Happy Mind, Happy Body
In celebration of Mental Health Month, we had the pleasure of partnering with Lemon Laine in Nashville to host the "Happy Mind, Happy Body" panel with Therapist, Brittany Jones, and Trainer, Matt Royka. We dug into just how much body and mind are related, why taking care of both is crucial, even though our mental health often gets overlooked. We talked about too much good stuff to keep it to ourselves, so we are sharing it with you. Enjoy!
Some Golden Nuggets From the Experts:
Working on your mind is NORMAL and EMPOWERING. Everyone one of us goes through stressful and emotional times, why wouldn't we get some guidance towards becoming our being our best, happiest selves? Just like we would at the gym if we wanted to work on our bodies? Bottom line: the ‘taboo’ around talking to a therapist or life coach is just plain old-fashioned, folks.
Check in with yourself throughout the day. Self-Care is so personal and doesn’t have to be extravagant - take 30 seconds to periodically ask yourself what you need in that moment, and listen to whatever that is. Even if this means stepping away from your desk for a few minutes, it's likely that in the long-run you will save time and be more efficient since you are working from a place of mental clarity.
When it comes to physical fitness - stay consistent, but give yourself some wiggle room. Quality over quantity is key. Routines are great, but keep a dotted line around those boxes because doing something that isn't right for your current state can just cause extra stress, and it won't have the outcome you're looking for. Not enough time to exercise? The @omaam_fitness account on Instagram is there for you with tons of 1-minute options. You could get an endorphin rush in the amount of time it takes you to read this post.
No shock here- exercise has an immediate impact on your mental health, releases stress and anxiety-relieving hormones, and provides mental clarity and confidence. On the flipside, the work you do on your mental health has an impact on your body. Talking to a therapist can help tackle cognitive issues that are manifesting themselves as physical ailments (think tummy aches, headaches, etc). If that's not your thing - something as simple as breathwork can majorly affect your mental state. Taking a few deep, intentional breaths signals to your body that it's time to rest, and doing so is a simple and effective way to release stress.
Happy Mental Health Month, y'all!