Welcome to the end of week 2. This week we focused on bettering yourself. There was a lot of information and hopefully the video above will help recap everything or you can read below for everything covered.
Exercise, Meditation & Yoga
Exercise has long been known for its benefits to ones physical health, but there are also mental benefits to exercise as well. There are many types of exercises that can be used to help your mental health.
Meditation is another way to help with anxiety as it helps to give focus to the area of the brain that control thoughts and emotion. Find yourself a quite place to sit and follow your techniques to help ease the mind.
Yoga additionally, is an activity that can help calm your body and mind as to help with reducing anxiety and stress. There are many poses that you can try including some for beginners like: Mountain Pose, Tree Pose, and Triangle Pose.
Sleep & Music/Art Therapy
Getting more sleep is straightforward, your body needs to recover each night. If you don't give it enough time to do so you won't be the best version of yourself. Some ways to get more sleep include forming a sleep schedule, avoid naps longer than 20 minutes, and staying away from caffeine or alcohol later in the day.
There are ways to help optimize your sleep to get the best results. Keeping a consistent schedule to go to bed and waking up gives a routine to follow every day to help stay on track.
Music therapy is best done with a professional, however you can do it on your own if. Finding music that makes you feel happy, brings you joy or makes you move is best.
As for art therapy, any kind of art or craft can be done. you can do this by doing any sort of art and craft. You can paint, draw, or color, whatever gets your mind in a creative space.
Reaching Out & Deep Breathing
Getting someone help can be a challenge. Maybe you feel helpless and wonder what to do. Try learning how to offer support and understanding, as well, how to help your loved one get the resources to cope with what they are experiencing.
Most times, people feel embarrassed about what they are feeling and sometimes they believe that they should be able to overcome it by themselves. But with the right treatment and approach, the person you care about can get better.
Breathing improperly can cause an upset in the oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange. It can contribute to anxiety, panic attacks, fatigue, and other physical and emotional disturbances. Breathing exercises can help in reducing anxiety and stress.
Speaking With A Professional & Goal Setting
These days everyone is talking about anxiety. Bringing to light mental health topics helps lower stigmas that can keep people dealing with these issues from seeking support.
Sitting down with a professional who is trained in assisting people deal with and treat these symptoms and issues. If you are unable to meet with a professional you can call the National Alliance on Mental Health’s HelpLine at 1-800-950-6264 or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) treatment locator tool, which can help you find mental health providers who take various forms of insurance, offer payment assistance.
Goal setting, can be a point of focus that prevents you from feeling extremely anxious. There are ways that you can goal set to reduce anxiety.
There can be a lot to feel anxious about. However, keeping focus on things that you want to accomplish can help motivate you.
As we continue throughout the month keep in mind these various strategies that can help a person through these difficult challenges. Everyone should come together to help bring awareness to these problems and the practices that can help so many people facing these issues.