Life can be difficult at times, whether we like to admit it or not. In truth, for some of us, it's not just difficult, but we're always looking for solutions, helpful hints, and strategies to cope with negative situations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published an article describing research into ‘Complementary and Alternative Medicine’. “According to a new nationwide government survey, 36 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 years and over use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)”, the CDC reports. Matter of fact, “the number of U.S. adults using some form of CAM in the past year rises to 62 percent”, the report continued. That said, as we stated in our opening phrase, life can be difficult at times, whether we like to admit it or not, and most of us are looking for ways to cope. We've included a list of 5 mental wellness activities and habits to improve yourmental health goals.
1. Find a Friendly Companion
“Sometimes the best medicine is a dog who thinks their love can cure you.” - (Dog Mom Vibes Blog)
While it is true that "a dog is man's best friend," we are realizing that dogs aren't the only animals who give us great comfort. Not to be confused with Service Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs are currently one of the most popular ways to recover from stress, trauma (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and even specific phobias. Animals, particularly dogs, have been shown in studies to aid in producing neurotransmitters that make people happy” (Kentucky Counseling Center). Other advantages include offering social support and stabilizing intense emotions. People who can benefit the most from support animals include, but are not limited to, children and teens who suffer from depression, psychiatric patience, war veterans, active-duty soldiers, and university students.
Learn More About ESA: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/everything-about-emotional-support-animals/
2. Physically Release Tension:
“When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” - (Tich Nhat Hanh)
We accumulate stress in our bodies whenever we are anxious, angry, disturbed, depressed, sad, worried, irritated, hungry, sleep-deprived, or any other negative emotion. Our bodies, like our minds, have a long memory, and there are pressure areas on our bodies that might heighten emotional reactions simply because the tension hasn't been released. Yoga, meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic help, stretching, massages, working out, and any other activity that includes bodily movement might help you relax.
3. Controlled Breathing
"Numerous studies in health psychology and clinical treatment have demonstrated that diaphragmatic breathing is an effective relaxation technique in complementary and alternative medicine, with beneficial effects on physical and mental health" (The Effect of Diaphragmatic Breathing on Attention, Negative Affect, and Stress in Healthy Adults-Cahalin et al., 2002; Tsang et al., 2015; Chen et al., 2016)
The tightness in our bodies, like point #2, can have a detrimental impact on how we feel. In this scenario, when we are stressed, we contract our muscles, which reduces the amount of oxygen flowing through our bodies. Most of us aren't even aware that we're breathing much shallower than we should be. Doing activities that focus on diaphragmatic breathing techniques can improve your mood by allowing you to expand your belly, exhale deeply, release tension, and calm nerves—all while being a helpful mind/body solution for stress management. Activities that focus on these techniques include yoga, meditation, reiki healing, tai chi, and even prayer (if you are spiritual).
Learn More About Controlled Breathing: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5455070/#B13
4. Absorb Healthy Botanicals.
“Plants talk to us at all levels, molecule to molecule and spirit to spirit. They facilitate healing that is potent, profound, and life-affirming.” - (Marlene Adelmann)
Pharmaceutical firms have had an incalculable impact on modern medicine as a civilization. Every ailment appears to be accompanied by a miracle medicine that will make you feel better. However, the lack of accessibility, the high cost, and the severe symptoms of some of the drugs that are supplied to battle illness are not highlighted as frequently. The use of herbalism, sometimes known as botanical medicine, is regaining popularity. "[People have] has sought out plants with medicinal properties since time immemorial. Evidence of this are the thousand-year-old traditions and records of popular healing", the article continues. (Herbalism n. The knowledge or practice of healing with plants.
Learn More About Herbalism: https://theherbalacademy.com/about-herbalism/
5. A Change in Diet.
"When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need." - (Ayurvedic Proverb)
Pay attention to what you eat. We all have different dietary restrictions, but one thing that is constant is that certain foods are more likely to harm our bodies and minds. When considering the connection between the brain and the stomach, it's vital to realize that 90 percent of serotonin receptors are found in the gut, according to Harvard Health Publishing by Harvard Medical School. "In the relatively new field of nutritional psychiatry, we help patients understand how gut health and diet can positively or negatively affect their mood” (Uma Naidoo, Gut Feelings: How food affects your mood). Foods that have been listed as antidepressant nutrients “related to the prevention and treatment of depression” (Gut Feelings: How food affects your mood) include, oysters, mussels, salmon, watercress, spinach, romaine lettuce, cauliflower.
Learn More About Suggestions for a Healthier Gut And Improved Mood: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/gut-feelings-how-food-affects-your-mood-2018120715548
It gives me great pleasure to provide any wellness-related information. My coworkers at Payroll Network and GovConPay and I recognize the value of sharing wellness information and encouraging one another to live happier lives. Life can be difficult at times, and I don't have the capacity to change that. However, it is my hope that by implementing these mental health activities, someone would be inspired to take charge of what we do have control over, which is the potential to improve ourselves, our mental and physical health, and our overall wellness. May love and happiness find you wherever you are. Please contact us if you or your team needs assistance in improving business culture or promoting personal wellness in your staff. We welcome your feedback in the section below.