The state of your mental wellness determines the quality of your life experience. I personally believe it's directly related to how connected you are with yourself.
Western society isn't set up for mental wellness, which is why so many people struggle with it. But the good news is that it's not hard to get re-connected with yourself.
In this article, I'm going to share five very powerful ways to begin bringing your mental wellness back into balance.
Why mental wellness is so important
Mental wellness is so important because it affects how you're able to show up in the world, how you allow or disallow energy to flow through you, and the state of your physical health.
We hear a lot about mental illness and that it pretty much renders a ton of people unable to be mentally well without medication, as if illness is not curable.
But the truth is that whether you have a mental illness or a physical one, it comes down to being an energy problem, since everything is energy.
The fascinating thing about mental health is that it truly controls your whole being. It's like the filter where your energy is processed and told where to go (or blocked).
Mental illness is a message, not a declaration of disability. And that message is from the higher self, asking you to come back into alignment with who you really are.
How to begin healing mentally
To begin healing mentally, one only needs to begin to make time for her or himself.
I think it's important to let go of any "I AM" statements that you may have that are currently hindering your mental health. Things like "I am depressed", "I am bipolar", "I am genetically prone to mental illness", etc.
You are not any of those things. YOU, as in your Being, is not anything other than all-powerful. We humans like to attach ourselves to labels which limit us, and it's simply not reality.
I have gone the route of pills and psychiatrists and claiming a bipolar diagnosis, but it wasn't until I took my own power back and began reconnecting with myself that I stepped back into my light.
To begin healing mentally, I'm inviting you to be open to the possibilities outside of what the world has told you is wrong with you.
5 ways to improve your mental wellness
None of this is an overnight fix, although within one month's time you will see dramatic improvement in your overall mental health and energy levels.
These practices are a lifestyle change, not a one-and-done type thing. They bring you back to yourself, connect and ground you, and open back up the energy flows in your whole field.
When mental health is suffering, it's a call to come back home to you. Here's five powerful ways to begin doing just that.
1. Spend quality time alone
As I often like to say, "Too many people don't get enough alone time and it shows."
Why alone time? Because it gives you a break from all the stimulation and energy input from the world. It allows you to just BE.
So many people who go from one conversation to the next, one tv show to social media platform, one loud place to another busy one.
How do you think this affects your nervous system? Your vibration level? And when you're on lower vibration levels, what quality are the thoughts you're receiving?
Time alone simply and foremost gives you a chance to breathe. To be still. To be with yourself. To allow your nervous system to destimulate.
Look at your schedule, daily and weekly, and see where you can begin fitting in time alone with yourself away from people, social media, and human energy of any kind (nature and animals are approved!).
2. Tend to your energy field
Speaking of energy (pretty sure I've already mentioned it a hundred times already), start tending to your energy field and watch how quickly you begin to feel better.
Everything is energy, from your thoughts and emotions to your physical body parts. We are vibrating light and pretty much empty space. This is why almost every single illness is curable.
Again, it's because everything is energy. If you've got an illness, you've got an energy problem. So how do you tend to your energy field? I thought you'd never ask.
Think in terms of resonance. Lower vibrations rise to resonate with higher ones. Here is a list of things and activities that help to stabilize, calibrate and increase your energy flow:
- standing barefoot on the earth
- touching a tree
- yoga/qigong/tai chi (clears energetic field)
- taking epsom salt baths/showers/being around water in general
- going for quiet walks
- exercise of any sort (gets energy moving)
- spending time in nature
- petting animals (their energy overall is more pure and of a higher vibration)
- deep breathing
- sound (bells, meditation bowls)
Just start incorporating a few of these into your weekly schedule. You don't need to spend hours a day tending to your energy. A little bit every day goes a long way.
3. Process your emotions
Since most people don't spend time alone in reflection, they're walking around with mounting unprocessed emotions which are wreaking havoc on their mental, emotional and physical health.
Processing your emotions on an on-going basis keeps the pipes unclogged. It helps release resentments, anger and feelings of guilt and shame.
There are many ways to process emotions, but the easy, good ol' fashioned way is through journaling. You don't need to be a writer or any kind of crap like that. Your writing doesn't even need to be legible.
You just need a journal, a pen and a willingness to be open and honest with yourself. Here are some journal prompts:
- Lately, I've been feeling very...
- This person/situation is making me feel...
- Where in my life have I felt these emotions before?
- Is there a pattern I'm repeating here? (There's nothing you need to do about this...just take note).
- I'm just so...(mad, sad, embarrassed, ashamed, hurt)
- Ways I want to begin feeling
- These activities really help to reset me
- People I feel safe to be me around
- What is overwhelming me right now? What/who do I need a break from?
I recommend journaling at least once a week in order to keep your emotional pipes flushed and cleared. This will have near immediate effects for your mental health.
4. Do things that make you feel good
So simple it almost seems ridiculous to have on this list, but it's sad yet true to say so many of us are NOT doing things that make us feel good! What's up with that?!
We're doing things that we should be doing, that we need to be doing, that we think others want us to be doing.
But we aren't taking very seriously the things we could be doing that make us feel good.
Start by asking yourself this simple but powerful question: what would be fun right now?
I got the idea from Abraham Hicks and I've used it with so much success over the past few years. What would be fun right now?!
Sometimes you might feel like slow cooking a beautiful meal for yourself. Other times you might feel like watching a movie you haven't seen in forever. Maybe you'd love to really connect with someone. Or maybe you'd love to go roller skating, dancing, out to eat, etc.
If you can make it happen, do it! Shut the laptop, turn the tv off, put the phone on silent and DO SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU FEEL ALIVE.
5. Take your needs seriously (self-care)
Now you know I couldn't end this without mentioning the ever-crucial, life-changing habit of self-care, did you?
Holistic self-care is a hundred times more than bubble baths and face masks. It is the daily awareness of taking care of yourself in the moment whenever possible.
It is constantly checking in with self and proceeding in ways that is the best choice for your overall health.
Sometimes that looks like going home early. Other times it looks like cleaning your living space. If the above question was "what would be fun right now?", self-care asks "what do I need right now?"
Do you need a cleaned living space? To catch up on sleep? Process your emotions? Move your body? Talk to someone? To be still?
No matter what your life situation or circumstance, you can find small ways to care for yourself throughout your day. You just have to get creative, intentional and determined.
Here are some self-care ideas:
- not checking social media
- drinking & eating things that make you feel good
- listening to inspiring audio books/podcasts
- decluttering your space
- adding more plants around your home/work space
- deep breathing in the moment, no matter where you are
- creating and holding boundaries
- doing inner child work
- setting your space up for self-care
- going to bed early
- spending time alone
- creating a morning and nightly self-care routine
This topic could really be turned into a book since there's so much more I could say, but I'll end here and invite you to pose any questions you have in the comments below.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and found something to take away with you.
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Jessica Dimas is the author of Self-Care for Moms Guide + Worksheet Bundle.