What is Holistic Mental Health? Part Two

What is Holistic Mental Health? Part Two

So we’ve broken down the basics of holistic mental health then threw in some tools. What else is left? Tie up loose ends and a deep moment. Or two.

Holistic Mental Health is what you eat, do and think.

J Riley

Keep Your Mental Health Tools in Balance

Laughter and humor is a powerful tool. However, don’t let it become a complete distraction from dealing with what’s under the surface. Utilize your tools to process information and emotions.

Mental Health Processing Tools

  • Talk it out. With a trusted friend. Use those video apps!
  • Write it out. Journal. Get poetic.
  • Draw it out. Be literal or get abstract. Do what moves you.

Unclutter the Junk Drawer in Your Brain

We gotta dump it somewhere. The good, the bad, and the OMG. Probably thinking I’m going to suggest mediation? Yes and no. With ADHD, the ping pong balls in a steel cube creates challenges in meditation or an type of unclutter. Discover how to unclutter your brain.

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Get a Vision

You get what you focus on the most. It does not eliminate problems, worry, or anything else. Vision with focus gives your the power to attract and create what you truly want. Vision it physically with a fourth grade excitement of glue sticks, tape, pictures, collages, and more. Take what you can find and get started. When you create:

  • think specific
  • think about what you want to see
  • think about how it would look
  • think about quotes you can add
  • think about short mantras you can repeat to enhance the vision

Holistic mental health is the balance of processing the scary and problematic while utilizing the power of attraction as a solution. This all in grace as we work our way through each situation, moment, and thought.

Be graceful in your mental health.

J.Riley

Holistic Health Practitioner

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Holistic Mental Health Tools

A few minutes of investment, these holistic mental health tools can break a cycle of negative emotions, thoughts, and energy.

  • Laughter is truly an amazing medicine
    • Find humor in your situation or humor to distracted. Release those good vibes/chemicals
  • Meditation- guided and sound baths
    • Don’t take it in silence, meditate with some noise. Guided imagery, mantras, and sound baths are for clearing your head space.
    • Apps: Insight timer & Head Space
    • Notjusthealthnuts Youtube Library Sound Baths
    • Notjusthealthnuts Youtube Library Chakra/Energy Healing
  • Gratitude Journal
    • use the power of intention to flip an awful feeling or situation
    • write, cite, or illustrate what you are thankful for
  • Seek the warm fuzzies
    • Fill your senses and get those warm fuzzies: part one and part two on how to get those fuzzies.

Keep your sanity and improve your health with these simple holistic mental health tools.

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Hit the Reset Button

Feel like you’re losing your mind? Well. You might be. Constantly going negatively impacts our physical and mental health. Sanity goes to the wayside and exhaustion slams us into a wall. When we hit this point, we need to hit the reset button

Reset for Mental Health

Sleep

Our bodies require regular sleep. If you are not getting enough or constantly tired, seek medical help. There is a underlying cause. Stress can certainly start or continue the cycle of sleep issues. Consider de-stress techniques such as exercise, breathing exercises, and anti-inflammatory foods.

Relax and Play

We need non-productive times to be silly. Relax and play facilitates a connection with yourself and with others. Hobby and relax time are a must to your health routine

Cleanse and Gut Support

Your gut is a literal second brain that promotes chemical balances and a variety of essential biological processes. Fruits and veggies in a fresh or frozen form is a crucial part of your daily food relationship. Oats are excellent for cleansing guts and balancing chemicals within the body. Teas such as nettle, dandelion, and green tea are power cleansers from immune to blood. Take your food relationship seriously.

Connect with Nature

We need to immerse ourselves in creation. The elements of air, water, earth, and fire are core to our healing. Simply sitting by a fire or listening to water can do wonders to reset our minds. A simple outdoor walk or eating a meal work too.

One last thing…. for a daily reset…..

J.Riley

Play time is Vital to Your Health

Play time is Vital to Your Health

Play for children is crucial in their development. Often, as adults, we forget that same time for play is just as vital for our health. Adulting in work, as caregivers, living responsibilities, etc can be daunting. Even when it’s not, we may absorb the daily grind with little to no breaks. Our body cycles require play-time investments to shift our minds to better perspectives, cultivate positive inner connections, and create more community.

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What is Play?

Play is open ended with two rules- it’s enjoyable and no harm done. Variety within play addresses the various sides of your well-being and all need to happen a few times per week.

Actively Play!

Gardening, car washing, swim, run, park, yoga, sport, or walk. As long as it’s an enjoyable activity and you’re moving- be in active play. Mind set is as important as what you are doing. Pick an activity and go.

Quietly Play …

As much as we need active play, we need quiet play too. This is an excellent time to get creative, read a book, write, or whatever you love to do, quietly. The goal is gently engage the mind while simultaneously calming the body.

Engage in Play-

Play with others! Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or community event- find a fun activity to do with others. We need to delightfully connect with others. It changes our perspective within our homes, our work, and community. Being together just for the sake of amusement cultivates better relationships and environments.

What happens in Play?

  • You disengage allostatic load: this means turning off the toxins long-term stress releases in your body.
  • You decrease tension in blood vessels to promote healthier blood pressure and more oxygen flow. When the oxygen flows your brain, mood, and physical body heals itself better.
  • You balance body chemicals better: relaxing engages the parasympathetic system which levels hormones, enzymes, and other biological chemicals that aid in healing. Plus it increases organ function.
  • You sleep better.
  • You help your brain. When you body calms and switches on the parasympathetic nervous system, it allow for more GABA. GABA slows brain electricity, that stress often increases, to allow healing, better concentration, and improved mood.
  • You connect with your SELF more.
  • You connect with your loved ones and community more.

In your daily health routine, make play an intention. We need to enjoy our life and the health investments we make. How we think or feel about an activity impacts its effectiveness- attitude directly affects your success. Love the space you’re in and engage in enjoying your life where ever you are.

Namaste, Juls