Flipping the Script

By Julie Morris. Rather than coming up with a list of restrictions and things we need to stop, let's focus on the positive and what we can do. Building a foundation for positivity and wellness can help you sustain your mental health and overall wellness. Head Space The first and most important part of seeking overall wellness starts in the mind. The mind is at the root of our overall well-being. While for some having good mental health is a process that can involve therapy or medication, most of us could benefit from refocusing our minds. There are many ways to achieve this, so find one that works best for you. It could be the act of mindfulness, or being aware of your thoughts and actions as you make them. It might be shifting from negative thinking to positive thoughts through concerted effort to create new thinking patterns. You may try absorbing mostly positive media, from happier news stories and television shows to cutting back on social media, which can be rampant with negativity. Finding something that works for you to aid your mentality may be a challenge, but it can be a worthwhile one. Home Space Whether it's a meditation room or simply a room to disconnect and unwind, having a place you can call your sanctuary at home is vital. Redfin suggests that you “Set aside a room in your home without electronic distractions for your creative pursuits. Buy a comfortable chair, some paintings of nature, and other relaxing décor to inspire less stress.” Find things that work to de-stress you, things that you enjoy and make you feel at peace. If you can integrate your olfactory senses, it may help enhance your sense of peace, so find your favorite incense, scented candle or wax warmer and use it when you need to unwind. Natural Space It has been suggested that taking time out of our busy urban environments and visiting nature can have a positive effect on one's well-being. If it's possible, schedule yourself some time to enjoy the natural world around you. Spend fifteen minutes of your lunch break each day sitting in a park and enjoying the green without checking your phone. When you're out and about enjoying the outdoors, really try to immerse yourself while doing so, meaning little to no distractions. Put your phone, tablet and laptop away. Not only may it help your memory and lift your mental wellness, but it may be healthy for your body as well. Physical Space It is no secret that staying active may boost our mental wellness. Aside from the balance of serotonin and dopamine, taking care of our bodies is another part of overall well-being. We inhabit our bodies, after all. If you're just starting or have very little experience exercising, there are ways to ease yourself into a good routine, like taking up swimming or yoga. It's important to keep your goals non-specific. If you focus on trying to lose weight, you may become discouraged when, after two weeks, you see minimal results on the scale. The focus should be on health and how you feel. Notice how your body feels different, how it becomes easier to do the exercises that may have once been a challenge. Focus on how you can bend further, swim more laps, or switch to heavier weights over time. Remember, if there are no negatives, there is no losing. You're gaining wellness with your routine. There are so many ways to be healthy and to be well. We may not be able to affect the things outside of our control—politics, our work environment, our families—but we can always affect and work on ourselves. This is the time to truly be the best you that you can be. About the Author Julie Morris is a life and career coach. She thrives on helping others live their best lives. It’s easy for her to relate to clients who feel run over by life because she’s been there. You can read more about Julie and her work on her website: https://juliemorris.org/

Flipping the Script