5 Tips for World Mental Health Day
As World Mental Health Day approaches on October 10, it's the perfect time to reflect on the importance of self-care and nurturing our mental well-being. We can’t be our best selves unless we recognize the importance of the mind/body connection and implement practices to support MINDFUL LIVING.
The good news is, self-care doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Often, it's the simplest daily habits that have the most profound impact on our mental health. In my presentations I have been discussing the importance of CONSISTENCY in the practice. LESS about ALL OF THE THINGS being done and more just showing up for ourselves every day with simple steps to thrive.
Day 1: Daily Mirror Affirmations
Begin your self-care journey and day by looking in the mirror and affirming positive messages to yourself. Remind yourself of your worth, strengths, and capabilities. Treat yourself with the same kindness and encouragement you offer to others. This is an easy and simple way to start your day on a positive note. This practice isn’t about false positivity or faking it ‘til you make it—it’s about really cultivating the feeling of what you are affirming and noting what that FEELS LIKE IN YOUR BODY.
Day 2: Swap Out Intense Workouts
I am not saying goodbye to a good run or NO to a hard class—I love my burn Brentwood class ;). It’s important to add balance to your life and consider swapping out two of your higher-intensity workouts for more gentle, mindful movement. Activities like yoga, walking, or stretching can provide relaxation and reduce stress while still keeping you active and healthy.
Day 3: Morning Breathing Exercise
Take a moment each morning to step outside and take three deep breaths. Fill your lungs with fresh air on your in-breath and let go of any tension or stress on your out-breath. You'll be surprised how a few breaths can really help you start the day feeling refreshed and grounded.
Day 4: Hydration Ritual
Upon waking up, make it a habit to drink a big glass of water. Hydrating your body first thing in the morning helps kickstart your metabolism, flushes out toxins, and can leave you feeling more alert and energized.
Day 5: Curate Your Online Space
Social media can play a significant role in our mental health. Take time to review and evaluate your online presence. Unfollow or mute accounts that consistently add stress or anxiety to your life. Create a digital environment that supports your mental well-being.
World Mental Health Day gives us an opportunity to think about how we can commit to nurturing our mental health every day. These simple habits may seem small, but over time they can lead to significant positive changes in how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Remember that self-care is not selfish; it's essential for maintaining good mental health!