Mental Health is just as important as physical health
Many of us don't prioritise the time to take care of our mental health. We often place more importance on our physical health finding time to attend doctors appointments, the gym, to strengthen and move our bodies, to worry about and research the latest fad diet, yet this same level of focus, research and dedication is not put into achieving good mental health. While many things we do to look after our physical health are essential, making the time for self-care in our daily routines and to check in on our emotional wellbeing with a mental health professional is just as important for our overall health and wellbeing.
Here at The Be Well Collective we believe mental health is important for every person and every community. We want to help get you started, thinking more about your mental health, and help you prioritise your time to include more mental health care.
Here are three ideas you might like to start with during the weekend.
1. Go for a walk
Research tells us time and again how beneficial walking is for calming our nervous system. Exercise even for as little as 15 minutes per day is a natural anti-anxiety and antidepressant. Bonus benefits if walking outdoors.
2. Enjoy a warm cup of tea, Mindfully
Allocate a 15-minute break mid-morning, or mid-way through your day. Sit somewhere comfortable, warm, quiet.
Sit where there are no distractions.
To assist you with sitting and drinking your tea mindfully, try out the following:
* Hold the cup of tea in both hands. Notice the warmth of the tea for a minute or two.
* Take a big, deep breath in, through your nose, notice the warmth and aroma of the tea as you breathe it in. Take a minute to describe the aroma to yourself.
* Take in some slow sips of the tea, notice the warmth of the tea, the taste, flavour, sitting in your mouth.
* Spend 2-3 minutes taking in nice long deep breaths in and out through your nose.
* Continue slowing sipping the tea, breathing slowly in and out for a minute or two, in between sips, noticing the warmth, smell, taste, and the sense of calm throughout your body.
3. Light a candle:
Whether the candle smells delicious or not ~ the action of lighting a candle may simply be a lovely trigger/ a reminder to stop and take in 5 big beautiful deep breaths.
If you find them helpful, try to integrate them into your daily routine for the next 2 weeks and see how it feels!
Enjoy + take care.
Live well, Be Well
Vanessa + Jahnna