Tami’s note: Happy 2017! I hope this year brings you much joy, peace and blessings in all areas of your life – let’s all focus on that so we can attract it. I don’t know about you guys, but if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know just how happy I am that 2016 is over with (two hallelujahs and a tambourine shake for that). It’s my first post of the year and already there are some changes happening – (a) I’m now registered as a mental health/media consultancy business; (b) I’ve updated the name of the blog to ‘One Mind At A Time’; and (c) I’m in the process of getting things more ‘businesslike’ as a result. Shameless plug time: If you missed my January mental health newsletter, click on the link for more in-depth information on the new journey and don’t forget to subscribe here so you’ll stay in the know – there will be many more exciting things happening as the year progresses. Also, seeing that I just mentioned last week’s e-mail, I’m re-opening the poll and survey I posted until Friday of this week, just in case you missed the chance to contribute to the direction my blog posts will now take – I’d love to hear from you. (Of course you can always just contact me here to let me know as well). Anyway lovelies, on to the first post of the New Year, courtesy of the feedback you have given me so far. I’m happy to share with you three easy, effective strategies (I personally use) to stay on top of my mental health every day – read on…
- Get some ‘D’ – Vitamin D, that is – which is easy to get because you just have to go outside. It’s a well-researched, tested and documented fact that spending time in nature, and, especially, spending at least 20 minutes per day in the sunshine is one of the cheapest, most effective ways to take care of your mental health. It’s particularly good at kicking depression’s ass, so since I’m all for freeness (and wellness), use it a lot. If you’re not living in tropical climes like I currently am, you can always take Vitamin D supplements, but whatever you do, make sure you get it!
- Ground yourself – There are many skeptics, but having done this myself for years and seeing marked differences whenever I don’t, I’m an ‘earthing enthusiast’ and will always highly recommend the practice. What exactly is it? Well, it’s simply walking barefoot outside (or some other way of connecting directly with the earth) to absorb negative electrons from it (trust me, you need this)- an extension of getting the D, so to speak. It works because we are supposed to have constant, direct contact with the elements (nature) – modern living makes it more difficult- as the earth contains a number of balancing properties, minerals etc that we need – especially to rid our bodies of electromagnetic energy we are exposed to daily (via cell phones, microwaves, etc.). Benefits include sleeping better, stress and headache relief, you can read more about it here.
- Set (and follow) a daily routine – As clichéd as this may sound, it really is all about consistency – that is the only, surefire way to ensure that you will make and maintain positive changes in any area of your life, and one of the most powerful, and, again, simplest ways to achieve this kind of balance is by creating a routine for yourself. For those of us with mental health issues, it can be a life saver, so I urge you, if you don’t yet have one, please do so now. Why do you need one? Well according to this Reader’s Digest Best Health article, “Once you have a routine in place, then the mental processes that make the behaviour happen take place automatically. You save time and energy and reduce stress by skipping the mental to-ing and fro-ing of making a decision, and slide directly into getting the task done.”
We all know that sometimes our mental health challenges can get in the way of us getting things done, often when you most need to be doing it – not only is this inconvenient, but it also sets us on a path to being mentally unhealthy, because our minds need to be engaged. I now have a good one and an accountability partner to check in with me, both of which I highly recommend, so get on it today! Bonus: A few non-mental health related reasons why having a daily routine is important.
So will you be trying these? Are you currently doing any of them? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for reading!
Love, light and blessings.