As someone who has always struggled with mental health issues, I am always looking for ways to reduce stress and anxiety in my life. Having started out with working out 3 times I week and being around people. lately I have found that I need something else to add to my arsenal of tricks. Something to help get my mind off the bad and focus on the good. One such thing is doing things for others.
Whilst life can often get hectic and overwhelming very fast. I have found that it is important for me to focus on other people. This can either be people close to me, or complete strangers. If I am pressed for time the easiest thing to do is to focus on my immediate friends and group of people around me. This means surprising my friends with home made treats. Or even making my husband one of his favourite meals. Sometimes, its something as simple as calling a friend and asking them how they are doing.
I have found that these little gestures not only remind me to be compassionate and stop always looking inside. But they also have the added benefit of making someone else feel good. Which in turn makes me feel good too.
When I have time on weekends I also like to try volunteer at a shelter or a second hand shop. Its crazy how many people and places just need hands to do stuff. Whether its lifting boxes or helping to feed children. These types of monthly exercises are a great way to get put of your own head and see what is going on around. Which, sadly is often worse than what you are going through. So whether you have 10 minutes or 2 hours, its important to take time to do things for others. This not only makes the world a better place, but it also makes you happier.