Our brains automatically associate the word “healthy” with physical health. But mental health is just as important as your physical welfare. Emotional health affects nearly all aspects of our lives, from how we make decisions, how we interact with others, and how we respond to situations that affect us personally.
Acknowledging mental health and learning how to deal with it are imperative to your wellbeing. When you understand how to manage and counteract the negative aspects in your life, your health will heal. 10th October is World Mental Health Day and we would like to show support by giving you some tips and ideas to help you look after your mental health.
1. Talk About Your Feelings
Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. Take charge of your metal wellbeing by sharing your emotions, your feelings and even your fears by asking for help. Having someone to listen to you makes you feel supported and the act could help encourage others to speak out and seek help for themselves. Make talking about your feelings something that you aren’t afraid to do.
2. Stay Active
Studies have found that exercising regularly could lower the risk of depression. Physical exercise can boost your self-esteem, help you concentrate, sleep and feel better. Physical activity can be as simple as walking. The more fresh air you breathe means you breathe in more oxygen, increasing the amount of serotonin in your body. Exercising allows your brain to focus on one sole activity and forget about everything else.
3. Eat Well
Having a healthy and balanced diet affects how we feel both physically and mentally. Include healthy amounts of proteins, essential fats, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water in your daily routine. If you want to learn more about the superfoods that can make you feel better inside and out, click here
4. Keep in Touch and Learn to Let go
Friends and family make you feel loved and cared for, so surround yourself with people who support you and include you in their lives. Make time to see them regularly or, at least, give them a call.
If you think being around someone is negatively influencing your mental health, don’t be afraid to let them go. Rid yourself of toxic relationships and focus on the relationships that bring you joy and positive feelings.
5. Sleep More
Sleep is the most underestimated factor when thinking about overall health. A good and long (7 to 9 hours) night’s sleep is essential for your mind and our bodies repair cells that need tending to in this time. If you have troubled sleep, start by making small lifestyle adjustments like creating a relaxing environment in your room before sleep and eat earlier to give your body the proper amount of time to digest before you go to bed. To learn more about the importance of sleep, check here
6. Take a Break
In today’s world, the idea of giving our minds a break from functioning seems impossible. A lot of the time our minds are in overdrive because there are endless stimuli coming from so many different platforms that hold our attention.
Smartphones, tablets and laptops are just a few examples, and if you never take any time out from technology, you will not be doing your mental health any favours. Take a mini digital detox every week, even for just half a day or a couple of hours.
7. Accept Who You Are
Emily Wright gave a powerful speech on self-acceptance during the last day of Together Global Convention. Don’t ever be afraid to be yourself and accept that you are who you are: you do not need to be like anyone else. Work towards being a better version of yourself and not a different one. Above all, enjoy being you.
8. Do Something You Love
Do you have a dream you always wanted to achieve? A new skill you never had time to learn? Work on your daily schedule to fit in an activity that fulfils you and keeps you motivated. Whether you want to revive an old hobby or break free from social restraints and meet new people, trying new things or just meeting new people means you can be you, doing something you love.
9. Care for Others
Helping others in any way is one of the most fulfilling areas in life you can work on. Volunteering, taking an active role in your community or just giving a helping hand to a person in need are all excellent ways of building new relationships. Being able to help someone can give us a new perspective on our own problems and make us feel needed and valued.
10. Use Your Oils
Besides these resources, you can use essential oils to support your emotional wellbeing by creating a sense of calmness or producing an uplifting environment.
Our top five uplifting oils and blends are: Wild Orange, Citrus Bliss, doTERRA Cheer, Elevation and doTERRA Motivate.
Our top five calming oils and blends are: Melissa, Lavender, doTERRA Peace, doTERRA Balance and PastTense.
Solely thinking about mental wellbeing, doTERRA has just released a new line of products called Adaptiv that will soon arrive to the European Markets.
Applying essential oils for emotional benefits
When you’re ready to use essential oils for emotional wellbeing, there are a few ways to effectively experience the potency and power they have to offer. When you find the oil you want to use, try any of these application methods:
- Massage onto the base of the skull
- Use an essential oil diffuser
- Apply a drop to the palms and inhale
- Rub into the wrists and carry the aroma with you all day
Finally, don’t be afraid to seek extra help. When your quest for an emotionally-balanced life becomes overwhelming, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reaching out to friends and family and seeking professional help can provide you with extra help on your journey to better emotional health.