5 Ways to Stay Sane This Year

 Woman relaxing next to steel railing

We are in the midst of chaos. The notion that “the world is burning” in no longer figurative, there’s division in our country- our world- that’s seemingly beyond repair., and there you are, just trying to get through the day.


It isn’t hopeless, though. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Perhaps it sounds cliché, but be honest with yourself: are you that change? When you’re constantly clawing at sanity, it’s difficult to take anything beyond into account. How can we flourish if we’re barely surviving?


The good news is: rock bottom is the best place to rebuild. Here are 5 ways to overcome a state of struggle so you can live a happier, healthier life; and hopefully inspire others to do the same.


Let Go: In order to truly move forward, you must give up some things, big and small. It might be counterintuitive, but it’s time to get really honest with yourself about what you can do without. Whether it’s a relationship, work conditions or bad habits, don’t let your comfort-zone keep you in an unhappy place.


Reestablish Values: Letting go of what no longer serves you leaves room to reestablish your values. I’m talking core values. Making time for family, friends… the things that feed you. As tough as it is to say goodbye to unhealthy attachments, focusing on the positive behaviors, activities, etc., will replace the fear and loss with excitement new possibility.


Focus On One Thing At A Time: As tempting as it might be to take on the entire world at once, start by zeroing in on one new habit at a time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in achieving this; having external motivation (or an accountability person) from friends, family or even a therapist can make all the difference. Accomplishing little goals will help you build confidence, so you can conquer the world at a later date.


Be Good: Yes, it’s that simple. Being good (kind to others, environmentally conscious, and generally altruistic) helps build your self-esteem. Being kind to others helps you feel good about yourself too. Plus it’s contagious, and more likely than not your act of kindness will be passed on.


Journal: Things get muddled when they stay in your head; emotions, goals, stories, thoughts in general. When you bring your stainless steel mechanical pencil to the page, your brain processes things in a brand new way, allowing your thoughts to flow through you rather than remain bottled up. If you’re someone who often feels overwhelmed, getting your thoughts out of your head and onto the page will feel like a weight lifted off your shoulders, leaving you capable of taking on whatever comes next, and then some.