Sound Mind: Going Deeper
As we learned in the Basics, having positive and stable mental health is important, but we must also honor that mental health is fluid.What tools can we utilize regularly to keep us balanced? Let's go deeper.
Journaling or a gratitude practice
There is something magic about taking a moment to write down what you are feeling, what you are grateful for, and what you'd like to call in. I recommend some variation of gratitude journaling for just about every patient I see in my office, as no matter where they are on their healthcare journey, it adds a planned moment of reflection that carries so much medicine. When trying to exercise and tend our mind, remember all of the abundance and beauty that surrounds us really helps keep things in perspective. I recommend answering a few prompting questions that you create every day, either in the morning before you start your day, or before bed when the day is done. For an example, please see the Bonus module for a gratitude journaling worksheet.
utilizing a spiritual practice that resonates with you
Regardless of upbringing or societal pressures, believing in something greater than yourself has well studied and established benefits to your health, and the health of others. Finding a practice that works for you can be a beautiful tonic for your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health, and practices can range anywhere from organized religion to connecting to Mother Earth. There is no right or wrong way to do this, and the best part is, you don't have to pick just one! Being able to integrate or at least appreciate teachings from all denominations or universal experiences can help you with connecting to your source and balancing the mind.
resources for emotional support
Mental health is a body system that needs just as much tending and support as any other. When our mental health needs extra help, say, during a time of immense stress, grief, or mental illness, having resources for mental and emotional support can be our greatest and most profound allies. Professional help is best, but it takes some time to find the right clinician to work with. Do not settle! In the mean time, try to have one or two people that you can trust and feel heard.
In order to help you fully integrate all of this information, please enjoy the Sound Mind bonuses for a worksheet on gratitude journaling.
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