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Mental Health: How To Get Your Mind Out Of A Dark Place

4 Ways You Can Improve Your Mental Health Today

Seek out positive messages 

  • Spend time reading, watching or listening to things that inspire you and give you hope. Don’t settle for fluffy messages though. Keep an eye out for positive but realistic Fluffy messages might make you feel good in the moment, but they’re not your friend in the long-run. They can lead you down the wrong path.

Give yourself an outlet

  • Write down your thoughts in a journal. Actually, you don’t even need a journal. You can just grab a piece of paper and write down everything you’re thinking. Then rip it up and throw it in the garbage. At least you’re getting your thoughts out in the open where you can see them. This makes it easier to let them go. Ripping the paper up and throwing it in the garbage is also a way of letting go.
  • Have a candid conversation with someone you trust.
  • Do work that’s import to you. Even if you can only do it on the side. Get involved in something that’s important to you or create something that’s important to you. There are more opportunities to do this now than ever before.
  • The term “workout” is a good metaphor, because exercise really does help you work some things out of your body and out of your mind. It’s a de-stressor and can help provide better clarity of mind. As long as you’re not over-training. Over-training can cause increased anxiety, and injuries that may never go away. Moderation is important.
  • Although it’s counter-intuitive when I struggle with depression I push myself to give to others. Find the crossroads between what you’re best at and what will be most rewarding, not only to you, but to other people. We should be doing things that will make the world a better place and avoiding things that don’t. We usually think about what’s best for ourselves but fail to look at the impact we may be having on other people. We often don’t realize that serving the needs of the world, rather than merely our own, is usually what’s best for us. Volunteer at a shelter, become part of the boys & girls club, whatever you feel your heart pulled towards – do that.

Give your concerns to God

  • Be thankful for what you have, every day.
  • Be mindful of your thoughts. Observe them, and let them go, trusting that God will work things out for you.

Focus on your breathing

  • Look up  and focus on your breathing. Take notice of your in-breaths and out-breaths. This will help you stop thinking so much. It gets you out of your head and centered in the present moment, reconnected to your body and what’s going on around you.


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Selene Kinder

Selene Kinder

Founder of Empowering Women Now
Selene is the founder of Empowering Women Now, a platform that empowers women to live authentically as themselves. She firmly believes that women have the power to shift culture, eradicate unjust standards and ultimately change the world. When she's not working, she is most likely sipping on a cup of local coffee, walking her dog, or taking a pilates class. Connect with Selene over on her Instagram!


  1. I love your simple approach. I read and think to myself…”see that wasn’t so hard” and instantly feel better..💝

  2. She’s back!!! Also something I’d like to add for anyone that suffers from a lot of gloomy days, go outside. God has built this beautiful earth for our pleasure, you’d be shocked at how great you feel when you’re in nature, whatever that means for you. If your a beach person visit a beach near you, if you love lush greens plan a trip with some close friends to Big Sur or a National Park in your area. This is something psychologists have been prescribing people for years now. We are the indoor generation and it’s making everyone depresssed and disconnected.

  3. I loved the part where you mention that our identity must be rooted in GOD and our vision through JESUS CHRIST, certainly when we develop a close relationship with our creator, we learn about our true value as a woman and we come to terms about our real nature, being jewels that only a perfect FATHER in heaven can create and take care of, GOD bless you a lot. 😉

    1. Jennifer, thank you so much for your sweet comment. You won’t believe how nervous I get when I publish a blog that talks about my beliefs. I find it so comforting that women like yourself take the time to comment on how you enjoyed it. It gives me the courage to continue doing what I am doing. Rivers of blessings.

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