The idea of Activity Scheduling, is to, well, schedule activities for yourself. You want to find a handful of positive activities that you enjoy doing. You cannot overlook yourself when you start looking at the world through positive eyes. It is a fairly simple concept, and one often looked over. The best and easiest way to tackle it is to sit down and think about the things which bring you joy. Do you like writing? Is reading your thing? How about video games? It does not really matter what you go with, so long as it’s a positive strategy for “getting away” from everything. Try to schedule a forty-minute period every day where you engage in this activity.
If you are thinking of what you could do and falling short of anything, I am going to list a few ideas. These are some of the best ways to engage yourself, whether it be physically or mentally. - Yoga: An ancient form of meditation and spiritual connection, Yoga is commonly an area of interest for those struggling with mental illness. On top of the spiritual aspect, it is also a great method of exercise. The practice of yoga varies from person to person. Some people like to immerse themselves in the spiritual side of yoga. Others choose to use it as an easy way to exercise. Setting aside 45 minutes a day for a session boosts your endorphins and helps you stay mentally clear.
- Jogging: Of course, there is good, old jogging. This is one of the most basic forms of exercise that you can engage in. It is well documented that exercise is one of the best forms of treatment. You can think of it as a magical cure-all.
While for some, it will not alleviate all of their symptoms, it will still help to regulate many of the centers in your brain. Our physiology was made to have regular exercise. When we are sedentary, it has a major negative impact on our mental health.
- Baking: While this may seem like a strange one, it is highly relaxing for a lot of people! Baking healthy muffins, or other goods, can be a great way to give thanks to loved ones. It will also keep your brain working as you put together and measure out ingredients. Of course, the main plus of this activity is the delicious result at the end of it.
This may not be the positive activity you engage in daily, but once or twice a week, it can be fun. Just make sure you aren’t always eating the result of your baking- packing on pounds could prove easy if you go down this route!
- Crosswords: Ah, yes! This is not just a pastime for old folks at a retirement home. This is also a great way to exercise your brain and pass a little time. Here's one for you - can you think of an 8 lettered word that can be made from the anagram seo leeds? If you commute by public transit, you can spend that time doing a few puzzles.
You should always engage in activities that help you cultivate more connections in your brain. This helps you stay coherent and sane as you age. It is proven through multiple studies to stave off the effects of Alzheimer’s, for example.
- Video Games: It is not recommended that you spend too much time in front of the screen. However, there is a lot of research that suggests playing video games is not that bad for you. As long as you limit your consumption, it can be beneficial mentally.
This is because of the way your brain has to work to solve puzzles, figure out your strategy, and more. Video game addiction is very real, but if you do not have an addictive personality, you are probably fine to indulge. A re you having trouble sticking to your schedule? Or are you engaging in activities you enjoy? Unfortunately, one of the main components of depression, and many other illnesses is a lack of interest in things you used to love. Forcing yourself to commit to something and see it through to completion proves endlessly difficult.