How to stay mentally fit

It may surprise you to know that keeping my mental health ship shape doesn’t just solely rely on a diet of reiki, crystal healing and meditation. I wish it did – that would be EASY!

Doing lots of reiki and crystal healing absolutely helps me to manage my mental health, and helps me to care for myself. It gives me the get up and go to dig deep and dive into my toolbox to make myself feel better.

When I first decided to get better, I started with reiki, crystals and meditation.

If you want to start taking positive steps to help yourself, get in touch or book yourself a few sessions with me and let’s get you started on the road to recovery.

Some of may know that I have suffered with mental health issues since at least being a teenager, although I didn’t recognise it as so until my 20s.

I suffer with anxiety and depression and, although I have learnt to manage it very well over the years, it will always be with me.

I have noticed that my mental health has become less stable this year, linked to the Global pandemic. I am definitely having more downs. I know many other people feel the same.

When you feel low, you don’t usually take good care of yourself. That’s natural – you just don’t feel like it.

However, if you want to learn how to manage your moods, you do need to help yourself. If you want to feel better, you (and only you) has the power to make this happen.

I wanted to do a little series on the ‘tools’ I have in my mental health first aid kit, and I’m starting with exercise because that’s what I did this morning to help relieve the massive weight of anxiety on my chest.

You don’t have to exercise in a gym – it could be as simple as going for a walk, walking up and down the stairs 10 times – whatever floats your boat. Just do something. Make it fit into your routine. Make time for yourself.

Benefits of Exercising

Hormones (the body’s chemicals) play an absolutely essential part in our mental health. Exercise helps to create production of essential hormones including:

  • Serotonin – the mood stabiliser
  • Dopamine – the reward chemical
  • Endorphin – the pain killer

Exercise gives you time away by yourself where you can empty your brain – even if you’re with other people you can plug in your headphones and get in the zone, or have a nice chat with people you like whilst walking in nature. There are so many positives.

Look after your body – keep those lungs and that heart strong. Use those muscles – maybe even make a more.

THE MORE YOU LOOK AFTER YOUR BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT THE MORE IT WILL LOOK AFTER YOU

It is easy to put barriers up to exercising. Tell me what your barriers are and I’ll give you some solutions. It is all about positive mindset. Acknowledge you feel rubbish, and then get on with making yourself feel better.

Here’s a little video I made this morning, displaying an alarming array of facial expressions : )

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