10 Things For My Brain: Pandemic Edition

Greetings from the underworld my dudes.

It’s pretty evident on my blog that my mental health has been something I’ve struggled with for awhile. Shockingly, during the pandemic my mental health struggle has significantly improved. Weird , right? However, I know that isn’t the case for most people right now right now. I still have bad days, but on the bad days I know I’ll make it through…..and how. Which , is what we’re going to dive into today. What i’ve been doing to help my mental health during this pandemic. I would like to add that while these things have helped me, we are all different and different things help different people. It’s pretty evident on my blog that my mental health has been something I’ve struggled with for awhile. Shockingly, during the pandemic my mental health struggle has significantly improved. Weird, right? However, I know that isn’t the case for most people right now right now. I still have bad days, but on the bad days I know I’ll make it through…..and how. Which , is what we’re going to dive into today. What i’ve been doing to help my mental health during this pandemic. I would like to add that while these things have helped me, we are all different and different things help different people. 

10 Things For My Brain: Pandemic Edition

1.Yoga

It would not be fair to yoga for this to not be at the top of my list. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend this entire pandemic in yoga teacher training, partly virtual. Which has helped my mind tremendously. Yoga changes lives.

2. Catching some Zzzz’s

I don’t mean sleeping until the pandemic is over and avoiding all of life’s problems. I do mean getting as steady of a sleep schedule as possible. For me, waking up and crashing the same time every morning and night helps regulate my moods to some degree. Also, sleeping too little or too much just makes me cranky af.

3. HyGIeNE – yes, seriously

Yes, the basics. But also, putting on “real” clothes, fixing my hair, doing my makeup, (feeling myself vibes basically)…..even if I’m not going anywhere. It helps. I can’t explain why, but try it.

4. New Obsessions

Ok, maybe that one sounded a bit creepy. What I mean is finding a new hobby or getting back into old ones. I did more cooking this past year than I have my entire life it feels. I got back into painting, reading tarot, even making friendship bracelets. Not only was it good at passing time, it was nice to spend time on things that have an outcome too. It’s just fun to do. Do fun things, that’s my advice.

5. Flipping It

When I say flip it, I mean my mood. When I realize I am sinking into whatever garbage my brain has decided we will be having, I think of flipping whatever it is into something else. That means when grumpy = eats snack and take nap. Sometimes I actually do flip my body, yoga yay.

6. H20

I could talk all day about how much better I feel when I stay hydrated. My skin looks better, I feel better. I have more energy and also my brain just works better. Chug.

7. NO NEWS

Oddly enough, I still know everything that’s going on in the world without watching CNN and reading news articles all day. Seriously, take a break. I promise the anxiety will be better without constant news updates.

8. Marie Kondo Your Life

Ok, maybe not that intense. But, keeping my space cute, clean, and only full of stuff I use and love……game changer. It still gets messy, it just gets cleaned back up faster.

9. Laugh

Do I need explain myself on this one? I seriously will watch any type of content that could possibly make me laugh. I do still and often laugh at the absurdity of the world, myself, and little things. It’s a good one.

10. Living In The Moment

As cheesy as it sounds, being present has been one of the best thing I could do. I don’t mean constantly thinking about the world being on fire. Just being mindful of what I’m doing; if it’s walking my dog or talking to my roommate or a friend…..just being present and really being there. It’s hard sometimes, but man, it really helps ease the mood.

I didn’t add it to the list, but I will say I have spent a pretty penny at the dispensary this year. Responsibly spent penny, that is.

This year has been hard collectively, for everyone. Take care of yourself. Drink Some Water. Get Some Sleep. Smoke one. Or not.

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