How to Prioritize Your Mental Health Everyday
While October 10 marks World Mental Health Day, this year has forced us to make it a real priority. Between an ongoing pandemic, social injustice, and an upcoming election, 2020 has wreaked havoc on all of our minds. More than ever for this generation, now is the time to take self-care seriously — which consists of much more than bubble baths and wine indulgences. Giving special care to our mental health plays a big role in self-care. Here are a few ways you can mind yours.
Take Meditation Seriously
Getting in a few ommms may sound woo-woo, but studies consistently show that doing so is great for your mental health. Don't know where to start? Check out our free e-course The Art of Meditation to get headed in the right direction.
Feed Your Spirit Positive Vibes
Have you ever woke up and instantly felt stressed by all that you need to do? Alleviate morning anxiety by starting your day with life-breathing music that empowers you settles your mind. Our Affirm playlist on Spotify will get your day off to a well balanced start.
Give Adaptogens a Try
Adaptogens are a classification of herbs that help you — well — adapt. They're known for preventing and melting away tension, providing clarity, and some can aid in hormonal health, too. Like all herbs, adaptogens are available in root or leaf form (both are great to make teas with), powder form (toss into a juice or smoothie), and some are available in pill form. If pills are your thing, just be sure the brand you choose is 100% pure herbs. No fillers. Our favorite adaptogen herbs include ashwagandha, rhodiola, schissandra berry, maca, holy basil, ginseng, astragalus, and reishi mushrooms.
Get Your Endocrine System In Check
Your endocrine system is responsible for releasing hormones into the bloodstream that regulate metabolism, sexual function, blood pressure, appetite, and more. A key symptom of the endocrine being out of wack is a consistent bad mood or depression. By keeping our endocrine system in check, your mental health will benefit — hence why some adaptogen herbs support hormonal health. In addition to herbs, you can take care of your endocrine system by avoiding added sugar, eating fatty fish, drinking green tea, getting your share of protein, and exercising regularly.
CBD comes in tinctures, creams, pills, teas, and other forms. Though it comes from the marijuana plant, it doesn't contain any THC. As a result, you'll get the anxiety relief sans the "high" feeling.