In honor of mental health month, I thought I’d share a few of my go-to tools to support mental well-being.
In some cases, taking care of your spiritual wellness can mean seeking professional help, but it can also mean taking some simple steps to boost our emotional health. By making just a few simple changes, you can improve mental well-being
Let’s Get Started:
Is one of the most efficient ways to improve your emotional health; it can be an immediate mood booster. Regular exercise can have a positive impact on many ailments like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and it is also an excellent stress reliever.
Getting enough rest is critical for our mental well-being. Not getting enough sleep can cause irritability, forgetfulness, mood swings and chronic sleep loss can even cause depression. Arianna Huffington wrote a fabulous book on the importance of sleep The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life. “Arianna shows that sleep is not just vital for our health, but also critical to helping us achieve our goals. Sometimes we need to sleep in to lean in!”-Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In
Eating Healthy –
If we are not adding the right fuel to our bodies how can we expect them to run properly? A healthy diet is another key component to achieving emotional wellness. Foods like carbohydrates (in limited amounts) increase serotonin, a brain chemical that has a calming effect on your mood. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients that feed every part of our bodies, including those that affect mood regulation. Foods rich in omega-3 have been found to improve cognitive deficiencies and improve mood.
Carve Out “Me Time” –
So many of us are running all day. We NEVER seem to have enough time; especially for ourselves. Well, I am here to tell you that is complete and utter BS; your body and mind NEED time to replenish themselves. If you continue your face paced lifestyle, you will run out of gas and then you will not be much good to your family, your boss, etc. Carve out at least thirty minutes a day to start and gradually work up to sixty minutes. (divide the 60-minutes up if you must) Shut-down the phone, close the laptop and have the kids take a nap. You will be so much more productive if you care for yourself first.
Find A Community –
Relationships are crucial for optimal spiritual wellness. I joined a small group at our church, and it has made such a difference in my emotional wellness. For me to know that at any given moment I can text, call or even meet up for coffee with women who care about my family and me has been a real boost to my emotional wellness! Strong relationships grant us long, healthy, and happy lives. Conversely, the health risks of going it alone in life are comparable to the risks associated with high blood pressure, alcohol abuse, and obesity. Surround yourself with good people your health depends on it!
Our family serves on a weekly basis. Even though we are assisting others in need, our service helps each of us reduce stress, combat depression, while providing us with a sense of purpose.
Get Help If You Need It –
Asking for help when you need it, is NEVER a sign of weakness it is a sign of STRENGTH. Read that again if you must!
Now, let us talk essential oils. These essential oils can either be diffused or added topically with a carrier oil. Below are just a few of my favorites.
Here Are Oils that Support Our Mental Well-Being:
Has been used for centuries to reduce stress, improve concentration, alleviate insomnia, and bring balance.
Several research studies support orange essential oils properties may ease anxiety and stress.
Recent studies have shown sandalwood is helpful for individuals who suffer from anxiety, stress, and insomnia
Clary Sage –
Has shown to be helpful for focus, calming the nerves and hormone balance.
Has a sedative effect, calming and also helps with insomnia.
Supports balance, eases anxiety and uplifting
Ylang Ylang –
Boosts confidence, mood while helping fight depression
Allows us to find clarity, relieves anxiety and stress.
Supports the nervous system this is very important for people who suffer depression, anxiety, and stress.
There isn’t a person out there that knows your symptoms better than you, so it is best that you choose the oil(s) that is/are best suited for you. Adding essential oils does not mean you discontinue the use of prescribed medication without a doctor’s consent. Essential oils are only to be used to support your current protocol.
I am sure we can add a dozen more ways we can improve our emotional wellness and mental well-being, so if you have some suggestions please share them in our comments section below!
See you back here this time next month for the next installment of my Essential Oils for Everyday Living series!
Author’s Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product(s) is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.