Your mental health is directly linked to your lifestyle and physical health.
Our mind and bodies influence each other greatly. When our mental health suffers, so does our body and vice versa. March is mental health awareness month, and our goal this month is to focus on finding new ways to nourish our bodies and minds and to thrive! Check out self care tips for feeling happy and healthy this month.
Rule #1: Be choosy about what you consume.
It might seem obvious, but from food to television, what you consume has a direct impact on how you feel. Eating nourishing foods, reading uplifting books, and hydrating are few simple ways to feel happier and healthier all the time.
Avoidoverindulgingg in alcohol or caffeine and heavily processed foods that are high in flour and sugars. Opt for a diet that promotes a healthy gut because our gut health is directly linked to our mental health. Stay hydrated by setting hydration goals for the day and avoid tv, social media, and other content that makes you feel anxious.
Rule #2: Prioritize self care.
In today's world we often feel busy or overwhelmed and the easiest thing to de-prioritize in a hectic schedule is our own well-being, but you can't pour from an empty cup. You'll be able to contribute more to your work, your relationships, and your life if you take care of yourself first. Make time for exercise, stretching, and meditation. Soothe yourself with a long hot shower or a bath, and take breaks when you need them: step outside for fresh air or go somewhere quiet when you start to feel stressed during your day.
Simply taking a walk outside in the sunshine is an easy way to promote circulation, boost your mood, alleviate stress and stimulate your mind. How you feel matters. Make your well-being a top priority in your busy schedule.
Rule #3: Get good sleep.
Sleep is so important for our physical and mental health. Promote restful sleep by setting the temperature of your bedroom between 60 and 67 ℉. Avoid heavy meals, alcohol, and blue light from screens in the hours before bed. Stick to a routine - falling asleep and waking up at the same time everyday (regardless if it is the weekend or not) will reinforce your natural rhythm and help you sleep better.
Rule #4: Nourish relationships.
Life is about relationships. Surround yourself with people who love you and make time for nourishing the relationships that comfort you. Loneliness is often the root of anxious feelings. We are social creatures - feeling a sense of belonging makes us feel happy and healthy.
One of the easiest ways to lift your spirits during hard days is through homemade comfort foods. Use ingredients that boost your immune system and brain power in recipes that remind you of your childhood or your grandma. Serbian Blend, Turmeric Powder and Veggie Dip Mix are all versatile spices that have excellent health benefits both for your body and for your brain.
Practice Self Care
Prioritize your mental health by taking care of yourself! Self-care doesn't have to be extravagant or expensive, so restock your self-care toolkit and run a bath, light a candle and pour honey on your face (it's nature's face mask.) Using simple tools like this help us slow down and appreciate all the things our brains and bodies do for us.
Sleep is vital for maintaining good mental and physical health. In fact, more than 50% of people with anxiety and up to 90% of people with depression experience sleep problems of some kind. Developing a sleep routine can be as simple as making a cup of sleep-inducing Dulces Suenos tea and removing screen access an hour before bed.