Today, my mom and I enjoyed the Waimano Trail in Pearl City. It’s a two and a half mile trail that takes an hour and a half. You traverse down and it loops around, with beautiful bird watching, mature foliage, and overgrowth.
Supporting each other is vital to creating the understanding world we need…
Despite all of the negative ramifications of the coronavirus, one thing that I’m thankful for is the amount of awareness being raised surrounding mental health.
What Is Mental Health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
One can experience difficulties with their mental health that would cause their thinking, mood, and behavior to be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health, including:
Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
Achieving and maintaining positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential, to cope with the stresses of life, to work productively, and to make meaningful contributions to their communities.
Ways to maintain mental wellness include: getting professional help when needed, connecting with others, staying positive, being physically active, helping others, getting good sleep, and developing coping skills.
Our individual wellbeing contributes to the health of our families and communities. It is up to us to support one another and to help those who are struggling.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255.
Mental wellness is especially important to me, as I have been on my healing journey for over five years. Through my experiences, I have learned that the best approach is one that is preventative, holistic, and accountable. Some of my favorite ways to care for my mental health are: going on a walk, enjoying the beauty of nature, and prayer.
Here are my top five wellness tips for anyone who is looking to make positive changes in their life.
1. Make prayer a habit.
Centering life around prayer is something that many religious traditions do. I believe that it is a beneficial practice that creates positive change.
2. Drink lots of water!
Staying hydrated can be tough when you’ve got so many things on your mind. Get a hydroflask! Craft a way to make drinking water fun- your skin and hair will thank you.
3. Enjoy your evening & sleep well.
In Genesis, days go evening then morning. Ensuring that we have good evening is crucial in creating a cadence for ourselves. Having an evening ritual and wind-down routine makes falling asleep a breeze.
4. Eat less.
As humans, we didn’t always eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s actually not really necessary to eat more than two meals a day (for most people- note: this is not professional advice in any way, please consult a healthcare professional before making any lifestyle changes).
5. Practice stretching.
I love stretching because it releases the built up energy that I feel being inside for long parts of the day. Going on a walk is also a great way to refresh after lunch or before dinner. Stretching after a walk is great because your muscles are activated and your body is warm.