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Your mental health is a crucial aspect of your overall health and one that many don’t fully understand. Taking care of your mental health can be an uphill battle at times. Other times, it may be much easier to manage. This is because life goes on and we are always going to have to adapt. That said, knowing how to adapt to your change in stimuli or environment is a very important part of caring for your mental health. You should have strategies for all kinds of scenarios in order to best prepare yourself for challenges.

Here we will discuss some helpful strategies you can use to help you manage whatever life throws at you.

Stay Organized

One of the best things you can do for yourself to avoid becoming overwhelmed is to stay organized. This will help you feel more prepared and confident in almost any situation. So long as you have everything you need and know how to efficiently find it when necessary, you will eliminate a great deal of stress. This is especially true when it comes to the workplace.

However, it can be true within your home as well. For example, 57% of women believe that a closet that’s organized makes it easier and quicker to find what they need. Part of the efficiency of organizing is that you do it yourself. Therefore, you know where you put everything because you yourself placed it there. This can help you feel better when the time comes to find something. As a result, there’s less stress. Consider how you would feel in a time-sensitive situation if you didn’t organize your things and couldn’t find what you needed. For this reason, organizing can be a useful mental health strategy.

Breathing Exercises

When in the moment of an overwhelming situation, one of the best ways to care for your mental health is to practice breathing exercises. Doing breathing exercises will help ground you and allow yourself to calm down a bit. Lowering the heart rate by creating a steady rhythm with your breathing will help your brain and body slow down and align again. There are lots of different breathing techniques you can try. Find one that works best for you and incorporate it into your lifestyle so that you have practiced it when a stressful time comes around.

Treat Yourself

One of the best ways to decompress after becoming overwhelmed, which is going to happen on occasion despite your best efforts to avoid it, is by treating yourself. You managed to get through something difficult and now it’s time to reward yourself for that. Treating yourself can be displayed in a myriad of ways. Ultimately, it comes down to you.

For example, how stressful was the event you just faced? This may determine the level of splurging you indulge in. How do you feel most rewarded? This may determine what it is you do that you splurge on. For example, you may want to cheat on your diet a bit and eat something you typically avoid. Or maybe you’re usually more frugal with your money but need to treat yourself to something nice. This year, Americans spent $1.9 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day flowers, so maybe buying yourself some flowers is the pick-me-up you need. Perhaps you’re more into jewelry. If you’re really looking to treat yourself after a super stressful situation, consider the number one hardest natural substance on the planet: diamonds. Treating yourself should be relative to whatever overwhelming event took place, so if you just did something really difficult, treat yourself accordingly.

This year has been stressful for people across the country and next year may shape up to be the same. By using these strategies to manage your stress, you can take care of your mental health and overall wellbeing as we head into 2021.