Updated: Jun 28, 2020
Sometimes self-care and sanity can feel like a full-time job. Here are six easy ways to stay balances in body, mind, and spirit.
Right now maintaining our mental health can feel like a full-time job. The uncertainty of when the world will return to some kind of normal, mixed with the realities of daily life (like getting work done, maintaining relationships, taking care of our bodies) can really do a number on our mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I am here as a resource if anyone is having trouble finding balance. You can always respond directly to this email to touch base with me, whether it is a question about nutrition, changes you can make to help balance your menstrual cycle, or simply questions about how to heal and find balance. Here is a list of a few things you can do this month to maintain your mental health and stay balanced:
Practice gratitude. The research has proven that practicing gratitude daily can lead to a 10% mood boost. The results are not instant, but practicing gratitude everyday can do wonders in terms of helping you cultivate a positive outlook. You can start in bed by thinking of three things you are grateful for in the morning as soon as you wake up to kick your day off on a positive note. Or try keeping a gratitude journal and list ten things you are grateful for before heading to bed. They can be simple things like clean water, a bed, a roof over our head, or more specific things like a great conversation, or an old memory from a fun trip, or a friend that answered the phone when you needed it today. Compliment someone. Send a friend, co-worker, or loved one a compliment, or send them a note about something you are grateful for in terms of your relationship with them. Spreading positivity and actively making someone else's day better can actually make you feel better too! Laugh! Things may not seem laughable right now, but laughing stimulates the release of endorphins or feel-good hormones in the body. So try calling someone who always makes you laugh, or bringing to mind an old memory, or actively forcing a laugh even when you do not want to. Laughing meditation is a real thing where groups of people sit in a room together and fake laugh until they start crying because they are laughing so hard. Do a quick laughing meditation search on YouTube, I don't think you'll be disapointed (to be honest I have never searched this before, but desperate times call for desperate measures!) Take a break from alcohol. If you have been feeling particularly down these past few weeks try taking a brief sabbatical from alcohol. And if that sentence made you want to unsubscribe from this newsletter, bear with me while I provide a short explanation. Alcohol is a depressant and even a little bit can lead to mild depressive feelings after drinking (though in the moment it may feel great). Alcohol can also impact our quality of sleep and if sleep quality is impacted, immunity and mental health can suffer. And if you still want to unsubscribe, just pretend I never mentioned it. Self-care. Only you can take care of yourself the way you really need to be taken care of. That is because no one can read your mind, and no one knows exactly what you need (hell, sometimes I don't even know what I need or want to make myself feel better). So the more you are able to show up for yourself, whether that means getting to bed early, or going for a run when you are feeling down, or eating some dark chocolate when you are in the throes of PMS, the better you will feel. Life is a journey of self-discovery and self-growth and that means being your own best friend and listening to yourself in a way no one else can. Meditate. As a meditation teacher, I will always recommend meditation as a form of mental health care. The scientific evidence is there and through my own personal journey I know my meditation practice is the only thing that has kept me sane the past few weeks. So breathe, relax. If you're interested in learning how to meditate please reach out. Some great resources are Insight Timer (an app with meditations in all languages), and IG Lives on @mndflmeditation.
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