TAKING A BREAK
*FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Cooking is a wonderful way to give yourself a break and center yourself in the present moment. Cooking is an act of patience, mindfulness, an outlet for creative expression, a moment to engage with your senses and a wonderful boost for your self esteem. Take time to this month to disconnect from the outside noise, follow a recipe at your own pace and allow yourself the space to cook something delicious for yourself
*GET CREATIVE: A 2015 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology showed that being creative can increase positive emotions, lessen depressive symptoms, reduce stress, decrease anxiety, and even improve immune system functioning. Whether it is taking time in your day to draw, write, sing, paint or dance – the act of being creative in any capacity is a fantastic way to take a break and alleviate day to day pressure.
*STRETCH IT OUT: Whether we are constantly running around on our feet or chained to a desk all day long, it is so important for both our physical and mental state to nurture our bodies gently. Stretching is a wonderful way to do so, alleviating the mental and physical tension we tend to carry in our day to fay lives. Here is a stretch to try this month:Thread the Needle: Begin on all fours. Reach right arm underneath body, allowing right shoulder and temple to release to the ground. Allow left hand to stay where it is, or crawl it a bit to the right toward head. Stay here for 5 deep breaths. Repeat on opposite side.
*TAKE A STROLL: You knew it was coming! At Mental Health Mates, we know from experience that one of the best ways to take time for yourself is the simple act of Walking. This can be anything from doing a loop around your local park to planning a walk through a famous walking path. Studies have shown that Walking helps to reduce stress, regulate anxiety and help you to feel more positive about the world around you.