MENTALLY HEALING (PART 2) <3

When embarking on your healing journey it is key to also take physical care of your body as well. Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health as past research shows. This can be done by; 

  • Eating nutritious meals and hydrating adequately.
  • Exercise, which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods.
  • Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression, setting and following a steady sleep cycle can assist in ensuring the body gets into a routine.
Set realistic goals:

Decide what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally, and write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Aim high, but be realistic and don’t over-schedule. You’ll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.  You can use the aid of wellness apps to help keep track of your achievements or you could journal it. Keeping records will help encourage you on your progresses and serve as a reminder of your achievements. 

 Break up the monotony:

Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures or try a new restaurant, the slight change in monotony while still keeping your schedule can serve as a reliver. A drift of something fresh and renewing elevating your sense of joy and wholeness.

 

Quiet your mind:

 More often than the loudest negative force we have to fight against is our own mind. Getting our mind to stop being so harsh and judgmental can be a battle but it is a battle worth fighting. Try meditating, mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy . They are self improvement apps that help with self affirmations, how to conduct meditations and different techniques for one to choose which method best suites you.

Surround yourself with good people:

People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group. If a relationship/friendship is feeling strained or becoming toxic remove yourself from the situation without feeling guilt. It is important to put yourself first, take care of yourself before you can give yourself to take care of others always remember that. People that are good for you build you when you need to be built, support you and encourage you, such people are worth giving yourself.

 Give yourself:

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 meet new people.  Remember while giving yourself you need to also ensure you are still protecting yourself. Giving yourself does not give someone the right to use you.

 Learn how to deal with stress:

Like it or not, stress is a part of life.  Practice good coping skills: Try One-Minute Stress Strategies, do Tai Chi, exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.

Get help when you need it:

Healing although it’s a personal journey do not be afraid or feel some type of way if you feel overwhelmed or that you may need help. Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.

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