Today, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day. According to the World Health Organization, mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. And now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact goes even further with those who suffer.
World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for us to invest in ourselves and the lives of those around us. While Hemp Extract may help, there are other tools you can also use for support.
We are acknowledging the present, and also looking forward to the future, post pandemic.
Stephanie Previch, COO of Clean Remedies, and Certified Nuero-Linguistic Practitioner, gives us insight into what we can do during this time, while also looking forward to the future.
Q: What are some tips you can currently use during this time to bring comfort?
A: Our mind, body, and soul are experiencing significant changes over these past few months as we do our best to adapt to current circumstances and the stressors placed upon us. We must attend to both our conscious mind and our unconscious mind to ensure we are providing ourselves with the best self-care possible. We cannot always control external stress; however, we may be able to control internal stress symptoms.
Here are a few tips:
- Breathing exercises and/or meditation. Both will help lower your heart rate, slow down your breathing, and help your overall well-being.
- Drink enough fluids. Dehydration can create many unwanted side effects. Coconut water is one of nature's best-kept secrets to stave off dehydration. I would also recommend minimizing your intake of caffeinated and sugary beverages.
- Go for a walk. Walking is excellent for the body and provides a great source of vitamin D.
- Human interaction. Talk and visit with your friends and family often.
- Consider getting a pet. Being able to touch and care for a pet can be very therapeutic.
- Balance your sleep by trying a sleep app on your phone to use through the night.
Q: Would you say a routine is important as you move through your day?
A: Typically, we are creatures of habit, so most people see an improvement in their lives when they implement a routine. Now that our daily routines may be disrupted or altered, it can be challenging to stay on track. Start by breaking up your bigger goals into smaller ones, and track your progress along the way. The biggest thing to remember is that nothing is perfect--and that is okay. I recommended allowing yourself some flexibility in your new routine.
Q: How can you maintain connections during this time?
A: Technology is a great resource right now. We can connect with friends and family without leaving our homes and still have face to face interaction through facetime, zoom, and other apps. Connections and interactions are so important, especially for those that may live alone.
Q: What advice do you have for balancing stressful situations?
A: good balance is required in almost every aspect of life. Too much or too little of something can have a significant effect on our daily lives. Be realistic and understand the situation, and know that it is okay to ask for help. Take time for yourself and give it to others without expectation. Balance is about give and take, so make sure you are practicing both. Celebrate who you are and all that you have done, and be willing to forgive yourself when things don't always go as planned. Sometimes, the best recommendation can be to just take a few minutes out of your day to practice your breathing. Breath work is a powerful tool in times of stress.