Stay focused on the present moment.
"If we can learn to recognize the clutter that our mind is in and learn to be more mindful of the present moment, that can be a tremendous asset to our overall sense of well-being," Rakel says. The "clutter" that can make you feel bad includes regret about the past and worry that bad things might happen to you.
A practice called mindfulness can help you reduce the clutter by keeping your focus on the present moment. To be more mindful, try to:
- Take in the colors, sounds, and smells that surround you at any given time.
- Pay attention to your breath moving in and out of your body for a few moments.
- Let worrisome thoughts flow out of your mind when they pop up, rather than giving them attention and dwelling on them.
Try to stay positive.
The same event can happen to two people, and one views it as a positive and one views it as a negative. So try to see the good side of the things and people around you; it can help you stay free of anxiety and depression, Rakel says.
Make a spiritual connection.
Rakel defines this as spending time on "that which gives your life meaning and purpose."This could be your religious beliefs, enjoying nature, or sharing moments with loved ones. "If we get up in the morning excited about something that gives us meaning and self-purpose, our bodies do all they can to heal," he says.
Be around people.
Having a good support network of family, friends, coworkers, and other people who care about you can help you stay healthier, feel less stressed, and even live a longer life. Spend time with these people regularly, and work to keep your relationships with them strong.