When striving towards our optimum health and wellbeing, mental and emotional health is often left on the sidelines. But in order to be the best versions of ourselves, it is vital to incorporate practices into our lives that consider a whole body, mind and spirit approach.
Feeling anxious, frantic and out of control? Experiencing episodes of deep sadness, lack of motivation and self-deprecating thoughts?
I’m here to tell you that you are not alone and that there are steps you can take TODAY to bring more love, clarity and acceptance into your life. Make the decision to start NOW. The sooner you begin, the closer you are to your goals.
Step 1: Cultivate a daily movement practice
It is no surprise that exercise and movement supports emotional well-being and our overall happiness.
Studies show that twenty-one minutes is all it takes for exercise to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
There is an abundance of different forms of physical activities to explore from weightlifting, yoga, running and swimming to hiking, hula hooping or having a one person dance party to your favorite songs.
Consider taking a walk around your neighborhood or a nearby park and receive the benefits of breathing fresh air and expressing gratitude to the natural world around you. Stay open-minded and find one or many forms of movement that excite you!
Step 2: Make time for self care
We are all gifted with our own individuality, so your regime or needs around self-care will be just as unique and diverse as your own interests and passions.
Self care is the foundation for manifesting your dreams into reality.
When visited by a case of the blues, give yourself permission to take care of you. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup, so before considering showing up for anyone else, put yourself first.
~ Maybe this means taking a hot bath with lavender essential oil, which has been proven to ease the symptoms of anxiety and stress.
~ Build a nest out of blankets on the floor and listen to a playlist of uplifting and positive songs that are aligned with your true goals and intentions of happiness.
~ Take time to journal or sketch what it is that you are experiencing internally. Take the time to be present and feel your emotions.
Comfort and tend to yourself as you would if you were a small child.
We often hear the call and need from the world for more compassion, patience and kindness. Who better to begin with than ourselves? You are deserving and worthy of your own love and care.
Step 3: Practice daily affirmations
Our emotional state is often influenced by the limiting beliefs and thoughts dished out by our inner critic. These thoughts can be self-deprecating, judgmental and downright cruel at times. It will be of little surprise that we feel discouraged and depressed when we take the time to witness our inner attitude and condition of our self worth. Just like how we can transform our bodies through proper diet and exercise, we too can shape the way we perceive ourselves. Our actions are results of our thoughts, so we must switch them from negative and doubtful to positive and hopeful.
Each morning when you wake up say to yourself, “I love you.”
When you are facing yourself in the mirror try “I accept myself unconditionally” or “I deserve to be happy and healthy.”
Practice this for 30 days straight and see if you see a shift in your feelings and overall self-image. Try to incorporate affirmations throughout the day. You can write them down or on sticky notes where you can see them and be reminded of your worth, say them out loud when looking in a mirror and share them with your loved ones.
You are worthy of happiness.
The path to emotional well-being is a lifelong venture of self-acceptance, healing and unconditional love. Like most things in life, there will be ups and downs. If you slip and fall into ruts or old habits, it’s okay!
Be gentle with yourself. Remember to breathe, say “I love you” to yourself and know that there is an abundance of support for you in the world. While a complete transformation is not guaranteed overnight, it’s a process well worth pursuing.
You are deserving of all of life’s blessing.
Happiness is possible.