We’re guessing you need it after 2016.
Remove apps from your phone that might be stressing you out.
Seriously. I asked my coworkers at BuzzFeed for one thing they did this year that actually improved their mental health, and about half of them said removing Twitter and Facebook from their phones. Twitter and Facebook might not be your happiness-suck, but chances are, there's an app that is doing you more harm than good. Try going without it for awhile and see how you feel.
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Give a name to your negative thoughts and then call them out on their bullshit.
The more you try to ignore negative thoughts, the more power they have over you — and the truer they feel. “Sadly, many people make the mistake of believing the negative things that their ‘inner voice’ tells them, often without even being aware of their right to question whether these things are accurate," Simon Rego, Psy.D., told BuzzFeed Health. "Catch, challenge, and change negative thoughts.”
And, honestly, treating that voice like a particularly annoying backseat driver or someone whose opinion you don't respect at all can really help with that.
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Develop a morning routine that will set the mood for the whole day.
It'll look different for everyone, but find a routine that will center you and put you in a good mood before you have to face the day. Think: Exercising, meditating, writing out your to-do list, thinking about the things you're grateful for, even just taking time to actually eat breakfast, have your coffee, and listen to your favorite podcast.
These ways to make your mornings infinitely better might be a great place to start. Oh, and make your bed, because it will work miracles on your life.
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And while you're at it, develop a before-bed routine, too.
Wash your face. Make some tea. Unplug and read. Do one of these before-bed activities that don't involve watching Netflix. Anything that you can do to unwind and put a positive cap on the day can help your headspace A LOT.
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