As we approach the holiday of thanks—Thanksgiving—I thought this would be an ideal time to talk about the importance of mental and emotional health. While we often seek solutions to our external challenges, we rarely recognize or acknowledged the importance of our internal challenges and the rewards of resolving them.
While physical alterations bring approval from others, and even from our selves, good health begins within. When we are struggling with a worry, fear, anxiety or any other emotional demand, it takes its toll on us in both seen and unseen ways. Our heart and minds take a beating from what we think and feel, and are therefore as much a problem as they can be a solution.
While the degree of mental challenges vary, and the solutions equally varied, much can be done with simple and deliberate actions we can take to quiet our mind and soul. According to several on-line sourced dedicated to eliminating stress and finding inner peace, a few of the suggestions for doing so include:
- Find time for peace and quiet. Sometimes, you have to take yourself out of and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Even if only for a few moments to gather your thoughts and re-group;
- Take a deep breath! Breathing and breathing exercises, which are the center of meditation practices, call the blood pressure and the mind. Find a means and method that works for you.
- Keep a journal. Doesn’t have to be fancy, but something that allows you to freely express your thought and feelings. Putting them on paper also helps to clarify what is a major issue and what is just a minor setback.
- Exercise! Getting and staying active helps to release endomorphines, which is a hormone that increases your feeling of well being and can also help reduce fat storage.
- Don’t be afraid to seek professional help. We are all too reluctant to realize if and when things are bigger than our ability to handle or manage them. If you think you need help, then ask.
Good physical health is interdependent with good mental health. Let’s work together to make sure you have both!
This is provided as informational only, and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please visit your medical practitioner for all matters related to health, wellness and relative practices. For more information, visit www.dchcquality.org or call (313) 821-2591 for the DCHC Health Center near you!