It is typical to think only of your physical body when it comes to health but balancing your emotions is crucial to your overall wellness. Be aware of how situations and circumstances affect you. Be intentional with how you react to them. Take measures and implement strategies to support your mind.
Ways to Support Your Mind and Emotions
Meditation is a great way to clear and reset your mind. To get started, try guided meditation. It may work the best. Use an app such as Calm or Head Space or watch a You Tube video by Light Watkins. Sign up for a free introduction to Heart Based Meditation online with Dr Paul Dugliss. When you first begin it’ll be hard to sit still and settle your mind but just like anything else, the more you meditate the easier it will become.
Stress relief and relaxation. Stress is natural and impossible to eliminate. Identifying what causes you stress and implementing ways to manage or reduce it are key.
Practice deep breathing to create a sense of calm. This technique is great because you can use it anywhere. Breath in through your nose for 4 seconds. Hold the breath for 4 seconds. Exhale through the nose for 4 seconds.
Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Think about and acknowledge all the things you are grateful for. Keep a journal and write them down every day, say them aloud or run through them in your mind. Recognizing all you have can have very powerful results.
Make positive affirmations out loud in front of the mirror every day. Read self development books. Listen to podcasts. Practice visualization of goals and dreams as though they have already happened.
Make a concerted effort to do things you enjoy. It is super important for your state of mind and physical health. Plan and schedule fun activities in a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Fun doesn’t have to be elaborate. It can be simple things.
Many adults suffer from insomnia. As we age it seems harder and harder to get the quality and quantity of sleep necessary. To maintain a healthy body and mind and promote a state of overall wellness, it is recommended that adults receive 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Get my guide, 5 Ways to Promote a Good Night's Sleep, here.
Eat a Healthy Diet
In a recent podcast, Dr Michel Greger shared that, Good Food = Good Mood and a Good Mood = Good Food. Research shows that consuming 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day will put you in a better mood. The effects that result last into the next day. And, when you are in a good mood you are more likely to eat a healthier diet.
Use Essential Oils
What are essential oils? Essential oils are distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, and roots of plants. They are the plant’s natural defense and protection mechanisms. When distilled and bottled, they are powerful tools to support health and wellness. They provide natural scents that can affect your mood and emotions.