I going to just throw the title of the blog post back at you for a moment & ask you why you think it isn't important?
I mean - surely looking after your physical and mental health is at the top of your agenda because unless your fit and healthy then nothing else really matters.
I'm being serious.
You may think having more money, a gorgeous spouse or the next big thing in the tech world is the most important thing but are they really?
What's the point in all the money in the world if you're not well enough to spend it?
Wheres the fun in having the gorgeous spouse if you are unable to go out and enjoy yourself with them?
& how is the latest piece of tech going to help you if your too far gone mentally that you can't even work out how to turn it on?
Hopefully, you get my point?
Without your health you have nothing.
Without your health life pretty much means nothing.
Well that's a depressing statement if ever I've heard one!
Shame it's true hey?
Unlike lots of things in life getting a handle on your stress and rolling back the damage being in a constant state of stress has done is pretty simple.
There are loads of things you can do to get yourself back into peak health (and I mean both physical and mental health because unlike the health service we recognise that our brains and bodies are attached & if they're not well I'm afraid it truly is game over!).
The first thing you need to do is accept that you are stressed out.
Even if you don't think you're stressed if you don't do any of the following then it's worth incorporating them into your daily routine because many of us have simply been stressed for ever and therefore can't even work out that we're not stressed...
Second change the way you approach the day:
Ask yourself what do you say/do first thing every morning?
Does your alarm go off, you spring out of bed, look in the mirror and tell yourself you're gorgeous and the day is going to be fabulous?
Does the alarm go off, you snooze, then you're late, you look in the mirror and think 'jeeps look what the cat dragged in', then spend the entire time brushing your teeth dreading what's about to happen?
If it's the latter then STOP.
Every day you have the choice to get up, be inspired and take action in the positive.
Third practice not 'complaining':
You're probably thinking - I don't complain.
But have you ever paid attention to how many times you actually do complain?
I challenge you to put 20p in a jar every time you complain for the next 24 hours & what ever is in at the end you donate to charity.
You'll be surprised at just how flush the charity has become!
Importantly, getting out of the complaining habit helps us take back our own power and have responsibility for our own lives again.
Fourth go for a walk:
I know, I bang on about exercise - but it really is the best thing in the world and most often free.
But did you know a 10 minute walk will give you 2 hours of natural energy?
It will also help you get grounded, chill out and come back to everything refreshed.
Well, it will if you don't spend the whole time replaying a negative experience in your head...
If your brain has a habit of doing this pay conscious attention to all the beautiful things you can see (this is all mindfulness is by the way).
It can help interrupt the negative/stressful thoughts you've been having long enough to give your mind a break and get some much needed respite.
Fifth give everyone you meet a mental award:
This is something I've only learned about recently and have found myself having so much fun doing it I definitely think it's a worthwhile practice.
Now, you have to make sure every award is genuine and heartfelt.
It must not be sarcastic, rude or spiteful.
Remember, we're trying to de-stress you not get you wound up!
It's so simple all you do is look at someone (whether walking past them, talking to them or however you happen to 'meet' this person and find something they are doing really well, above all the other things that they're doing and give them an award.
I always have a mental image of me and them being on stage and loads of people clapping as I say "... you have been awarded today's most inspiring quote".
It's really weird.
You can't help but smile.
I was smiling and awarding someone in my head as I was typing...
Finally, give yourself a cheeky wink every time you see yourself in a mirror:
It sounds nuts.
But, its fun.
It will make you laugh.
You are the most important person in your life so at least make it enjoyable!
Have fun & let me know which one you found most helpful.
Catch you soon - Katie.
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Katie Woodland - A developmental, and holistic psychologist who specialises in educating and empowering individuals, business leaders & school teachers to remove mental health as a barrier to success.
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