The Case For Happiness: Habits to Live by.
I’m so excited to announce my first professional (virtual) appearance as Coach Kisha White! The Case for Happiness: Habit to Live by.
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Are you unknowingly sabotaging your health? Sometimes it’s possible that as much emphasis as we put on gaining a beautiful physical body, we may be neglecting the one thing that holds it all together: our mental health. Maintaining a healthy mindset goes hand-in-hand with a proper diet and exercise.
But what role does stress play in all of this? In 2020 life drastically slowed down. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we experienced less travel, more isolation, more angst about contracting the mysterious virus, losing employment, the list goes on, and more time to assess the impact on our physical and, better yet, our mental health. The change of pace has enabled many of us to effectively pinpoint other areas that were potentially stressing us out and helped us decide to do something about it.
Today, we are more aware of how daily stress and anxiety can affect your overall health and put you at risk for future cognitive problems such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your mental state and eventually cause physical problems as well. That’s if you haven’t been diagnosed with chronic mental health problems such as depression or bipolar disorder. In that case, there are ways to combat threats to your mental health in collaboration with assistance from your doctor, holistic practitioners, health instructors, and wellness coach.
Some widely popular solutions include meditation, affirmations, guided imagery, Yoga, Tai Chi, music, and regular exercise. Hypnotherapy and acupuncture have also been used successfully in helping calm the body and mind. Let’s dig a little deeper as we go over just a few.
Many experts agree that the ancient practice of Yoga can improve brain function and strengthen the body by focusing on relaxing the mind and body. Yoga’s intended purpose is to relieve stress and anxiety by conditioning your body through poses or postures and the awareness of energy passing through it. It also focuses on breathing to increase the healing effects of increased oxygen consumption.
Almost everyone who has achieved great success has practiced some form of visualization. It’s a method that can provide confidence and motivation to gain a positive mindset and improve mental health. It uses an individual’s ability to imagine themselves in successful situations or overcoming problems. A winning attitude often begins by visualizing how it would feel to achieve a big success or complete a goal you’ve been working on for a long time. You can use any technique using diagrams, mind images, or animation to communicate positive ideas.
Tai Chi “meditation in motion” is another technique used worldwide to bring about calm and inner peace to achieve physical and mental goals. It uses stretching techniques and gentle physical exercises combined with mindset strategies to bring about fitness, flexibility, and pain reduction associated with depression, anxiety, and stress. Many other benefits of Tai Chi are muscle strength, mood elevation, more energy, improved focus, and lower blood pressure. As Tai Chi’s popularity has risen over the past few years, you can find classes in almost every town or city. Online guidance is also available.
Floatation Therapy or Isolation Tanks is a relatively new method of achieving a calm mind and more energized body. Although some have widely touted the health benefits, the jury is still out on the total benefits of Flotation Therapy. Because they were void of light and sound, they seemed to be merely deprivation tanks. Many now seek Floatation Therapy treatment for chronic pain due to arthritis, fibromyalgia, and muscle tension due to strenuous activity. Many claims that Flotation Therapy helps individuals cope with stress and anxiety by preparing for major mental hurdles such as speeches or stressful personal situations.
Hypnotherapy is another method to increase mental sharpness, self-esteem, positive mental image, and problem-solving, preventing you from winning. Negative thoughts that occupy your mind and destroy your courage and strength can be turned around through hypnosis or self-guided affirmations. It is safe and can help you relax and refocus your attention to empowerment rather than negative self-thinking.
You may also choose the inexpensive and relatively easy aromatherapy method among the many ways to achieve relaxation. The healing aromas of essential oils, herbs, and spices reverse negative energy and set positive and relaxing thoughts. Fragrances such as lavender, rosemary, mint, sandalwood, and cedarwood can help get you back on track to a healthy mental state.
Given all the methods available today, it’s your choice!
Remember to assess your healthy truth continually, decide what actions you can take today, and commit to change!
ask for what you want!
Maya Angelou believed that you should ask for what you want and expect it. Sounds smooth and easy, right? I absolutely feel horrible revealing this but for a long time, I secretly resented people who were bold enough to ask for what they wanted. Crazy huh!??
Who wouldn’t ask for what they wanted or needed? That person from time to time was me. And throughout the years it became a learned behavior: this feeling of hesitation when I had a need or want and allowing myself to silently struggle and pretend that everything was A-Ok! Can any of you relate to this?
While struggling with the ups and downs of life, I always felt like I was selfish for asking for what I wanted, especially from other people. I didn’t want to be viewed as not being able to manage or even have people feel like I was using them.
This resentment steadily brewed in me over the years, conveyed in jealousy towards others who didn’t make the same choices. Somehow, I viewed other people’s lives and themselves as better. They should ask, but not me.
How did I get over it? How did I get to this place of feeling bold enough to ask for what I want and expect exactly that? Trust me when I say that it is an on-going practice.
1). I started opening up more. Don’t get me wrong everyone has a sob story and mine is definitely no better or worse than anyone else. Through my sobbing I found self-reliance and strength that allowed me to help others along their way. If I continued to always hold everything in and hold back, I would have never gotten ahead or even thought that I could help others. I know it’s hard, especially when opening-up was the thing that lead you to hurt in the first place.
2). I found out that I can’t do it all! There is only one of me and one of you. If I could clone myself, I would have a long time ago. Being on the verge of a nervous breakdown helped to relieve me of the belief that I can do it all by myself. (But that’s another story!)
3). I realized that I didn’t get here on just my own resources and support. There were people along my path who helped and there some were people who had hurt me, be it intentional or unintentional. Not meaning to make God an afterthought, but He has yet to leave me.
4). I had to stop beating myself up over all the mistakes that I made. How long will you punish yourself? As long as I continue to live I’m going to make mistakes. You will too. Find out a way to come to your place of resolution. Do whatever it takes-seeking counseling, pray, read blogs and most importantly, don’t isolate yourself. Remember we are all like molds of clay; who you are today may not be who you become tomorrow.
5). Walk a mile in my shoes. It boils down to the fact that I had to stop comparing myself to others. I found myself wondering why other’s lives seemed to be so much better than mine. On the surface, we all to some degree walk around as if we really have our stuff together. Underneath the surface is the part that you don’t see filled with all the events, joys and pains that make us who we are. Viewing other’s lives are fine, but their shoes are never meant for you. They may have foot fungus or their shoes may be way too small or too big for you to fill!