Painting and crafts can be a great outlet for your emotions while focusing your mind on a task that requires concentration.
Playing or listening to music can often reduce stress, as well as many of the psychological and physical manifestations associated with it. The use of music to cope with stress can really benefit you to feel free from the thoughts currently in your head, and just let you distant yourself from those negative thoughts for a little while.
Talking about your problems so that you can gain support, develop a solution, or see a problem in a different way can be healthy. Or even if you just want to chat with your friends about the day-to-day things in life – a distraction can always help.
Exercise can help you feel healthy and active while also improving your mental health at the same time. Doing an activity with the same intensity as your emotion can help you combat that negative emotion. Exercise can also help you feel less tired and lethargic. Find the right exercise that works for you!
Why not take time for yourself, take yourself to a coffee shop or somewhere you can feel safe. Do something for you, that you enjoy and take some time out from the business and stresses of life that can be so overwhelming at times.
Mindfulness is a skill. It requires work like any therapy and practice like any skill. It isn’t a shortcut and courses only set the scene, but many find it enjoyable and rewarding; bringing them a sense of peace and calmness.
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