Are You Mindful of Your Mental Health? Four Tips to Help You Get Through the Day
Do you practice what you preach? Or do you ignore the helpful counsel you give to your clients by failing to follow self-nurturing rituals that soothe body and mind? Going without while caring for others is not a new concept. Self-care, whatever form it takes, is an innate trait in humankind, but so is ignoring self-care for ourselves. Remember the tale of the cobbler’s shoeless children? It dates back hundreds of years so going without is not a modern invention.
This month, more than ever, is a time to reflect upon your personal well-being. May is Mental Awareness Month, and a perfect time to assess your self-care rituals. Some of you might already be aware of May’s unique honor, and perhaps you might have been offering special promotions or treatments throughout the month. Whether you already know about mental health month or not, take time right now and mark this bit of information in your calendar for next year. It will serve as a professional and personal reminder to acknowledge May as a time to educate and remind your community about the importance of good mental health.
As an energy healer, you are familiar with the connection between body and mind. It’s a balancing act requiring a give and take of physical and mental well-being. Achieving the delicate balance of the two for the average person doesn’t require years of training, but there should be some perceptive self-awareness about the importance of mental health.
As it concerns you as a business owner or sole practitioner, it’s important for you to be self-aware of the possible stressors that could throw you off-balance emotionally. Especially, with the business side of your practice, which might not be within your comfort zone. All the administrative and operational skills aren’t your expertise so it can easily stress you out. If that’s the case, the following four tips might be something to live by:
Start with taking control of your schedule. Before you overextend yourself with too many commitments, check your calendar. If you question whether you’ll have enough time, then maybe you should courteously say “no.” Try to take time at the onset of each month to record your schedule so you know what is planned for the month. When you’re in control of your life, you’ll be less likely to get overwhelmed and stressed.
You’ll feel capable as you check off each item on your day’s “to do” list. If it helps you as the day unfolds, first focus on the easier items on your list. You’re likely to feel more energized versus drained as you handle then hand off tasks you scheduled for the day. Even a small thing like organizing your desk drawer can motivate you to take on something requiring more mental energy.
Live with Mindfulness
Don’t just go through the day controlled by a checklist of things to do. Be purposeful about your time, energy and focus. Take time during the day to check in with yourself. Spend a few minutes to stop, breathe and assess yourself and your day. Ask yourself if you need anything to help improve the day or take a moment to celebrate “wins.”
Cultivate Professional Relationships
Community is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle. Through our personal networks we gain a sense of belonging, source of assistance and shared resources. We feel less alone through our interpersonal connections and feel a sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves.
In managing the stressors of your daily life, these suggestions could help to defray some of the pressure that you feel. You might think of some other ways to minimize the emotional strain that can build throughout a day. The object is to both manage the effect of stress on you but also to identify the triggers that add undo strain in your life. We might not be able to eliminate the things that overwhelm us, but we can manage how we react to and how we manage them