When big changes we aren’t prepared for happen in our lives (like the pandemic), knowing how to move forward can be really difficult. As part of Mental Health Month, let’s look at some tools that can help us process change and adapt more easily.️
- Focus on what you can control. During times of change, it can be comforting to know there are still things you have control over, like how you react to situations and how you start each day.️
- Write out your feelings on paper. One of the best ways to release the overwhelming thoughts in your head is to start a journal to jot down your thoughts and feelings.
- Practice self-care where you can. Your routine may have changed completely, but incorporating small, familiar self-care habits – even it’s something simple, like showering or taking a walk after dinner – can give you the mental clarity to process the big changes.️
- Find support. Try talking to friends or family, joining an online support group, or opening up to a mental health professional. Having someone who can listen and provide support can help you through any transition you’re working through.️
- Tune into the good. There is most likely some grief that comes with processing change. Let yourself grieve, but try not to get stuck spiraling into the fear, anguish, and negativity that those changes may bring. Instead, retrain your brain to think of the positives in your life by doing things like practicing gratitude, focusing on the small things that bring you joy (like #ichoosebeauty), or reframing challenges as opportunities.️
- Make plans. You don’t have to stick to your plan perfectly. Just starting small with what your day or week is going to look like can help get rid of that uncertainty that comes with change.️
- Remind yourself that you are strong and capable and can make it through whatever challenges you’re facing (and that you’ve made it through some tough changes in the past). Maybe even say it out loud to yourself to really let it sink in.
You can find more info about processing big changes, plus a worksheet, by downloading the free Tools2Thrive toolkit from my partner, Mental Health America here.
I used to believe in the hustle – scheduling most moments of my days at work and in life, in general. Until I got sick in 2019 with my vertigo and upper cervical injury and found out that if I didn’t learn to rest (a lot), I wouldn’t heal completely.
I resisted the rest so hard!
I eventually got past the resisting, and learned so much along the way about the time we have versus the energy we have.
You might have time for something that only takes 15 minutes, but is it worth it if it sucks every drop of energy out of you? OR you may spend three hours doing something – but that thing doesn’t use much of your energy… it might even give you more energy.
Now when I plan my days, I take energy into consideration of everything I put on my schedule. I deliberately include space for resting, and I finally don’t feel bad about it.
Stopped to take in a little beauty in the Target parking lot. What beauty did you notice today?
As we kick off Mental Health Month, it’s important to note the profound impact COVID-19 has had on our mental health… before we get to some tools that can help you.
In November 2020, the CDC reported that 44% of us were dealing with either depression or anxiety. 44%! Young people are bearing the brunt of the pandemic, but the numbers cross all generations. Now more than ever, it’s critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles that keeps too many people from getting the care they need.
This month is all about our mental health and well-being. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing valuable information to help us develop resiliency, and shine some light as we continue to push through the challenges of the past year.
I recommend you start by downloading the free Tools2Thrive toolkit from my partner, Mental Health America. It comes with several worksheets on things like coping with big changes, recognizing trauma, and dealing with anger and frustration. Download it here.
I’m an open book about mental health, and hope that by continuing to share my journey, it helps someone who maybe hasn’t been able to speak out or doesn’t know what they’re actually going through (that was me at one time). It has always been my goal to let you know that you are not alone, that you can feel better, and that there’s nothing wrong with getting help.
Cheers to Mental Health Month! Please reach out if you have any questions. xx Sahar
Still dreaming of this amazing salad with coconut bacon (whatttttttt) that I had a couple of weeks ago at Moku Roots. We will be back for more soon!
Done! After nearly two years of upper cervical adjustments (with some gaps because of covid) due to an old injury, I only have to go to my chiropractor on an as-needed basis! My neck has been holding the adjustments well the past few months… finally!
It’s been a long road with many tough lessons. I wanted to quit so many times, I strongly resisted resting until I had no choice, and I learned to surrender to truly give my body what it needed.
No vertigo in two years, I regained my hearing loss (due to Meniere’s disease), and my neck feels stable. I’m so proud that I made it to the other side.
Ummm… Did Bonnie stock up on all her Beautycounter clean faves during our Friends & Family sale, or is she just refusing to get out of my shot?!?!
Everything is 15% off site-wide through April 27, 2021, so don’t miss out! Email me if you have questions or want recommendations.
Also, shortly after I took this photo, Bonnie has moved on to bird-watching with Clyde…