When we consider our mental wellbeing, it's important to understand that the brain and the body are integrally connected. Our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems work together to calm the body and the brain when we take intentional actions to support them. Taking mindful action promotes wellbeing, lifting the mood and promoting a lifestyle that offers increased energy, inner peace, and optimized opportunities for happiness. The following action steps can be taken in collaboration with your mental healthcare team to support optimal wellbeing as you take steps with your caregiver to heal.
* Get moving! Bilateral movement (any movement that requires the use of both sides of your body) Think walking, running, hiking, dancing, tapping, tai chi, HIIT, yoga or dynamic stretching.
* Spend time in nature. We are so lucky in Montana to have an abundance of wildness around us. Take advantage of that grace.
* Meditation, prayer, or simply turning to a place of inspired hope within the universe.
*Journaling in the direction of gratitude. List the good things that are happening in your life.
* REST! Everyone needs rest. Studies indicate that good sleep habits are paramount to wellness.
* Drink half your body weight in water each day. That might sound like a lot for some, but that's the goal! Many of us live life chronically dehydrated. Start with a sip of water infused with fresh fruit at the top of each hour. As your body gets used to getting enough water, you'll find yourself reaching for your water bottle more often.
* Learn to say "No". You can't be everything to everyone. It's okay to have limits.
* Self massage. It's good for your immune system, good for your muscles, good for your mood.
*Reach out to your therapist. Processing your thoughts and moving in a positive direction can be enhanced by the therapeutic relationship. Mental wellness can be proactive, and self-directed. You don't have to wait for warning signs to get support.