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!
Are you juggling dealing with something that's making you feel overwhelmed and overloaded?
Let's focus on 3 natural ways to de-stress on your doorstep.
A daily dose of green space can really boost our health - and fast.
We hear of this all the time don't we, but do we 'really' add it into our 'Creative Healing Toolkit?'
Green Space doesn't mean you have to move to the forest or the heart of the country, grounding amongst grass and being side by side to trees is enough.
According to Matthew White, environmental psychologist, "just looking at green space lowers stress hormones and increases calming alpha waves in the brain."
So when was the last time you made a detour to take in some green space?
When did you stop and take yourself out to a local park, your garden, a small cove of trees?
Having a dog gives us an excuse to get access to green space - but what about getting access for yourself - at your pace, during your own timetable, without rushing?
How about going somewhere different rather than the same park or the same route.
We came across this term the other day called Forest Bathing - this is the Japanese inspired practice of woodland walking but with science and research behind it - Trees give off a protective chemical thought to lower blood pressure and reduce stress.
Interestingly Walk and Talk Therapy (counselling therapy and walking) is becoming more and more popular around the world.
Walk and Talk Therapy - you can read some of the benefits here in 'Taking Therapy Off The Couch'
Counsellors and psychotherapists who instead of seeing patients in a traditional office setting, combine walking with psychotherapy.
"It's very similar to traditional psychotherapy," one counsellor says, "except you are walking while you are talking about issues. I have found that bringing a little bit of movement enriches the counselling session. My clients are intrigued by the idea and are naturally drawn to being outside."
So here are my 3 Ways to De-stress on your Doorstep.
1. Find a local park that you have never been to and go there.
Plant your feet in the grass.
No mobile phones allowed - take a book, a cup of tea and sit for 15 minutes.
If you'd like to walk barefoot in the grass, do it.
2. If finding time is a problem right now, then how about detouring to work via a different greener route, is that possible? Is there a park along the way that you could stop by and sit for 3 minutes to watch the leaves on the trees? If you can park near trees, lower down your window, close your eyes and absorb in their neutralising chemicals. Take 10 minutes out of your lunch time, before work, or after work to detour via a local park.
3. Find or Create a Walking Group - friendship, walking and green space is a gorgeous mix, why not seek out, or create a walking group of your own.