Mental health is the state of well-being in which an individual realizes their own potential, can cope with normal stresses, and can contribute to society. Walking along the beach, meditating, or simply being in nature can help improve mental health and reduce stress levels. In a world in which the statistics are on the rise for anxiety, stress, and depression, we need to work on our selfcare practices. Things like going for a walk, getting a massage, sitting quietly at the beach, or doing yoga will help you to decompress. The world is busy 24/7 connected to stimulus whether social media, internet, gaming, or news, we are not allowing ourselves to just be in the moment of NOW.
Learn to step back and PAUSE.
Feeling overwhelmed, PAUSE and BREATHE. Pausing from the bombardment can allow you to just process all the stimulus. Take that deep breath and ask yourself ‘what do I need to do in this situation for my own mental health balance’. Taking a moment will allow you to regain your control.
You Matter!
Remember that you matter, body, mind, and spirit. Make some simple changes in your nutrition, minimize sugars, stay hydrated and laugh. Remember that if you are struggling, reach out. It takes 11 years from the outset of a mental health challenge to asking for help. Talk with your medical provider, a therapist or look for support groups. You truly matter and are a gift to many.
Coach Joan & Dash
Walks with Buddy, Inc
Joan Smeland is a licensed Massage Therapist, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Emotion Code Practitioner, Reiki Master.