My anxiety and depression tend to flair up when I cannot figure out what I am doing with my life. This is usually when I lose sight of my goals or feel as though I’m hindered from accomplishing them. I began using different tactics to ensure that this happens less. For this Monday’s motivation, here is a list of some things you can do if you suffer from this type of anxiety and depression.
1. Goal Setting
I found that setting goals helped with my anxiety and depression. When you check something off a list, your brain increases dopamine levels making you happier. I started off by making my big goals for the year, and then I broke those goals down into to-do lists. Once I got the to-do list, then I assigned myself tasks to get those things done. Before I knew it, I kicked my depression to the curb and was offered the job I wanted! I started this blog and I’m on track to travel the world. I say it’s working.
2. Keep a Journal
I believe writing things down make them more real and attainable. So all those goals that you set, put them on paper! I found a method called bullet journaling. It’s like a planner and a journal combined. I write everything from books I want to read to daily to-do lists inside. Here’s a link to my Pinterest board where you can learn more about this system.
3. Track Your Gratitude
I track my gratitude in my bullet journal by drawing little pictures and writing phrases to remind myself of what I am thankful for that day. I think that the more you show appreciation for what you have in your life, the more things you are blessed with to be grateful for. It’s kind of hard to feel down when you’re constantly thinking of all that there is to be thankful for. You don’t necessarily have to write them down, but at least take time out of your day to reflect.
4. Track Your Habits
There are things that I wished I did daily that could better my life condition, but I’d often forget. I started to keep track of them to make sure they got done. I still forget to refer to my list, but I do much better than before I had it. Here are some examples of habit trackers.
5. Read (Because Knowledge is Power)
I find that reading helps take the stress of the day away. For that period of time, you can escape from reality if you’re reading fiction. When reading non-fiction, I end up gaining knowledge from other’s experiences and many of them have grown through similar circumstances. Check out my summer read list with books like The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck and You Are a Badass. Both have useful information on transforming your current situation into a life you desire.
I hope this list has been helpful and I wish you all a happy and healthy Monday. Remember: “A sense of direction is a beautiful blessing.”