How can you start feeling different right now?
I love Pinterest. I use it for all sorts of things—I have boards for things like vacations and my beautiful, some-day house of the future.
I also use it to keep a board of things that make me smile.
I do this because I love things that make me laugh, but also because sometimes I really need those things. When I’m feeling low, something as simple as getting on Pinterest and looking through things I’ve found funny can make a big difference. That’s why I’m writing about it here as a tool in the toolkit for changing how you feel.
My personal guidelines for this are pretty simple:
I only include things on my “Smile” board on Pinterest that really, physically make me smile
I actually have to go back and look at what I’ve saved when I’m feeling crappy
When it comes to mental health, not everything we do has to be big or complicated. Keeping a Pinterest board of things that make you smile is not big or complicated. Still, I think this a) really can be helpful, but also b) is a great example of how intention matters when it comes to your mental health.
When you have a condition like depression or anxiety, it can feel like your emotions are totally outside of your control (I know I’ve felt that way). And while it might be true to a certain extent, you are never totally helpless. Even when things are really bad, you can take steps to fight it. Even just little things can help make a difference—and sometimes, when you’re in that place, that’s all you’re up for anyway. Like I said, I think a lot of it is simply the intention that matters. Intention, and purposeful action. Being intentional can also include taking steps when you’re feeling better to prepare for when you’re not—like assembling things that can make you smile now so that you have them for when you’re feeling down.
Even though something like making a Pinterest board of things that make you smile or laugh is a really small thing, it’s lots of little things that add up to make a difference with mood. So why not try it out?