But easy? Not so much. When we’re not deciphering the meaning of texts, we’re dealing with all the emotional baggage that comes with relationships old and new. So how do we keep these feelings from overwhelming us? This month’s challenge kicks off with a few simple ways to stay on track.
Banish The Idea Of “The One”
We know this sounds like a “duh” suggestion, but hear us out. Changing your perception changes the game. “I think at the core of any difficulty — whether it’s with a coworker, a family member, or a lover — it’s about reframing negative to positive,” says Mandel. Take a step back to reevaluate the situation that hurt. Is it worth an argument? Is it worth reliving over and over again? It takes so much energy to stay angry, so try shifting your focus to positive experiences instead. There might be a way to fix whatever disagreement is going on, or it might be a sign that a relationship just isn’t working. Either way, adapting your thinking will only bring clarity.
Unplug Once A Day
Living in a world of constant notifications is not conducive to relaxation. And we promise you won’t miss much by unplugging for at least an hour a day. Mandel suggests creating a “technology-free zone” at home, like in the bedroom. Relax — your Likes will be there in the morning. You should never feel guilty about devoting time to your personal life, says Darby Saxbe, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern California.
Find Time For Hobbies
If you’re busy in your real life, you’ll easily forget the distractions in your virtual life. Take an art class, learn a new language, or hit the barre (or bar). Once you get into a routine, you won’t even notice that that your phone is nowhere in sight. Plus, you’ll have built-in time to socialize with friends new or old.
Connect With Friends & Family
One of the best ways to feel less isolated is through human interaction. We’re talking about face-to-face activity. “Physically connect with people who make you happy,” says our very own, board-certified dermatologist and author of Conquering Cultural Stress, Howard Murad.
Week 3: Kill It At Work
Take Care Of The Skin, Body, Mind, & Soul
To remedy the physical and mental effects of work stress, do things that are good for your well-being as a whole. For starters, deal with those pesky breakouts that pop out of nowhere in times like these. Using a multi-step regimen, like Murad’s Acne Control System, can help minimize the breakouts and prevent new ones. Also exercise, meditate, or find downtime to unwind to take care of your mental state. When you look and feel healthy, you have better control on how stress affects your life.
Find A Mentor
Try Out New Tasks & Projects
With every job, there will be tasks you like and tasks you don’t — that’s life. When you figure out the aspects of your work you enjoy the most, ask your higher-ups to take on similar projects in the future. “You can create your niche at work and become an expert by honing in,” says Mandel. Specializing your skills could even lead to a promotion further down the line.