10 Housework Hacks for the Unmotivated

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When dealing with anxiety or depression, house cleaning and upkeep is the last thing we want to do. However, a clean house is good for our mood so it’s a constant battle.  Lately I have been trying a few new tricks to get er done.

 

Daily Tidying Hacks https://mental-health-in-mind.com/10-housework-hacks-for-the-unmotivated/

 

I spend 5 minutes cleaning each room. It’s amazing how much you can actually get done in five minutes! I even time myself for that extra push.

Tip: If you cannot bring yourself to do ANY housework, just starting cleaning for two minutes only. If after two minutes you want to stop, stop.  The hardest part is getting started!

I not only have a hamper for my dirty clothes, I have a hamper for my clean clothes! I am horrible for trying on multiple clothing items and then tossing them! Lately, instead of leaving them crumpled on the dirty floor, I put them in my designated clean hamper and then I put them away on the weekend when I have more time. This is great because it keeps my room somewhat clean and I don’t feel overwhelmed with putting everything away.

Do a load of laundry every day. I really hate when I have to do so much laundry on the weekend. Doing small loads every day is the way to go.

Just tidy up garbage and leftover food.  When I’m really not into cleaning I make sure I throw away garbage and put away/discard food.

Wipe down kitchen and bathroom surfaces with disinfectant wipes. I don’t always want to do a full kitchen and bathroom clean every day. Instead, I just wipe down bathroom and kitchen surfaces with a disinfectant wipe. It freshens everything up and then you can do a bigger clean when you have more time.

 

Weekly Tidying Hacks

Vacuum/mop on days you are off work. I tend to vacuum every week and mop every other week. If I really don’t want to vacuum I just do my entry way, kitchen and living room.

Do a full kitchen clean/organization once a week.

Do bathrooms once a week.

Tidy up recyclables once a week.

 

 

Every 3 months tidying hacks https://mental-health-in-mind.com/10-housework-hacks-for-the-unmotivated/

 

Reorganize! Every three months I will pick one room to reorganize. Things get messy after a few months and doing this cleanup really helps my mental state. My mom will often help me with these tasks as she is the organizing queen! If you don’t have anyone to help, check out Pinterest for organization hacks. It’s so satisfying!

 

I hope you find these tips helpful! It takes time to find what works for us as everyone is different! Don’t feel like you have to follow the status quo. Everyone functions at their own pace. Be kind to yourself first and the rest will fall into place.

3 Tips for Combating Restlessness

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Lately I’ve been feeling restless. My mind is constantly reminding me of all the things I need to be doing, and I’ve barely had a moment to relax. I’ve now gone from laziness to extreme productivity. Why is it all or nothing with me!? I suppose that happens when you have mental illness, however it is another bad habit creeping in. So in the past week I have worked on finding a balance and so far I have seen results!

Here is what I did to combat restlessness:

  1. Time Management

First I decided I needed to divide my time appropriately instead of focusing on just work. I struggle with this because I’m a bit of a free spirit. I cannot schedule my day down to the minute, ever. So I looked to find a time management method that works for me. I found a great article that lists 12 different ways you can structure your day: https://www.themuse.com/advice/12-better-ways-to-structure-your-workday-for-maximum-productivity

The one that resonated with me was a schedule that would help me achieve peak creative performance by Amber Rae, creator of The World We Want.

She is a creative type, like me, who found hour-by-hour schedules unproductive. So she developed a framework called Work, Play, Fit, Push that would allow her to get stuff done, take care of herself and get outside of her comfort zone. I have adopted this framework for my own life and it has been great!

I made my own Work, Play, Fit, Push planner for each day which I have to say are pretty cute!

Peak Creative Performance Worksheet https://www.mental-health-in-mind.com/

Half the battle is learning what works for you. We all learn and do things differently, so take the time to figure yourself out!

  1. Unplug

I found I was doing way too much screen time. Putting my phone, computer and TV away for a couple hours before bed helped me unwind and I was able to sleep better. It’s hard to do at times but it’s very effective.

  1. Nature walk

Listening to music and going for a walk at the park is always so refreshing. It gets my ideas going but allows me to relax before I take action.

Don’t forget to take time for you! Even if you are feeling happy about your work you can still get burnt out. Take a day to relax and get away from what you need to do. Balance is key!

10 Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Anger and Depression

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If you have ever experienced mental illness, I’m sure you know very well how it feels when you have an emotional breakdown. Depression, anxiety, rage – no matter what it is, these emotions can be triggered at a moment’s notice. We get overwhelmed and these feelings take over our body and soul which can lead to destructive or impulsive behavior. It SUCKS.

What has helped me overcome such breakdowns is having coping techniques ready to go so I can avoid destructive behavior and feel BETTER.

My toolkit has been my saving grace, so I thought I would share my coping strategy toolkit.

The following items/strategies in my toolkit are things I have at the ready so when emotions take over I can find quick healthy relief. I do these things in order:

 

  1. JournalI have a journal in my toolkit so I can write down every thought and feeling I’m having. Getting it down on paper really helps to calm me down.

 

  1. Read Gratitude ListI read my already completed gratitude list. I also add to it in that moment if I want to.

 

  1. One Comfort Food Snack

 

(Mine is chocolate). Only put in one snack because binge eating is a destructive behavior. Everything in moderation.

 

  1. Read Serenity Prayer

This is a must have in my cope kit. You don’t even have to be religious for it to ring true in your life.

Here is the Serenity Prayer:

Grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

  1. Read/make a goals/dreams/bucket list.

This makes me excited about my life and reminds me that good things are coming. Remember, problems aren’t stop signs they are guidelines.

  1. Watch a funny video.I always watch the Chewbacca Mom video. It makes me laugh!

    Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3yRv5Jg5TI

 

  1. Aromatherapy

 

I used an aromatherapy diffuser to relax. I recommend lavender or mint scents!

 

  1. Favorite music playlist

 

I have my playlist ready to go when tough times hit.

 

  1. Tea

Just like Sheldon Cooper, I too like a hot beverage when I am in distress. Try it!

  1. Go for a walk/drive

Going for a walk or drive to clear my head always makes me feel better. I usually have sneakers available so I can put them on and go right away.

 

I hope you will find these coping strategies helpful! If anyone has any other coping strategies please feel free to comment!