Have you figured out yet that I’m a huge fan of “simple!?”
If something is too complicated or takes too much time, I just won’t keep it up.
So, in my quest for Quick and Uncomplicated, I’ve come up with 4 personal habits of mental health that are so Simple, I’ve been able to keep them up even amidst an out-of-state move.
Hello, exercise that doesn’t really feel like exercise! I rarely have time for formal exercise (not to mention I despise most types), but one thing that gets my body moving, looses up my muscles, calms my breathing, and sets me off on the right track for the day is a simple 5 minute morning stretch. Sometimes it’s in the quiet of the morning by myself, most of the time its with my 1 1/2 hanging on me and my 3 year old demanding food. It’s all good.
Ok, this one I’ll admit took me a while to actually try because it sounded way too “out there” but I’m kicking myself now for not starting it sooner. The fact of the matter is that our brain is a powerful tool and if we spend a majority of the time wiring our brain to complain and sulk, that’s what we are going to do. Taking the time to re-wire our brains by consciously thinking (and even better speaking) things that are hopeful, positive, and optimistic can help rewire our brains so it becomes 2nd nature.
3. Deep Breaths
Taking deep breaths slows down our heart rate and blood pressure which is vital when the cortisol is pumping and we just can’t seem to slow down. My favorite way to do this is accompanied by a “scent tent” with a drop of essential oil. Basically, I put a drop of calming oil in my hands, rub them together, cup them over my nose and mouth and take 3 deep breaths in and out. It takes less than 30seconds and can completely reset my mood/mindset.
Physical touch is important, especially if you are like me and it’s one of your love languages. Never underestimate the power of a quick cuddle with your partner, child, or pet!