May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Beyond is proud to be part of the solution to #breakthestigma surrounding mental health disorders. It's important to understand that your mental health is one aspect of your total well-being. Mental health is broader than the perspective of "disease" and "disorder". It's something that you can care for and cultivate to improve your health as a whole, without anything being 'wrong'.
Here are a few tips to support your Mental Health on a regular basis:
Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. A great way to do this is to make time for your hobbies and favorite projects. Work on a puzzle, maybe brain teasers are your thing, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument, or become fluent in another language.
Take Care of your body:
Health and Well-being are an interactive process involving multiple aspects of one’s life. That's why taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being.
- Focus on eating nutritious whole foods. Avoid processed foods as often as possible.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Get outside to enjoy some sun and move it, move it.
- Be intentional about getting enough sleep.
Cultivate Positive Influence
Jim Rohn said, "you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, and that means everyone in your life counts." That means everyone in your life counts for or against you. Take a good look at the people, communities, and even the information you give your energy and your time to. Is any of it building you up, encouraging your potential, and honoring your gifts? If not, it may be time to make a change. Become more intentional about where and with whom you spend your time. You deserve so much more.
Give of Yourself
"The secret to living is giving.", Tony Robbins. You have something to offer others, whether you are the wealthiest person in the world or the poorest (monetarily speaking). Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You'll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it's a great way to build community.
Leverage Your Stress
Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Use your stress as an opportunity to become present in your life. Often times stress is the result of giving up your power in regards to your health or life. Stress is a signal from the body and the world that something needs to change. Work to develop strategies that help you leverage stress, such as conscious breathing, exercise, and journaling.
Quiet Your Mind
Meditation, mindfulness, prayer, and journaling are great ways to calm the mind. Go for a walk or sit calmly. Allow yourself to be present to the sounds around, be present to the sensations within your body, and become aware of your breath without trying to change the present moment or think about what you "should" be doing instead of connecting to yourself. It only needs to be 5-10 minutes.
Break Up Your Routine
Although your routine makes you more efficient and enhances your feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can shake up a tedious schedule. Take a different route to work or on a daily walk, go to a different park or restaurant, or rearrange a room or your desk.
Ask for Help
Seeking help is a sign of strength, not a weakness. Humans have a deep evolutionary need for belonging and significance. This may be seeking a friend or family member to talk. It may also be a time you think about seeking a practitioner who can help facilitate your healing experience.
Understandably, it can be tough to take care of yourself when anxiety, depression, panic, or other mental health conditions occur. Mental health starts with your nervous system (brain & spinal cord). That's why the focus of your care at Beyond is on helping you strategies that allow your nervous system to establish a sense of safety and well being, which leads to the experience of greater ease in taking care of your health and life.
At Beyond Chiropractic we are a team of doctors committed to helping you achieve optimal health, well-being, and a life beyond anything you thought possible.
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