With Spring in full swing, it’s time to embrace this vibrant season! Springtime often inspires us to get outside or declutter our homes and yards. Let’s face it, by the time spring comes around our home isn’t the only thing in need of a good cleanse. Here’s something new to try – how about a little spring cleaning for your mind?
You often hear about mental and physical health being discussed separately, but they are linked in more ways than you probably know. For example, some studies suggest that chronic inflammation may cause depression. Others have found that mental illness can affect physical health, or lead to symptoms of chronic pain. The role of exercise in fighting mental illness is well documented.
Here are some ways you can work on your mental health today:
1. Practice Mindful Communication
Communication shapes our lives and in a world with lots of noise, conscious and active listening becomes increasingly difficult. Listening and being present when other people are talking is the most important form of mindful communication. How distracting is it when you are telling someone a story and they are checking their smartphone, watching TV or engaging in anything else? In today’s environment, it’s more important than ever to practice mindful communication. If you’re looking to learn how you can communicate more mindfully, Alister Gray’s video on Mindful Communication shares some mindful measures you can take to help you communicate more effectively with friends, family and co-workers.
2. Honestly Healthy Cooking
Say goodbye to those bad winter eating habits. If foods like rich soups, carb-heavy pastas, and feel-good desserts have become menu staples in your household, it’s time to clean out your pantry and clean up your eating habits. To get back on track try Chris Mohr’s 21-Day Nutrition Reboot Program and you will find that you will feel healthier and more energized. This program will jumpstart your weight loss journey and teach you the necessary tools for mastering your eating habits.
3. Ditch the Bad Habits
Just as our body is the sum of the cells in it, habits are essential building blocks in our lives and the good news is, we are in control of changing them! If we want to be happier, healthier, or less stressed, we just need to master the ability to change our habits. And while changing habits may sound daunting, once you break it down into bite size pieces it’s really much simpler than it sounds. A great place to start is with Grokker Expert Alister Gray and his video on how to Create Success Through Habits. He will guide you through a short meditation followed by some self-reflective writing. Need some extra motivation? Here are some additional tips to help you build healthy habits.
4. Introduce Mindfulness in Everyday
Meditation is a great way to help cleanse and nourish your mind. Meditation should be part of your exercise routine to help rinse your mind of any negative thoughts or worries and nourish it with a relaxed inner focus. If you’re new to meditation, try Mindful Body Relaxation or How to Switch Off The Mind with Grokker Expert, Dr. Catherine Wikholm.