It's always a great time to start taking care of yourself, but there’s something about spring that breathes new life into who we are and who we want to be. It's Mental Health Awareness Month and National Meditation Month and we want to encourage you guys to start living the healthiest version of you... mind, body, and spirit. As a female-focused brand, we understand how hard it is to deal with the pressures of everyday life and think it’s important to help our fellow lady gang to feel their best selves!
So often we as a society discuss physical health and appearance but shy away from discussing mental health because it can feel like an uncomfortable topic. We get it, being vulnerable is hard and putting up protective walls is a surefire way to feel shielded against peoples judgments, but it can actually do you a disservice. No one should ever feel embarrassed to discuss something so important.
Mental health and physical health are often thought of as separate entities, but the two go hand in hand. In fact, the World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. About 1 in 5 people struggle with mental illness and it is more than just being depressed, it covers a wide range of problems spanning from ones that affect mood to those that affect thinking or behavior. Diet, nutrition, sleep, stress, and exercise can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing and if you think it doesn’t affect you physically think again! Your mental health can absolutely affect your physical health and can lead to complications including heart disease, high blood pressure, weakened immune system, asthma, obesity and can even affect your vaginal health. Abnormal discharge, recurring yeast infections, painful sex, and pelvic pain are some ways your vagina could be telling you to check in on your mental wellbeing.
Here are 4 ways you can improve your mental health, so that you can be the happiest, healthiest version of yourself.
Exercise Regularly – Exercise can release feel-good chemicals in your brain including endorphins and serotonin that can ease anxiety and depression. Try for 30 minutes of exercise 3-4 times a week. If hardcore boot camp classes aren’t your thing try a more mindful practice like yoga.
Healthy Diet & Nutrition – Skipping meals is a big no-no, it can leave you feeling fatigued and will have you wanting to make poor snacking decisions. Diets centered on processed, high calorie, low nutrient foods have been linked to depression and anxiety. Including veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and healthy fats into your diet will not only have you feeling good physically but also mentally.
Meditate - With amazing apps out there you can download to your phone including Headspace all you need is 5-10 minutes of quiet time to focus on your breath which can really calm you down and put you in a better frame of mind. If meditation isn't your thing, just being mindful will allow you to sleep better, feel less anxious, concentrate more and even relieve chronic pain! Wondering how to stay mindful? Practice gratitude and manifest your week ahead. Practicing gratitude can decrease stress levels and increase satisfaction with your life. You don't have to have a perfect life to feel thankful for it!
Find support – There shouldn’t be a stigma around mental health! Reaching out to friends or family if you need help is super brave and should be celebrated. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your closest circle, consider talking to an unbiased person like a therapist - sometimes leaving it to the professionals is a good idea! Stay brave girl, you got this!