Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Beautiful Mind

Taking some time for yourself in a quiet spot can be very important to maintaining mental health.
Looking after the health of your mind is an important part of your road to balance and well-being especially with the holidays coming up. Maintaining mental health is extremely important. Here are some ways to make your mind beautiful to match your beautiful body.

* Improve your diet: What you eat and drink can protect against feelings of anxiety and depression.
   Cut back on refined sugar, white flour and alcohol. It really will make you feel better!

*Maintain friendships: Just listening and talking to friends who are feeling down can make a huge difference-for you and for them. With email and cell phones you have no excuse not to!

*Exercise: The effects of exercise on mood are immediate. Whether it is a workout in the gym or a simple walk or bike ride, exercise is uplifting and it can be a great social activity. It's kind of contagious too. If you start and you talk about it to others, you may motivate them to join you.

*Rest: Sleep is essential to our health. Sleeping is the time when your body can renew and rebuild its physical and mental energy. If you have problems relaxing and falling asleep, perhaps Gathered From the Garden's  Sleep Well Blend (essential oils) can help you find your peace.

*Laugh: A good laugh does amazing things for the mind and soul.

*Cry: It's good to let everything out of your system and to release pent up feelings. Most of the time, we feel much better after we have allowed ourselves to cry.

*Take a bath: The mental health benefits of a comforting bath are well known. Allow yourself to escape in a soothing aroma infused bath. It will help you reset and re-energize. Try Gathered's Stress Relief Blend in your ritual and experience the power of the bath.

*Make time for you: Make time for your hobbies and interests. Scheduling time for yourself is sometimes hard, but it will increase a positive attitude and self image.  Even if it's just a few minutes a day.

One of my goals is to have a more relaxing, enjoyable holiday season. I think that by trying the above ideas I will meet that goal. Do you have ideas to add?
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