Emilie’s tips to maintaining or gaining a healthy mind set:
1. Watch loads of adventure time. Yes, it’s a show aimed for kids but the friendship between jake and Finn is unreal, it’ll remind you about the important things and remind you of so many important lift lessons that we forgot on the way to being an “adult”.
2. Open the windows and doors up in your house! I cannot express how important fresh air and sunlight are to your mental health!!!! Opening up the doors and even just opening up the blinds/curtains and letting some sunlight in can increase your mood like you wouldn’t believe. It’s amazing what a bit of natural light can do!
3. Go down to your local park and hang out with the ducks. Or any animals tbh. Being around these guys makes me feel like I’m on cloud 9. They’re so happy to interact with you and will listen to your rants without judging you. Animals are amazing!
4. Set yourself a limit of $10 and see what cool things you can buy. This night sound silly and dumb but buying yourself something completely useless and cute can make you feel better. And setting a budget to do so can be even more fun. You can find the coolest things for cheap (if you’re not up to leaving the house and being around other people ~urgh~ go shop online!) HINT: op shops, thrift stores and garage sales are a must!
5. Buy yourself some flowers (or borrow some from your neighbours garden!). Fresh flowers can really brighten your house/room up and buying them for yourself is way cooler than getting them given to you. Self love and self care are amazing.
6. Go to the library!!!! Sometimes the effort itself can be really hard but I promise you it’s worth it. Our brains are always hungry to learn more. Pick a subject you’re interested in learning it (eg at the moment I’m really keen to learn more about Native American culture and women in Russian history) and search through the book shelves. Grab yourself a story, something to study or even some just to flick through. Reading is a great distraction from any emotional troubles you’re going through (and again if you’re not up for leaving the house - use the internet. It’s so fucking resourceful).
7. Bake/cook/create! One of my favourite things to do in the kitchen at the moment is browse through the things I have in the pantry and fridge, think about the things you have and google recipes with the ingredients you have. It’s a chance to learn something new and cooking is always such a promising skill to have.
8. Watch something you’ve never watched before. Whenever I’m struggling with an anxiety attack I put on an episode of law & order I’ve never seen before and I am totally distracted for the next hour. It settled me and I get so involved in the story that I end up being so relaxed that I’m ready for bed.
9. Light a candle and have a bath. Never underestimate the power of a bath. Epsom salt and lavender oil is ideal for a relaxing bath. I know we hated them as kids but we’re adults now and anything that’ll put us in a sedated like state (without the drugs) is A+ in my books.
10. Yoga. I cannot express how amazing yoga is, I feel like it saved my life. I don’t have a lot of time to exercise (I barely get time to myself) so I try to swap my morning cigarettes for my morning yoga. Starting out the morning like this has improved my energy and mood stability rapidly.
Try and do a couple of these things a day and you’ll see a huge difference.
Also some other things I didn’t add to the list: after dark walks in your street (or anywhere you feel comfortable enough to walk late at night). I like to take scissors for obvious protection but ALSO to get cuttings from my neighbours plants and nick some of their flowers (whoops). Peppermint tea is very calming and tastes great, start off your morning with some pep tea and yoga and you’re set.
❤️put on some make up and take some extra cute selfies to show off to the internet, do whatever makes you feel good aka bright blush, glitter and bold lips ❤️