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Mental Health Practices for your Mind and Beyond

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While the month of May brings the topic of mental health into the spotlight, it’s crucial to remember that mental well-being requires attention every single day. 

By Eboni Gee

 

Despite the considerable strides in opening up public discourse around therapy and mental health, there is still an unfortunate stigma attached. Many people still feel a sense of shame or embarrassment when it comes to addressing their mental health. But mental health is a broad term that encompasses various aspects of human lives, including emotional, psychological, and social wellness. It is the driving force that influences thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, guiding every stage of life. Responses to stress, Interactions with others, and the ability to make healthy decisions are all deeply rooted in mental health.

In our fast-paced world, where days are often filled with long hours of work and endless to-do lists, it’s all too easy to overlook the vital need to sit quietly and center yourself. It’s time to change that narrative. Activities such as yoga, meditation, and spending time in nature are not only supportive of mental health but also promote overall well-being. 

Activities for your Mental Health

Yoga is a practice that can enhance any existing wellness routines already in place. The beauty of yoga is that it is accessible to everyone, regardless of fitness level, with numerous online resources. The National Institute of Health has stated that yoga can promote relaxation, reduce irritability, and improve efficiency, among other benefits. Harvard Health also suggests that yoga can strengthen the brain, potentially warding off age-related decline. Yoga, therefore, emerges as a fantastic choice for improving various areas of wellness and life. 

Meditation, too, is a straightforward and accessible way to reduce stress, as mentioned by the Mayo Clinic. It’s free, it doesn’t require any special equipment, and it can be practiced virtually anywhere. Meditation can be a healthy coping mechanism, creating more mental capacity to process stress more effectively. It can improve sleep, increase focus, and lower resting heart rates, leading to improved overall health.

Spending time in nature can also have a profoundly calming effect on our minds. Research into a practice known as ecotherapy, which involves outdoor activities, shows that it can provide significant mental health benefits, according to Mind.org. A study from PubMed suggests that exposure to nature can improve attention and have a restorative effect on the body.

In light of this, I challenge you to add just one of these activities to your routine this week. When adopting new habits, it’s best to start small and maintain consistency before adding more. Remember, this is for you, for your well-being, and for those who care about you. You might be surprised at how your positive changes can influence those around you and inspire them to follow suit.

 

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