Walk outside and listen to the snow crunch under your shoes. Just focus on your feet, the sound and the air.
Exercise of any sort can ease depression and anxiety by forcing your brain to release feel-good chemicals like endorphins.
Watch reruns of Gilligan’s Island, I love Lucy or any sitcom that makes you laugh. A good laugh is said to lower cortisol (your bodies stress hormone).
Crank up the tunes. Line up some music you know the words to and sing like no one is listening. Shout it out. It feels so good!
This one is going to hurt…turn off the phone and stay away from social media – even just for the evening. That dang binging of texts! Why do we let it control us?
If you don’t feel better. If the stress is unmanageable and it's causing you to lose sleep, friends and control and dark thoughts linger too long - seek help. Talk to trustworthy friends or talk to professionals.
In B.C. call the Mental Health Support Line from anywhere in the province 310-6789 or www.cmha.bc.ca
In Alberta call the Mental Health Support Line from anywhere in the province toll free 1-877-303-2642 or www.albertahealthservices.ca
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