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A Holistic Approach to Mental Health: for Your Lifestyle

A Holistic Approach to Mental Health: for Your Lifestyle! Learn skills and techniques to help you implement lifestyle habits for positive mental health!Welcome back to the Holistic Approach to Mental Health Series! Today is the final section, with a focus on your lifestyle. If you have missed the previous posts you can read them here:


A Holistic Approach to Mental Health: for Your Lifestyle

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

As you’ve probably heard, it’s all small stuff. If we remember to break things down into smaller chunks, they are less likely to overwhelm us and we are able to cope with them better. If we remember to look for the positive in any situation, find the lesson to be learned, act with kindness and compassion, see life through a positive lens, we can recognize any situation as just one fleeting moment in a string of moments. Staying present to each moment allows us to avoid getting stuck in the past or obsessing over the future.

Here are some quotes from the book of the same name by author Richard Carlson…

“…when you let go of your expectations when you accept life as it is, you’re free. To hold on is to be serious and uptight. To let go is to lighten up.” 

 “True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.”

 “Life is a process–just one thing after another. When you lose it, just start again.” 

― Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life


How Important Is It?

How important is it that you vacuum the house today? Is this something you can let go of in favor of something more inspiring, empowering or fun today? Writing out your priorities and listing them in order of importance is a great way of getting a handle on what you can let go of for now, or for good. Considering what to do now, to do next, to do later, or to not do at all, is another trick that can help you get things in perspective and see that the thing that is worrying you will not kill you if you let it go…

Think about this: how important will this be in a year from now? If the answer is, “Not at all,” then this should go some way towards helping you to let go of it right now.


Surround Yourself With Positive People

Think about the people you surround yourself with. Do they pull you down? Do they complain a lot or talk about negative stuff a lot? Are they kind or mean? Think about the quality of your relationships. Do people drain you or uplift you? Support you or criticize you? If they aren’t good for you, they aren’t good friends!

And if it is time to move on, just send them love and blessings and release them from your lives, knowing that you will attract kinder, more loving friends in their place, when you make that your intention. You will feel more peace, more ease, and more well-being when you know you can connect with friends who really have your back.


Let Yourself Have Fun

The more you can find ways to have fun in your life, the better you will feel, in both mind and body. Fun is a great distraction. Your anxiety, your fears, your depression, your aches and pains, your fatigue, will all miraculously disappear when you can find ways to have fun. What makes you smile? What makes you laugh? Jokes, comedies, a funny pet move?

There is a reason they are so popular, anything that brings a smile to your heart or a warm glow to your heart counts as fun. Outright laughter is absolutely great therapy! If you can’t remember the last time you had a really good belly laugh, try laughter yoga! It’s a great ab workout! Happiness endorphins are released, your relaxation response kicks in and stress dissolves.


Put Yourself First

This may be something different from what you were taught. Maybe you believe it is selfish to put yourself first? That always putting others before yourself is the right way to go? However, when you take this philosophy, unless you are truly a saint, what tends to happen is that over time, unspoken resentments tend to build up, even if you are not consciously aware of them.

The “what about me?” voice slowly but surely makes itself felt in subtle, potentially negative ways.

Maybe you feel moody and down, or unhappy, without knowing why?

When you learn how to put yourself first, you naturally become a happier person. When you learn how to get your needs met, (in healthy ways that are not to the detriment of others, of course), when you place yourself higher up on the pecking order, you automatically feel better.

Then, by default, your cup will be full and you will have more to offer others, more to give others, and you will feel the enjoyment and satisfaction of doing so.

When your cup is empty from giving to others at the expense of your own well-being, you feel exhausted, burnt out and resentful and then when you keep on giving the negative downward spiral only worsens.

So put yourself first, it really is in everybody’s best interest.



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