We are all doing the best we can to become our best selves. As we are spiritually evolving, many of us tend to focus on one area in our lives that is in the most need of improvement. And because we never gain mastery over this one particular facet of life, we continually focus on this one area of growth. I am a firm believer that we are all continuously growing if we are open to the lessons that life presents us. Where we water, we blossom. Here is the dilemma: while we focus on positive change in one facet of life, we tend to adopt tunnel vision and neglect the other areas of our life and this causes suffering. Let me illuminate this scenario with a metaphor. Think of your life as a garden. Each plant represents a part of you and your life. Let us use water as a metaphor for our focus. What do you foresee happening to your garden if you only consistently water one plant? The same is true for life. When we only focus on improving a fraction of our life, the rest of it will begin to wilt, or suffer.
When I look back over the years, I can see this trend repeated– not just in my life, but in the people that surround me. Balance is one of the trickiest parts of living our best life and it seems to constantly require adjustment. One way that we can begin to rectify this sense of instability is to make a conscious decision to “water” each of the components of our lives.
Today I challenge you to choose something that will benefit your mind.
25 Ways to Improve your Mental Well-Being:
- Read something that makes you smile, brings you joy, or inspires you in some way (check back soon, I will be creating a list of inspirational reads).
- Learn something new – your mind will love you for it. Don’t buy into the, “I’m too old” line of thinking. I met a woman, who is now a dear friend to me, who started her singing career at 70! She is now a well-established jazz musician and hasn’t looked back. It’s never too late to learn and there are so endless free resources available online, so no excuses.
- Clear your mind by practicing mindfulness daily. This doesn’t have to take a ton of time, the point is that you spend some time living in, and embracing the moment. If you are stuck for mindfulness ideas, check out the image below – EXCERPT taken from The Book of Love by Rob & Jacq
- Teach something you are passionate about to someone. Teaching is a great way for our mental stimulation, plus there is the added bonus of giving someone else the gift of learning something.
- Have a great meaningful conversation. Conversation with the right person(s) not only stimulates our minds, but it can also be an instant mood booster.
- Get a good nights sleep
- Join a workshop or a well-being program, like our 30 Day Transformation
- Stop worrying about things that are out of your control. I know, it’s harder said than done. Try this: ask yourself if there is anything you can do to change whatever you are worrying about, if the answer is no than let it go! If there is something that you can do, than take the necessary action steps.
- Do something that you have been procrastinating. Sometimes these little to-do lists pester our minds and bother us more than we acknowledge. Once you take action, your mind can rest easier.
- Incorporate a daily gratitude practice into your life. Try starting or ending each day with a list of things that you are grateful for. For a social media challenge, write something you are grateful for each day for either a week, a month, or even a year.
- Forgive someone. Sometimes our minds get bogged down with a grudge, anger, or worst of all hatred. These negative emotions impact the person holding them the most, so if you need to perhaps it is time to forgive and move forward.
- Be authentic – sounds pretty straight forward right? So many people act completely differently around different people and they aren’t even aware they are doing it. Adjusting your personality for all different people is mentally exhausting. Try being 100% you! After all that’s what makes you so special.
- Stop worrying about what others think of you (this is definitely connected to authenticity). Love yourself in a way that it doesn’t matter what others think or say about you.
- Drop the gossip if for no other reason than it’s not beneficial to you AT ALL. Too often people are so consumed with everything else that is going on around them that the forget the most important thing – themselves. Focus on creating a harmony within that doesn’t depend on what’s going on around you.
- Express your truth. Some of us are guilty of biting our tongue because we fear something, but mentally it feels soooo good to be honest. So if you’re holding back on saying something, go for it.
- Daydream and then create action steps to actually make what you want happen
- Take time to enjoy the little things. Look at the flowers. Enjoy the fresh air. Appreciate all that is so amazing in your life.
- Get out of your comfort zone and try something new. YES!!! Go for it.
- Listen to feel good music.
- Smile as often as you can.
- Ensure that you are getting enough body contact. Hug people, hold hands etc.
- Make sure that you are taking the time to incorporate self-care practices into your routine. CLICK HERE for more ideas
- Create a space in your house that makes your mind feel at ease.
- Listen to an inspirational speech
At the end of the day, your mental state of mind is key to creating a life of happiness and balance. Today I hope you take the time to embrace something that will improve your mental state of mind.
Be sure to check back soon to read part 2 and part 3 of this blog series (Body & Soul).