Mental Health Mantra 19/365
I wake up and ask myself this question today. I feel there's something I need to do and so I have to go to my toolkit and see what it is that resonates. In my book that I'm currently writing, ReBalance Me, I have 7 ways to wellness, they are Boost, Nourish, Cocoon, Support, Create, Care and Move.
To answer this mantra today, I go look in each of these ways and ask myself what I need, what's the message coming through. What's resonating?
Sitting quietly I close my eyes, letting my breath flow in and out of my nose.
In those few minutes, I realised I needed the following prescription for the day, to rebalance me.
ReBalance-Me Prescription for Jules : )
This prescription helped me to shift things today.
Do you have a toolkit of stuff that you turn to?
Hands up, don't we forget? Especially when we are dealing with stress, high anxiety, apprehension, add in the blanks you're dealing with currently, ______________, __________________, ________________.
I remembered I need reminders and repetition, which is why I'm creating these Mental Health Mantras, to send calm and soothing messages to my subconscious mind.
Sincerely hope this helps you too.
Keep centred starseeds on your own intuitive intelligence.
"Art with Heart - Calm your Mind, Soothe your Soul."
Moving into September and approaching autumn, it is important to take steps to boost your immune system. You may also be in a front facing customer service role, teaching, healing, therapy, retail - if this is you - your well-being is of the up most importance.
Here are 5 ways to boost your immunity so that you feel like you're you're not dragging your heels by the time you get to January.
This is just a sweet sample and by no means thorough.
1. Eat Yourself Happy
What we eat has an impact on our immunity, we know this, yet often we struggle. Often we'll turn to something for speed.
Let's consider introducing more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, pulses and good fats, such as avocados, extra virgin olive oil. Why not give yourself a try to let go of any animal protein, as well as refined sugars and saturated fat.
If you're feeling a bit low in energy, a good daily multivitamin will also help to ensure your body is receiving the necessary vitamins and minerals to stay healthy.
Gentle Nudge: Go top up your fruit bowl and replenish that vegetable drawer.
Try some cauliflower, it's a great source of fibre and potassium, which you can roast, mash or add to curries.
2. On Your Marks, Get Set, Go!
During the summer we are keen to get out while it is light, and as we know autumn is approaching, we feel the move to stay indoors.
But what we know for sure is that moving for 30 minutes every day will help to diminish any potential coughs and colds. It will really boost immunity.
Walking is great but cardio is the best form of movement. Dancing, Running, Aerobic class, Cycling.....
Gentle Nudge: Why not track a mile from your door, get out amongst the green space, create a playlist and power walk or run with your dog, they'll thank you for it.
3. Sleep Easy
Obviously the big issue about sleep is different for everyone. Some of us sleep well and some have difficulty.
Either way, let's flip it.
Think more about the time leading up to bed. Watching TV at midnight or on your computer working on an assignment is not going to boost your immune system. Pick a time to wind down of an evening, maybe from 9.30pm?
Gentle Nudge: Before you go to bed, spend 30 minutes shifting the focus from what you are doing. Turn off the TV, listen to calming music, eat a few almonds as they're full of magnesium. Get yourself ready for bed, have a shower, lie on your bed and relax before turning out the light. Why not pick up a book? A good old fashioned paper book!
What Is Stress?
Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences.
What Causes Stress?
Many different things can cause stress -- from physical (such as fear of something dangerous) to emotional (such as worry over your family or job, relationship, bereavement etc...)
Identifying what may be causing you stress is often the first step in learning how to better deal with your stress.
Some of the most common sources of stress are:
Survival Stress - You may have heard the phrase "fight or flight" before. This is a common response to danger in all people and animals. When you are afraid that someone or something may physically hurt you, your body naturally responds with a burst of energy so that you will be better able to survive the dangerous situation (fight) or escape it all together (flight). This is survival stress.
Internal Stress - If you catch yourself worrying about things you can do nothing about or worrying for no reason - then you are dealing with internal stress and it is one of the most important kinds of stress to understand and manage.
This often happens when we worry about things we can't control or put ourselves in situations we know will cause us stress.
Environmental Stress - This is a response to things around you that cause stress, such as noise, crowding, and pressure from work or family.
Identifying these environmental stresses and learning to avoid them or deal with them will help lower your stress level.
Fatigue and Overwork - This kind of stress builds up over a long time and can take a hard toll on your body. It can be caused by working too much or too hard at your job(s), study or at home.
It can also be caused by not knowing how to manage your time well or how to take time out for rest and relaxation.
This can be one of the hardest kinds of stress to avoid because many people feel this is out of their control.
Stress can affect both your body and your mind.
What are your stress levels?
As you read these statements, think about the answer in terms of .......
Always, Sometimes or Never
If you have answered Always to 6 or more of these statements, then this may be a time to seek out support, perhaps first stop is to chat with your Doctor, it may be helpful to chat to them about your responses.
Perhaps you have asked a member of your family to answer these statements, it's important to encourage them to seek out someone to talk to i.e. their Doctor and not to continue to feeling this way.