When we talk about the idea of being “aligned,” we’re not just referring to your physical body. Your mental health has just as much to do with your overall well-being as your physical health. We believe you can’t treat the body without treating the mind, too.
Mental health has become an increasingly important conversation in our world—and with good reason. It affects everyone in some way, shape, or form.
Though you may not realize it, January can be a particularly difficult month for our mental health. Not only are we coping with cold winter weather and post-holiday blues, we tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to change overnight.
Resolutions to “eat better” or “lose weight” are often met with feelings of failure or disappointment when we break those resolutions by skipping a workout or indulging in dessert. Oddly enough, studies show that when we are kind to ourselves we are more likely to accomplish our resolutions.
There is plenty of proof to show just how important mental health is to our overall health. Here are some ways in which you can put your mental health first this year:
Practice Safe Social Media Habits
The same place we find daily affirmations about self-love and self-worth can also be littered with things that trigger poor mental health. Un-follow any accounts that don’t make you feel good—especially the ones you tend to compare yourself to. Remember, people filter what they share on social media.
Turn Negative Thoughts into Positive Ones
Your life should be free from judgement—and that includes the judgement you place on yourself. The next time you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself, try to replace that thought with something you love about yourself. For example, if you tend to pick on your physical appearance, spend time appreciating a feature you love.
Make Time for Yourself
In a world that’s go, go, go, it’s hard to slow down and take a little break. But there is no better way to practice good mental health than making time for yourself. The art of self-care can be practiced in many ways, whether it be meditating, reading a good book, doing a workout, or booking yourself a monthly massage.
Don’t Be Afraid to Talk
We all have bad days, months, and even years. There is no shame in reaching out and talking to someone if your mental health takes a turn for the worse. At Align, we promise to be there for our patients as a source of support both mentally and physically. We believe in building a community that supports one another; a community where we can help one another conquer challenges and truly learn about ourselves.
If you are looking for mental health support, or new ways to embrace self-care, we have a service that can help. Book an appointment online today.