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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

mental health awareness month
A lot is happening today, and it can feel overwhelming. It’s also challenging to know where to start when it comes to seeking help.
Focusing solely on our physical health while neglecting our mental and emotional well-being is easy in our fast-paced world. Research has shown that mental health is just as important as physical health, and overlooking it can have serious consequences such as chronic stress, which leads to weaken our immune systems, increase our risk of heart disease, and even shorten our lifespan. That is why it’s crucial to prioritize our mental health and well-being.
On a personal note, I was so stressed 16 years ago that it led to me being on three different blood pressure medications that wouldn’t improve until I got to the root cause of hypertension, which was stress-induced and wasn’t managed appropriately.

Let’s define some terminologies:

Stress is a biological response to a perceived threat. It’s caused by chemicals and hormones surging throughout your body in the form of cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine. These can help you respond to a particular problem, but too much can harm your health, especially if the response is persistent, which is now defined as chronic stress.
Chronic stress causes the most common chronic illnesses in the world: hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, stroke, cancer progression, and growth, and it is the umbrella under which all of your other behavior decisions are made:
  • What You Eat
  • How You Sleep
  • If You Exercise
  • How You Connect with Others
  • If You Use Risky Substances or Escapes to Soothe
  •  

To achieve optimal Mental Well-being, we need to rely on Lifestyle and behavioral changes that can prevent stress levels, and relaxation exercises can help relieve moments of increased stress.

I am still so baffled by how just walking for 30 minutes a day helped me improve my blood pressure of over 220 over 120 and get off the medications after three months.
I found a church member who helped me watch my newborn baby while I went out for fresh air and a journal walk. Everything is figureoutable….lol. I went to her home and walked in her neighborhood. The end goal was to reduce my stress level, keeping me in the parasympathetic rest and digest mode over the persistent sympathetic flight or fight mood.

Here Are My Favorite Stress Busters:

   1. Listening and dancing to my favorite music.
   2. Having meaningful social interaction with my family or friends .
   3. Watching my favorite shows
   4. Breath work, gratitude journaling, yoga movements, and stretching
   5. Meditation with or without apps or my bible. Some of my go apps are calm and my children use smiling mind.

I am a firm believer in the fact that we cannot manage what we cannot measure, so please set time aside to complete this stress inventory:

  • How is your stress level on a scale of 1-10?
  • Do you have practical tools to prevent and relieve your stress?
  • If you have tools, are you utilizing them?
  • Do you wish you had some help in learning how to feel calm?
  • Would you like to create a simple daily stress relief routine?

What did you find in your stress inventory?

If you suffer from chronic stress and would like some help, know that I am here for you and happy to coach you. Please email me so we can schedule a complimentary discovery call to learn about the different programs available.

You deserve to Live At Your Finest Mental Well-being because it is essential for living a happy, healthy life.

Cheers to Living At Your Finest Well-being: Whole, Vibrant, and Healthy.

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