Are you over-stimulated, over-burdened, or over-worked? Do you feel overwhelmed and lost in a fog? You’re not alone. Overcoming these challenges can be accomplished. When focusing on holistic wellness, we must learn to make balanced and healthy choices. Based on our decisions, we can:
Stress Contributes to Chronic Conditions
Stress can cause us to make unhealthy decisions that contribute to unwanted feelings and conditions. Left unattended these conditions can become severe and have a long-lasting effect on the body and mind. Studies show that stress has been linked to chronic issues such as:
Lifestyle Measures to Encourage Mental Well-Being
Life is hectic. We’re bombarded with tasks to complete, responsibilities to maintain, and expectations that we force upon ourselves. Lifestyle measures that can contribute to (or hinder) our mental well-being include diet, exercise, and rest.
Proper eating habits, detoxification, elimination diets, and juice fasting can promote the functionality of the body’s elimination systems when there is an excess buildup of toxins (Haas, 2012). Removing excess toxins from our body encourages the proper metabolism of nutrients and may enhance our thought processes and decision-making skills. Herbs and supplements can also contribute to our physical and mental wellness. Exercise promotes the metabolism of nutrients and detoxification processes of the body. Cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart, increases heart-rate, and encourages oxygen flow (Booth, 2019). Exercise also releases endorphins that interact with receptors in the brain to make you feel good. Some styles of exercise, such as Yoga or Thai Chi, are devoted to physical wellness and mental awareness.
Rest is also essential to our mental wellness and decision-making skills. Everybody has different needs, but on average, people need approximately eight hours of sleep each night (Booth, 2019). You should also plan time for decompression and relaxation before bed. Your sleep phases will be less likely to be disrupted by an overactive mind.
Skills to Maintain Lifelong Mental Wellness
In addition to lifestyle measures, developing and regularly practicing skills to deal with stress appropriately will further promote mental wellness. We must make stress management part of our daily life. Developing skills for stress management takes time and practice. The more we practice, the easier it becomes to handle stress at the moment in which it transpires. We should never ignore or avoid stressful situations. Doing so can further congest your body and mind. To develop stress management skills, we can:
Mindful awareness skills help to develop an awareness of your surroundings, how you are affected by them, and how you react to them. Mindful awareness assessments contribute to stress reduction. They allow you to look at how you perceive your surroundings and how you should respond to them. An excellent e-course for learning mindfulness-based stress reduction skills is at www.palousemindfulness.com. It is free, and if you complete the workbook and return it, you’ll receive a certificate of completion.
Positive affirmations and positive thoughts can be challenging to develop when you’re dealing with stress and anxiety. I consider this one of the essential skills in learning to cope with stress and anxiety. Positive affirmations:
Stress is an unavoidable part of life, and we cannot altogether escape it. We can, however, reduce life stressors by making healthy choices surrounding our lifestyle. We can also combat and overcome uncontrollable stressors by learning and practicing stress management skills.
Focusing on healthy options, keeping our thoughts positive, and practicing stress management skills:
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