You've started your health journey, or maybe you've been in a routine for some time now; nourishing your body with food, getting active, and working hard. That's great! But, how is your head?
Focusing on your mental health is a key aspect of your overall well-being, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to nourish it. We've compiled some tips to help you boost your mental health!
Appreciating what we have instead of what we don't helps us change our perspective.
Try this: grab a journal or piece of paper, think of at least 3 things you are grateful for and write them down. Take some time every day, even if just for a few minutes to focus on what you are grateful for.
Studies show that being in nature, fresh air, and sunlight boosts your happy hormones and improve your mood! Don't believe us? Here's the science:
Unplug, Disconnect and Be Present
With all that's going on in the world, our screens can be a rabbit hole that is easy to get caught in! Log off social media. Those emails can wait! Turn off the TV for a bit and be present. Taking some time off the screens is beneficial to your mental health in so many ways; read up on them here: The Benefits of Unplugging From Electronics Article
Get Your Thoughts Out
Sometimes getting what's in your head out on paper or by talking to a trusted friend or family member can help ease your mind. Our problems often seem so big and overwhelming when they are trapped in our heads, and talking them out can help them feel smaller and more manageable. Learn about the benefits of journaling here: 83 Benefits of Journaling for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress
Be With Your People
Surround yourself with people that support and love you. Not only will you have someone to turn to when things get tough, but you can share the good times too!
Practice Breath Work
Breathwork is a proven mechanism for easing stress and anxiety. When you start to feel anxious or unsettled, try to focus on your breath to help calm you down.
We really like triangle breathing! Give it a try.
VOS Service Spotlight
Continuing with our focus on mental health, meeting with a health coach is a great way to tap into this area of wellness that is often put aside. Although health coaches don't specialize in treating complex clinical problems, they do help clients manage emotions, challenge negative thinking patterns, improve relationship skills, and reduce stress anxiety - all of which support mental health!
The benefits of working with a health coach include
Increased happiness and feelings of purpose
Decreased stress and other stress-related issues
Development of healthier behaviors
Improved lifestyle balance
Enhanced quality of life
Remember: If you are struggling with your mental health, contact your health care provider, or a trusted friend about getting help. It takes strength to know when you may need some extra support!
From the Kitchen
Butternut Squash Soup
Soup is like a warm hug in food form! This delicious soup is dairy-free, packed with flavor, and super nutritious. It's a great source of both fiber and potassium.
Thanks to @loveandlemons for the recipe!
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