Making friends with your body
Most of us are usually not overzealous in taking care of our bodies. We use it as long as we can, and when it gets tired, fat, old, or sick, we complain that it doesn't serve us well. Traditional upbringing whispers that taking care of the body is a sign of weakness. But neurologist Rick Hanson reminds us that there is a price to pay for mistreating the body, because we are not separate from it and its needs are our needs.
Assemble a "box of niceties."
In such a box - the very real one - you can put items that evoke pleasant memories, help you relax. We often keep souvenirs, photos, notes from loved ones, a used ticket to a memorable concert... Keeping things with a story is good for everyone, but especially for those who struggle with anxiety or depression.
Take a dip in nature's bath
For most of its history, humanity has depended on and been connected to nature. We don't always realize it, but the rhythm of our lives is attuned to nature.
Some cultures have long had immersion practices in nature, such as shinrinyoku, or the Japanese "forest bath." The practice prescribes a two-hour walk in the woods once a week to reduce stress and anxiety. In London, many parks have developed bionic landscaping that encourages people to spend time playing outdoors.
Start the morning with yoga.
Waking up can be the most rewarding and enjoyable part of the day. Before you even get out of bed, spend a few minutes doing yoga.
These few minutes can change the whole day for the better, because morning exercise stimulates blood circulation, balances the hormonal system and helps the body to get rid of harmful substances. In addition, various studies confirm that if you wake up and start with a healthy habit, you are much more likely to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the day. The unique combination of active movement and breathing and concentration of consciousness produces an unparalleled invigorating effect.
Use Laughter Therapy
The ability to laugh is considered innate - you could say it is one of the human instincts. When we laugh, the body produces substances necessary for well-being: neurotransmitters, endorphins, and dopamine. Laughing, we feel pleasure, cheered up, muscles relax. Laughter helps to build relationships between people, because it unites, pushes the joint activity, has a positive effect on performance and creativity, helps to relax and open up new perspectives.
Find the positive in negative events
Try to change the train of thought so that even in the negative events found positive aspects. Treat it as a game and don't dwell on setbacks like badly ended relationships, financial difficulties or health problems. Try to find something positive in them. For example:
Take anger medicine.
Every emotion affects our body. When you feel neglect or resentment towards someone, you suffer from negative emotions, because they can be difficult to deal with. One of the most effective treatments for negative feelings is forgiveness. Through forgiveness, you can effortlessly first express and then let go of a destructive feeling. You don't have to believe in the effectiveness of this method - you just have to try it. Then the conscious mind, and especially the subconscious mind, will receive latent commands to let go of the emotion.
Forgive your parents for their lack of care and learn to take care of them
Many adults do live their lives with a wounded soul, holding the traces of mental trauma from childhood. We are not talking about abuse or parental negligence - such cases should be dealt with by specialists. But even small mistakes and inattention by parents have a huge influence on a child's development and his or her future life. It is very difficult to believe in other people when your own parents have hurt you, even if they don't want to.
Accept your imperfection.
The next time you fail (failed an exam, did not get a driver's license, could not keep a situation or a conflict under control), remember: it is only because you are acting within your current abilities. But it's within your power to improve them.
Over time, we become less flexible, take more responsibility, and speak our minds more often on a variety of issues. For a while, stop controlling everything and try to imagine yourself as a river stream. Flow where you can, where you can find a way out. Hide your thorns and be tolerant of other people's opinions. Don't interfere in what's going on. Stop giving orders. Listen more. When someone speaks out in your presence, respond, "That didn't occur to me. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll think about it."