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…

As Thanksgiving approaches this week, it is a good reminder towards gratitude and rest. However, at many family dinners, that calm and grateful demeanor can be hard to maintain. If family dinner, for you, feels nourishing, encouraging and recharging, that’s great! You likely do not need to read further. If thinking about Thanksgiving with the family already has your jaw clenched and you’re having stress dreams, this article is to support you. Here’s a few ways you can maintain mental balance during the holidays.   Validate Yourself It is completely normal to feel the full range of emotions towards your…

Oftentimes I hear people say “I can’t do anything when I get home except fall on the couch, watch TV for a few hours while I mindlessly snack.” I most often hear this from myself as I know the feeling well. But what I realize now is that there is a universality to this experience. I used to label myself as lazy or just feel guilty about this type of fatigue but now I know that this indicates a need for an energy reset. Here are the questions I ask to determine what kind of energy reset I need. (Note:…

I know when I hear the term self compassion I have flashbacks to SNL’s Stuart Smalley facing himself in the mirror saying himself “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and doggonit, people like me!” but this is a simplistic view and really just captures a fear that being nice to ourselves is pathetic and sad. However I recently heard a metaphor that I think captures why self compassion is an essential trait for overall well-being. A friend told me a metaphor I thought was so apt. In the US, we have a culture of debt and spend money we do…

Mental hygiene is a collection of habits, practices and ways of being that maintain the health of your mind. As children, we are taught dental hygiene, but nothing about how to keep our minds healthy and fresh. As a child when I was sad, angry, or confused—I had no way out. I knew I was going to be lost in what felt like “the abyss” for awhile and so I avoided many feelings that I deemed negative because I didn’t know what to do with myself. And many well meaning adults didn’t know what to do either. During my childhood,…