Home improvement projects to calm your mind.

Lynne M. Centeno

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Spending time at home leads to noticing all the things you want to change. And maybe you should switch some things up: Did you know pursuing a mini-makeover can actually benefit your mental health? “A great way to manage stress when life is uncertain and scary is to take on a new project,” says Jennifer Hochman, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in treating anxiety disorders. “It allows us to create new goals to focus on and gives us a feeling of accomplishment when tasks are complete.”

Especially if you have a lot of time on your hands, zeroing in on a task can re-energize you. “It gives you a sense of purpose for your day,”

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