52 Weeks of Self Care “Back Pocket” Breathing Techniques Breathing, as a form of self care, can be simultaneously obvious and easy to forget about as a technique . Also, if you are in stress, a little voice often comes in and says “what’s breathing going to do?” and instead of using breathing techniques your mind settles for that logic and stays in panic. Breathing is not exciting or revolutionary, it’s consistent and effective. Breathing is almost annoyingly consistent in that way. I think it can almost be annoying that way like a straight A student who gets another A. But because…

52 Weeks of Self Care and Healing Walking I wanted to make sure I included self care that can basically be done anywhere and with no cost. Though I want people to consider investing in themselves, I know it’s not always possible on a tight budget. Walking is a great way to practice self care. Studies show that the main barrier to walking is literally getting up off the couch to do it. You’ve probably had that magnetized-to-the-couch feeling and we underestimate how a walk might improve our mood. The truth is, walking is likely to change your energy and…

52 Weeks of Self Care Floating What is Floating? Floating is a sensory deprivation experience where you enter a chamber filled with water mixed and about 1000 lbs. of Epsom salt. This is much saltier than the Dead Sea and so you naturally and easily float. The lights are turned out and, as the previous sentence implies, you are deprived of your senses. If you think about how much stimulation we take in through sight and sound, this is a real break for our system. It’s common to think this will activate major claustrophobia, but studios report that actually because…

30 Day Mental Hygiene Challenge These are supplemental prompts to our 30 Day Challenge. If you want a copy of our 30 Day Challenge, please sign up for the “Mental Floss” newsletter on the homepage.  Day 1 – Vision – Write how you would like to feel better and balanced this year. Close your eyes and imagine your mental hygiene had improved in all the ways you wanted. What would your life look like? How would you be feeling? Don’t worry about what you think is possible. Imagine it exactly as you wish it could be. Day 2 – Meditation…

52 Weeks of Self Care and Healing Breathwork Note: This is a series where I cover 52 healing practices to increase mental hygiene. They are not intended to replace necessary mental health or medical services. I am not paid to do this but it should be noted that these articles are my opinion and not medical advice. Please discuss with your healthcare professionals to determine what practices are right for your needs. What is Breathwork? There are a lot of breathing techniques out there, but this isn’t just meditation focused on the breath (as I initially thought it was) but…