1) Express yourself
“Express emotions when you feel it.” If you allow yourself to feel what you are experiencing, you will be able to work out those emotions rather than bottle them up. When you bottle them up, they just become more dangerous and eventually can be damaging. “Describing your emotion in just a few words… calms you, reducing feelings of fear and anger.” This allows you to get out what you are feeling rather than letting it build up inside of you like water behind a dam – just waiting to break open.
2) Don’t leave yourself hanging
You don’t have to be perfect but you do have to make decisions. “Making a ’good enough’ decision stimulates a part of your brain that makes you feel more in control. So just pick!” Rather than debating an endless battle between perfectionism and nothing – just decide what to do so you can do it. Indecision breeds negativity and unhappiness. It is what leads you to feeling overwhelmed. Make decisions and be in control. They don’t have to be perfect, they just have to happen.
3) Help out others
When you help others, you feel better about yourself and your own life. When you’re feeling down, realize that helping others could be the cure to helping yourself. “Shawn Achor, happiness researcher and bestselling author… [discovered] that the people who survive stress the best are the ones who ’increase their social investments in the middle of stress, which is the opposite of what most of us do.’” Take a few moments to help out a friend in need. It’ll help get your mind off of your stress long enough to give your mind a real mental break and help you to see what is truly important in your own life.