Mental Wellness Journey

Like any other journey, I am still on this one.  Finding mental space is so hard in a busy world and with our busy family of five.  I have done so many things in the past to help me with my mental wellness, but here are the things that have worked the best:

EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE.  We all know ya gerl is an exercise fanatic.  I love to stay in shape, but mentally, it is a huge outlet for me.  It feeds into my natural desire to push myself and see what I am capable of.  The mental challenge of physically challenging myself strangely calms me.  I need those endorphins like nobody’s business!

MEDITATION.  This one came to me after the birth of my second child.  I started by doing the Transcendental Meditation course.  I found huge success with that in just a few weeks.  When I moved to Chicago, I went to Chill Chicago every week and did back to back meditation classes every Sunday morning for a year.  Now my meditation has morphed into plain stillness alone with breathing (sometimes with a mantra), and using apps like Headspace (I LOVE a guided meditation).  I also will listen to soothing sounds on YouTube from Jason Stephenson.  I find that doing yoga before I meditate, even just for 10 or 15 minutes (like yoga was intended for!), really helps me get deeper.  I have also done an organized meditation retreat, but frequently take meditative hours or evenings in which (before covid), I would do an evening meditation workshop, followed by a massage or more personal meditation. 

Mindful Games Card Deck with the kids – https://amzn.to/2WRzcXk

SUPPLEMENTS.  I truly believe in the wonders of Omega-3 and Vitamin D.  I find that it really helps me stay grounded throughout the year, especially in a city where nature and sun is limited.  Omega-3 is known to help with depression and overall mental function.  Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin and helps with mood regulation.  These in combination are my go-to, especially in the winter.

HEALTHY DIET.  For me, that means really keeping sweets in check.  I have a healthy diet overall- lots of greens, high-quality foods, minimally processed foods- but keeping refined sugar and sweets down to a minimum really helps me stay mentally even throughout the day since my blood sugar stays stable.  

My favorite healthy smoothie – http://bit.ly/2POifco

DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF.  When I was younger, I used to sweat every little thing!  What I was wearing if I went out, what to pack for a trip, if the kids spilled something on the floor… everything!  Now, since I have my arsenal of tools from above, it is mostly just smooth.  Don’t get me wrong, shit pisses me off, but I don’t dwell on it.  I just let it roll.  Life happens and you just have to deal with it as it comes and having a cool head about it just makes you get through it quicker and doesn’t waste time.  And ya gerl does NOT like to waste time!  Too much to do!

Apps that I love for mental wellness:

Headspace – https://www.headspace.com/

Buddhify – https://buddhify.com/

Relax Melodies – https://www.relaxmelodies.com/

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