Whether you’re dealing with a moment of frustration, a challenging phase of life, or in the battle of daily mental illness- holistic mental health benefits you.
What is Holistic Mental Health?
Holistic mental health looks at every aspect that can affect your mental state.
- It’s what you do physically. Or don’t do.
- It’s what you eat.
- It’s what you think about yourself and your world.
It’s What You Physically Do
- Find an enjoyable activity.
- Cardio 3 times a week is a must. At least. Walking will do.
- Use community to help by getting in a class or inviting a friend.
Physical activity gets oxygen flowing plus boosts the hormones and chemicals needed for brain health. Community adds to the benefit. Being around the right people triggers more of those good chemicals in your body. Beyond the biological, being connected and actively taking care of yourself gives your brain a positive message to feed on.
What You Eat
- Less sugar and junk
- More protein and not always meat or whey protein
- More water
- More Omegas (fish, nuts, etc)
- More Nuts and seeds
- More berries
- More omegas
Sugar and processed or junk foods when eaten consistently impair your nervous system and brain. To eat for a better mind set start with water. Your brain need a variety of foods; however, making sure protein, omegas, and berries are on your mind’s daily check list. These foods feed your brain and nervous system specifically.
What You Think
How you view yourself and your world sets the tracks of thoughts that will dictate your mind set and behavior. These tracks of doubt, fear, and lack of worth can be changed. THEY ARE NOT PERMANENT. You do have to ability to create thoughts that support you and your world. It doesn’t mean these new thoughts eliminate those fears or challenges. It DOES mean the intentional creation of lifting thoughts get you through and invite more positive opportunities and connections.
What you think about yourself and your world directly impacts your environment and mental health. It continues a detrimental cycle and only serves to hurt than help you. This isn’t a denial of wrong doing or excuse other’s behavior. Changing your thought tracks improves your current and future environment.
What you think causes a chemical chain reaction in your body. Negative thoughts constantly depress the parasympathetic nervous system. You need this system activated to heal, reduce inflammation, and keep optimal flow in your mental health.
What to look forward to
I feel compelled to release some mantras and mental health tool kits. Be ready for the next blog with these techniques to implement immediately for your mental health. Additionally, part two of Holistic Mental Health will dive deeper into more holistic approaches you can easily add. Some may surprise you.
Realize the power your mind has and the power you have with your mind.