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    6 Ways to Stay Sane in an Unstable World

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

    6 Ways to Stay Sane in an Unstable World


    The world is demented right now. No question about it. A global pandemic combined with isolation can cause even the calmest person to stress out and feel stir-crazy. Below are six easy ideas to help you stay sane during this crazy time.  


    1.  Dress up

    There’s a lot of truth behind the saying “look good, feel good.”

    Mood and clothing are interconnected, according to Carolyn Mair, a behavioral psychologist and the author of “The Psychology of Fashion.”


    It’s time to change out of those pajamas and sweatpants, put on something fun, and try new looks that you've been curious about. It's also a great time to get creative- how about designing your own t-shirts, trying new bold makeup, hairstyles, and kitchen skincare?!  A lemon and sugar scrub works miracles; turning dry dull skin into luminous and smooth skin.  Home is a non-judgmental space. 


    2. Leave the house


    There is immense value in getting outdoors


    11 Scientific Benefits of Being Outdoors



    Favorite trail closed? Not sure where to go? Think of your front door your personal trailhead, and let your feet do the rest.



    3.         Schedule Solitude

    Sometimes you just need to be alone to give yourself room to think. Try taking turns with a family member to watch the kids and do something by yourself. You could go for a hike, sit out in the garden with a book, or run errands that have been on your to-do list for the last month. 



    4.        Order out

    On really stressful days, don’t even bother with cooking. Order a meal out for you and your family and leave the guilt behind. The occasional pizza or burger order will give you one less thing to do around the house, and the tasty food will be a comfort. 


    5.         Start a journal

    Writing is an incredibly cathartic activity. Use a daily journal to record all of your thoughts and feelings while also reflecting on things you’re grateful for.  Writing down your frustrations will relieve anxiety and self guilt. Journaling taps into  the subconscious and reminds us of all the good things about life.  “ In 2002, Pennebaker and Joshua Smyth of Syracuse University reported that writingabout emotions and stress boosted the immune systems of patients with chronic disease. Journaling has been shown to be associated with drops in depression, anxiety, and increases in positive mood, social engagement, and quality of close relationships.”



    6.        Stop borrowing trouble and Pray

    Stop borrowing trouble is a reminder not to worry needlessly about things you can’t control. During times of uncertainty, it’s easy to imagine the worst.  Instead, go within meditate and pray. Now is a wonderful time to get closer to your creator. I can't stress this enough. Seek and you will get answers. 


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