When the world around you feels chaotic, it’s easy for your physical and mental health to suffer. External influences can find their way in like a trojan horse and attack from the inside out. Unfortunately, when this happens, we experience a lack of motivation to make choices that have positive impacts on our health. Before we know it we are suffering from physical pain, unhealthy habits, even depression. Thankfully, with some intention, we can find ourselves back on track instead of waiting for the world to fix itself.
Self-Care is Paramount
When you notice your mental health is slipping, it is critical to take care of yourself before negative habits spiral out of control. Understand, it’s not about “fixing” yourself. It’s about feeling at peace. There’s no judgment here. Only love and care. So how do you start? One of the best ways is to start with meditation. Many people find this to be a difficult habit to begin because, let’s face it, our bodies are not wired to sit still for long periods of time. However, even starting your day with ten minutes of meditation sets you on a more positive path. At the end of the day, reflect on three positive things that happened. Some days that may be harder than others, but if you dig deep, you will find gratitude. Did someone let you change lanes on the freeway rather than cutting you off? Were you able to show restraint at work when you wanted to give a sarcastic reply, risking hurting someone? These are things to be grateful for. Finally, learn when to say no. For some saying no is terrifying, but when you are honoring your own needs, it is so liberating.
Get Your Body Moving
Countless studies have proven the positive link between physical exercise and a boost in mental health. Providing your body with oxygen and stress reducing hormones through exercise boosts your health in a variety of ways. You’ll see results such as improved sleep and mood, a reduction in physical pain, and even a positive influence on disease. A professional physiotherapist assesses your body’s needs to come up with a customized program. Not only do they aim to offer results but also to protect you from risk of injury from using the wrong techniques. At Impact Physio & Sport Clinic, your physiotherapist will gather information about your medical history, concerns, and goals to design a customized program to fit your needs. Soon, you will move out of the patterns you have fallen into and create the healthy life you desire.
Bring it Back into Alignment
What comes to mind when you hear the word “chiropractor”? If you are like many people, you may consider them to focus mainly on back and neck pain. The truth is, most chiropractors study the mind-body connection. They recognize the connection between the spine and nervous system, and when out of alignment, they can wreak havoc on both your physical and mental health. Regular chiropractic visits can help not only with pain management, but boost your mental health by realigning your nervous system. Kilian Chiropractic offers a variety of chiropractic services to treat pain and injury, but they also provide massage services, too. If you are looking for relaxation or soft tissue treatment, this could be just what you need.
Check Your Diet
What you put into your body matters. You don’t have to go to extremes adopting a fad diet, but your food should nourish you. The principle is simple: food from the natural world is a much better choice than anything made in a factory. Likewise, if it is cooked in your home kitchen, you will receive more nourishment than if it is cooked in a restaurant of any kind. The problem is, somehow we’ve made what we eat so complicated that many people have simply given up on trying to figure out what to eat. There is no shortage of information on healthy foods if you look for it. In fact, the information itself can become overwhelming. The key is to start simple and begin experimenting. Slowly you will discover your preferences. Just remember that the idea is to find healthy foods you can swap and enjoy the process.
Wellness looks at the person as a whole. It understands that your physical health is just as important as your mental health, and vice versa. In some situations, you may find benefits in talk therapy, as well. The most important thing to remember is that you are your own advocate. You have exactly what it takes to heal as long as you are willing to take the steps.