Enjoying our mental health and fostering healthy habits are skills that we can learn. We can choose to be aware of how we speak to ourselves. We can optimize the amount of time that we spend outdoors. We can request time off. We can choose our attitude given any occasion.
Managing stress plays a crucial role in our mental health. We can see where our worries erupt from and decide whether worrying about these factors has helped in the past. We can determine if we need a new perspective on reoccurring issues, or if we need to take positive action to help better our own lives.
Meditation, exercise, breathe work, journaling, laughing, riding a bike, thinking before we speak, prioritizing a good night’s rest and other simple acts of self-care, can greatly enhance our mental wellbeing, as well as our overall physical health. Nourishing ourselves with foods that promote intestinal health, such as fiber rich flax seed, can assist in better motility in better digestion, perhaps lowering feelings of anxiousness or ‘stuckness’ that we sense in our guts. Digestion plays a key role and amino acids primarily dictate our mental health and compose our neurotransmitters. Ability to metabolize protein does assist in our mental wellbeing.
We can check in with our physicians and health care practitioners to identify any potential problems before embarking on any new additions or changes. We can speak to our naturopath to ascertain whether supplementation may aid in our mental focus and sanity. We may wish to ensure a balance of our hormones and other presenting health symptoms before making a decision about a treatment.
As whole human beings, we need to see ourselves with all our complexities to fully understand why we feel the way we do and also the way we think and view the world.
Lifestyle Naturopathy: My feelings are linked to my life. I will examine my life today and check in on my mental health.