4 Daily Mental Health Rituals That Will Help You Face the World as a Warrior
We need to train our muscles to be strong. We also need to honor our minds. For five years, I have been working with an amazing Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. In so many ways, he saved my life.
November 20, 2020
If you're reading this, then on some level, you know the importance of mental health. It affects everything! From how we solve problems, interact with our loved ones, and cope with daily stress. There is nothing more important than taking care of our mental health and inner peace.
But taking care of our mental wellbeing is not easy. In the same way, we need to train our muscles to be strong. We also need to honor our minds. For five years, I have been working with an amazing Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. In so many ways, he saved my life.
Here are four daily mental health rituals he taught me that I use daily to check-in with myself and boost my state of mind.
Mental Health check-in #1: Did I Meditate?
This is actually a new one for me. As an active person, I find it hard to sit still, do nothing, and focus my mind. A few years back, I used to walk to work. I used this as my time to clear my head, switch off, and appreciate my surroundings. I didn't know it at the time, but my therapist later pointed out that my 30 minute walks put me into active meditation.
PRO TIP: Meditate in the Morning BEFORE Checking Social Networks
As I grow my meditation practice, I make an effort to meditate daily before I check my social networks. I wake up, put on a Joe Dispenza (my personal favorite. You can pick anyone!) 25 minute guided meditation, and focus my mind.
If I'm really not feeling it, then I will go on a quick 10-minute walk and listen to a guided meditation. I am also starting to dabble in the world of Mantra Meditation. There are so many options!
Mental Health check-in #2: Did I Practice Gratitude?
This is the biggest game-changer for me. My favorite quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson is "cultivate the habit of being grateful."
When times are rough, I always take a minute to check in with my internal state (e.g., think a quick internal body scan), acknowledge my surroundings, and say thank you. When I focus on the things that I am TRULY grateful for, all I can feel is a sense of joy. But I have been practicing for a while! At first, you may not see results, but the mental health benefits are worth the time based on my experience.
PRO TIP: Practice Gratitude Outside.
There is a lot to be thankful for underneath a blue sky or on top of a mountain. I have actually cried from the overwhelming emotions that have surfaced while feeling grateful.
Mental Health check-in #3: Did I Move My Body Outside and Connect with Nature?
I am a surfer. Completely obsessed, but at the moment, I am living in an area where surfing is impossible. I am forced to be creative and find other ways to get outside and connect with nature. Weather permitting, I will often do my home workouts in the fresh air. A park works great! Nature helps a lot with controlling my anxiety, and scientists continue to research the amazing ways of getting out into nature can help battle depression.
Pro Tip: Grab a Dog and Go for a Walk
One of the easiest ways to move outside can be done in any environment, city or rural.
Mental Health check-in #4: Did I Take a Minute to Journal and Write Down My Thoughts?
Another MASSIVE game changer for me. Ladies, write your thoughts down and watch your dreams become your reality. Writing my thoughts down is a sacred ritual that forces me to be completely honest with myself. I can write without any judgment.
If I'm angry, I write it down, get my feelings out, acknowledge and respect the emotion, and then move on with my life. It is an incredibly therapeutic experience.
PRO TIP: Journal in the Morning When You First Wake up
BONUS: Mental Health check-in #5: Did I have an orgasm?
Okay, ladies, it's not a daily ritual but weekly? For sure! As well as sorting out my diet and getting my exercise in check, my functional medicine doctor actually prescribed this to me in my protocol. Having an orgasm teaches you self-love, reduces stress, and does wonders for your mental health. Shame on society to make this taboo for women while scientists prove the amazing health benefits time and time again.
We All Deserve to Be Mentally Strong. Especially Now!
I like to think that I have my daily rituals down to a T. But I'm human. I'm FAR from perfect! Some days I need a little more motivation to get out of bed, protect my mind and body, and put down the ice cream. Sometimes having a good night's sleep can lead to the best days. Click here to find out why my friend Sydney is the self-proclaimed Queen of Nighttime Rituals.