At Calm, we specialize in the mind-body connection and the power of holistic medicine to address all things mental health. May is Mental Health Month, so we wanted to provide resources for simple mental health practices that you can put into place for you and the whole family every day.
Mental health affects all of us, yet there is still a stigma around discussing it openly. We all experience stress and have our struggles with anxiety and depression, but we often don’t address them head-on or don’t know how to.
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to put our mental health on the back burner. We may prioritize family, work, school, or other obligations over our own well-being. But the truth is, prioritizing our mental health is crucial for our overall quality of life. And while seeking professional help, such as therapy, can be beneficial, it’s important to remember that the most powerful medicine is the one you take every day – that’s why self-care practices at home are so important.
Here are some easy ways to get started:
1. Mindful Breathing
As we navigate through the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s important to take a moment to breathe and find peace in the present moment. One powerful way to do this is through mindful breathing.
- Find a quiet space where you can sit or lie down comfortably.
- Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, focusing on the sensation of the air filling your lungs and leaving your body.
- As you inhale, visualize positive energy and relaxation flowing into your body.
- As you exhale, release any tension or negativity that you may be holding onto.
- Stay with the stillness for a few more moments, before returning to your day.
Practicing mindful breathing for just a few minutes each day can help reduce stress, promote mental clarity, and increase your overall sense of well-being. Give it a try and see how it can transform your day.
2. Daily (yet simple) Gratitude Practice
As we welcome the beauty of spring and summer months, take a moment to reconnect with nature and find peace in the present moment. You can start your day on a peaceful note by spending a few minutes outside, enjoying your favorite tea or coffee on the deck, or taking a refreshing walk around your neighborhood.
Take it up a notch by taking off your shoes and feeling the earth beneath your feet. This simple grounding can help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm. Another powerful way to cultivate a positive mindset is to keep a gratitude journal. By regularly writing down your thoughts, feelings, and goals, you can promote mental resilience and train your brain to focus on the positive. Try it out and see how it transforms your outlook on life.
3. Introduce Your Kids to Mindfulness with Fun and Playful Yoga Poses
Yoga is a great way to reduce stress, and it’s not just for adults. Kids can benefit from the calming effects of yoga too.
Yoga can help kids develop greater focus and self-awareness, improve their flexibility and balance, and promote a sense of calm and relaxation. It’s also a fun way to bond as a family and create some wonderful memories together.
Many yoga studios offer classes specifically for kids, which can be a great way to introduce them to the practice in a safe and supportive environment. Alternatively, you can also try out some online yoga videos designed for kids! Here are a few of our favorites:
4. Incorporating Foods with Omegas for Brain Health
Certain foods can support brain health and enhance your mood. Preliminary research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may play a role in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, while also improving cognitive function. Try incorporating more foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, walnuts, and chia seeds into your diet.
Sneaking in a few pieces of spinach into your morning smoothie or omelet can also give you a daily dose of brain-boosting nutrients. Additionally, foods rich in B vitamins, such as leafy greens and whole grains, can also help to support brain function.
5. Move to Release It
Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore – it can be something you genuinely look forward to. Maybe it’s a heart-pumping Orange Theory session, a relaxing yoga class, or simply a walk around the neighborhood. Whatever it is, make it a priority to move your body regularly.
Researchers are calling for exercise to be a mainstay approach for managing depression as studies shows that physical activity is 1.5 times more effective than counseling or the leading medications and can help to reduce anxiety and depression by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural mood boosters. Additionally, getting outside and connecting with nature can have a calming effect on the mind and body. So, next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, try moving your body to release it. You might be surprised by how much better you feel afterward!
Make this Your Happiest Spring Yet
Taking care of your mental health should be a top priority, especially during Mental Health Month. By incorporating holistic practices like acupuncture, mindfulness, and yoga, along with healthy lifestyle choices like a balanced diet and regular exercise, you can reduce stress and anxiety and live a happier, healthier life.
At Calm San Diego, we specialize in providing transformative therapies like acupuncture, which can help to balance your energy and promote relaxation. Our team is here to guide you on your mental health journey, helping you to find the solutions that work best for you.
So why not make this your happiest spring yet? Take the first step towards better mental health by scheduling a consultation with Calm San Diego. We’re here to listen to your story and health concerns and help you relax and reset. With our support, you can create a calmer, happier life for yourself.