Tips For Protecting Your Physical And Mental Health
Posted by Sandra Guynes MSN, RN (she/her) on 19th Aug 2021
As we get ready to say farewell to summer, kids return to school and we get ready for another year of unknowns, it’s also a great time to reflect and remember - particularly the inner work, peace, and space you’ve worked so hard to find during this pandemic.
As things “opened” up and the world started to move at a faster pace, consultations in my practice came to a stall. Were people healed or having less symptoms? I doubt that to be the case. But a new energy was feeding our souls.
Was it the excitement and hope of finally seeing family, making up for lost time and visiting places we had been dreaming of? I’m not sure because in all honesty, I was there with you all.
I found hope in making plans. I gathered with friends and “opened” up in many ways from the quiet stillness of 2020. Distractions can so easily keep us from making time to reflect, nurture and care for ourselves. This month, instead of sharing what’s happening in my practice. I’ll share what’s happening in the heart of this nurse.
As things in the world seem to bubble up and create another wave of crazy, anxiety- producing energy I’ll offer you some tools and a question: What are you willing to do to protect your physical and mental health?
Here’s what’s working for me:
How long and how far are irrelevant. Lace your walking shoes, place your earbuds in and go.
I’ve kept this as part of my practice pre-pandemic and continue now. I can honestly say my daily dose is essential. I currently use the NurseGrown 5:1 Hemp Oil which has proven great for my anxiety and chronic inflammatory flare-ups.
I try to enjoy a full body massage at least once a month. When I can’t get one in, my alternative go tos include:
- Acupressure Mat. Check online for some pretty affordable ones. Lay on these mats and feel your knots just melt away.
- Dry Brushing. A great way to get your blood moving and detox your lymphatic system. According to Dr. Shiri Khetarpal: “Dry brushing unclogs pores in the exfoliation process. It also helps detoxify your skin by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow/drainage.”
If you are new to meditation, I’d like to encourage you to find what works best for you. Meditation for me is relaxing and I prefer to lay down with an eye mask on.
There are no hard and fast rules as to how meditation needs to look or feel or how long it has to be. Give yourself grace and try different types of meditation. Always remember: YouTube is your friend.
Photos by Conscious Design on Unsplash and the author
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