Real Talk: Mental Health and Finding Peace

Mental health has become an acceptable and encouraged topic of discussion in today’s world, and I gotta say, I honestly couldn’t be happier about this shift. The fact of the matter is, we ALL struggle with mental health issues to some extent. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or just temporary moments of struggle, no matter how shiny someone’s life looks, everyone feels down or off sometimes.

The most isolating and harmful thing a person can feel when they’re suffering from emotional imbalance is that they are alone in this - that everyone else has it figured out. It’s possible to be a positive, energetic, spirited human being and still experience anxiety. You can see the glass as half full, but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to pour the whole thing down the drain some nights. We each have our own battles and our own victories and it’s important to be honest about where we are at, so we can get to where we want to be.

Sometimes life can become overwhelming and issues will pop up from what seems out of nowhere. These are the moments when having a toolbox of little reminders is helpful. So here are seven easy things you can incorporate into your day to feel better. Add a few in at a time and see if you notice a difference. There is no one answer for improving mood and decreasing anxiety, but I have found these to be helpful and I hope you do to.

↠ Drink a large glass of water right when you wake up. This will get your insides moving and rehydrate you from a night’s sleep.
↠ Take 5 minutes of stillness and 5 minutes of gentle movement/stretching in the morning. Put on relaxing music or listen to a guided meditation. It doesn’t have to be in silence, but give yourself those 10 minutes.
↠ Try to include some greens in your day. Blend kale into your smoothie, have a salad for lunch, sauté up some collard greens for dinner. At least once a day, consciously consume some green goodness.
↠ Spend at least 10 minutes outside with no distractions. Take a walk around your block. Go outside during your lunch break. Listen to the sounds and feel the ground on your feet. We are so lucky to live on this planet. Take a moment to appreciate it. ↠ Don’t underestimate the power of play. Blast some music and dance in your kitchen. Go run around with your dog, or your neighbors dog. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
↠ Tell a friend of family member how much they mean to you. Gratitude is powerful.
↠ Instead of being on your phone before bed, dedicate 30 minutes to diving into that book you’ve always wanted to read.
↠ Hug yourself, give yourself a break, forgive yourself, tell yourself you’re beautiful. Direct self-love practices like this release hormones in the brain that help with anxiety and tension. Keep showing up for yourself. Don’t undervalue its importance.

I hope you find some peace in these little reminders. I hope you feel the ebb and flow of your emotions with clarity and calm. Settle in. Embrace it. And when it passes, keep striving for more. This world is filled with so much opportunity for growth and expansion. Squeeze out as much as you can.

your soul. your body.

is as strong as mountains.

you can take air from people’s lungs

and give it back in the same breath.

you are filled with unmovable strength.
you are the boulder that shakes the earth.

the crown that kisses the clouds.

you are filled with glorious

and valleys

that hold entire ecosystems.

entire rainstorms.

never apologize for taking up space.

you were meant to be this grand


force of nature.

-  earthling  

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