20 Ways to Maintain Mental Health

Mental Health is still somewhat of a taboo topic. Unlike many terminal diseases, a person and their mental health is relatively unseen. I recognized long ago, when counseling my mentally ill clients, that they are no different than me. We ALL are affected by our own mental well-being.

As I am creating collateral pieces for a project, I thought to post 20 ways to maintain your personal mental health. Enjoy!

  1. Carry a journal to write your thoughts
  2. Balance your eating habits - 3 portioned meals per day
  3. Take nothing personally
  4. Have "me" time - take breaks
  5. Choose your words - especially your feeling words
  6. Listen to music
  7. Ask for feedback
  8. Be aware of your feelings - good and bad
  9. Surround yourself with supportive people
  10. Do no harm to self or others
  11. Ask for what you want
  12. Sleep 6 or more hours a day
  13. Try something new
  14. Count your blessings (gratitude)
  15. Set limits when you need to say "no"
  16. Be flexible
  17. Read a book
  18. Stop trying to please everyone - be yourself
  19. Ask for help when you need to
  20. Plan a trip, even if you don't take it

Health Benefits of Spirulina

Thought I would pop in to share another great find from a local TJX store: Spirulina!

Spirulina is a form of blue-green algae that is born in the freshest warm water. The Aztecs often used spirulina because of it's nutrient-rich properties, which is why we know it today as a "super food".

Below are some of the many health benefits accompanied in this super food:
  • Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) - this is a highly beneficial Omega-6 that supports a healthy mood
  • Contains Omegas - 3, 6, & 9
  • Naturally rich in iodine
  • Prevents and helps with cardiovascular disease, including hypertension
  • High in Protein - 60% (a complete protein)
  • Supports a health liver
  • Reduces symptoms of allergies
  • Increases energy
  • Ease symptoms of PMS
  • ...& many more!
You can purchase Spirulina in tablet and powder form. I include a tbs of the powder in my green smoothies. Another way is to take it as a shot, using a couple of ounces of water and a couple of squirts of fresh lemon juice. Drink the shot quickly and swish around plain water afterwards.

Beet Queen Juice Recipe

I have been having fun creating a few juice recipes lately and I wanted to share one that involves beets, that has been cleansing out my liver.

What you'll need:
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 celery
  • 1 beet
  • 1 ginger nub
  • 1/2 lemon wedge
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (very little - you do not want it overpowering your taste buds)
  • Juice, serve over ice and enjoy! 
I love beets and carrots together because it adds a rich creamy texture.

Hello July!

I am happily welcoming the month of July and revisiting my intentions that I set at the end of 2013. Remember my post on "Setting Intentions"? I mentioned revisiting your journal at the end of the year, but it would also be a great idea to check the progress of your short-term goals, about mid year. 

If you have been putting off doing something, July is a good midpoint to get moving! Seasons are shifting and it's time to carpe diem!