I think we can all agree 2020 is now a verb — a very, very vile verb. The prolonged bouts of stress, anxiety, and depression we’ve endured is astounding. Can you imagine how many studies will be done on the psychological effects the events of 2020 had on our psyche? Psychologists predict it could take years for some of us to emotionally recover. But we can begin to cultivate more positivity in our lives by simply applying 3 Steps to Well-being.

Let it go. Change the channel. Turn it off. Unsubscribe. Unfriend. Unfollow. Mute. Block. Walk away. Breathe.

-The Minimalists

3 Steps to Well-Being

Step 1 | Limit the News

We aren’t designed for a continuous 24/7 overload of news, which is often bad. Negative programming manipulates our brains. As a result, it causes us to feel despair, hopelessness, and anger. Psychologists explain our well-being depends on limiting our exposure to no more than thirty minutes of news programming per day.

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Step 2 | Curb the Scrolling

Studies have shown social media actually turns-off our brains. Throw into the mix some misinformation and it parlays our subconscious into heightened anxiety. We need to learn how to use social media mindfully. Limiting our exposure to thirty minutes a day can help curb our negative thoughts and free-up time for face-to-face encounters, increasing closeness with those we love.

Add melatonin

Step 3 | Soak Up Some Melatonin

You’ve probably heard of melatonin pills/capsules. But, are you familiar with natural melatonin? It’s the hormone responsible for regulating our sleep-wake cycle. A study at Stanford found our bodies can actually create additional melatonin by activating our brain’s pineal gland. All we have to do is look towards the sun, with our eyes closed, for a minimum of three minutes per day. The sunlight penetrates our eyelids, releasing neurotransmitters that balance our brain chemistry. No supplements needed.

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the flow-down

Stressful times call for heightened self-care. I believe 2020 morphed into a massive value check. We learned what we really need and what we can live without. We’re also learning that where our positive focus goes, our positive energy flows.

I hope each of the feel-good nuggets I share nudges you to manifest a more casual, creative, and mindful life. Don’t forget to subscribe below as I add new inspiration often. Thanks for reading, y’all. I’m crazy-happy you’re here.

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