Topshop outfit, Ray-Ban sunglasses
Do you ever have those weeks where you feel like you just can’t quite figure things out? I have days (and occasional weeks) where everything just seems a whole lot harder than it would be if I was feeling 100%! I took off this weekend and Monday to spend time off of my cell phone and live in the moment with my boyfriend, who was visiting me from California. When I have days where I’m not on my phone as much, I find myself getting distracted: the good kind of distracted. I actually pay attention to palm trees, and beautiful ocean water, and what people are saying to me. I have times where most of a conversation I have with someone is done while we’re both on our phone screens, and that’s not healthy. After I went to church last week, my perspective on minor things has definitely changed, for the better, because I can easily get so caught up with little things in life. You have to keep yourself focused on the bigger picture at all times.
What are some tips I have for navigating days where you just don’t feel that mentally present? Use these mental health apps to help you get back in the moment. Focus on your breathing instead of everything going on around you! Or, skip the apps altogether and go for a walk or a hike. If you live on the East Coast, you might not be able to hike Runyon Canyon and get some fresh air, so head to the gym or your local YMCA. Talk to people! Everyone has a story, and if you think yours is giving you major stress, the person next to you in line at the grocery store might be having an even worse day. When I was at my local grocery store yesterday, I was pretty upset about something and ended up walking by a guy talking on the phone telling someone how things always get better. Sometimes you need to walk by a stranger at the store and hear them tell someone that things don’t look grey for long.