
If the game of life is a little too real right now, get sucked into a time warp with games like: Sorry, Monopoly, and Risk. Maybe try your hand at a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle or paint by number wall art—they’ve been selling like hotcakes lately.
Play board games to relieve stress, boost confidence, and just let loose while keeping your noggin sharp.
If you require some face-to-face friend time, try Houseparty. This app lets you have group chats and plays games with the whole group like a quick draw or heads up—which is like charades.
The popular gaming platform Jackbox features cooperative play with Zoom integration allowing players to see their opponents and track progress in real-time.
- The Emotional Benefits of Exercise www.nia.nih.gov/health/infographics/emotional-benefits-exercise
- Online Positive Affect Journaling in the Improvement of Mental Distress and Well-Being in General Medical Patients With Elevated Anxiety Symptoms: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6305886/
- THE SURVIVAL ADVANTAGE OF READING BOOKS www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6245064/