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Everyday Actions

Daily Habits to Boost Mental Health

Maintaining mental health requires effort every day. Small changes in daily habits can boost mental health. Little things add up to determine how we treat ourselves overall. 

Life is filled with ups and downs and understanding how to manage our own mental health can significantly impact the ease at which we get through troubled times. For example, we all experience the loss of a loved one at some point, whether is death or estrangement, divorce, or all of the above. 

Eat Superfoods

Berries, leafy greens, nuts, and beans.  Berries can be added to smoothies, yogurt, and oatmeal. I’ve heard that frozen is just as good as fresh so get the biggest bag and enjoy a half a cup every day.  Kale is hearty and can easily be used in salads, slow cooker recipes, and one pot meals.


A Comfortable Seat & a Quiet Place

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Daily three-minute meditations

Meditation is a secret weapon to strengthen your mental muscles.  Studies show that regular meditation changes our brains. It helps us calm anxiety and let go of it.

Start by committing to three minutes a day for a week.  There are free guided meditations on Youtube and there are several apps to help build a practice.

Meditation is simple, yet many of us find it challenging to start. An easy form of meditation to calm anxiety in a stressful situation is to imagine a calm safe place and stay there in your mind for a few minutes. Breathe in and out and focus on the feeling of calm and safety.

Mindfulness Gadgets & Games

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Sleep & Meditation Aid

Morphie sleep and meditation gadget.

Muse HeadBand

The Muse Head Band comes with an app that reads your brainwaves and fosters relaxation.

Concious Card Game

Have a thoughtful conversation about mindfulness


Night Time Routine

white coffee cup with the word "relax" printed on it.

Add self-care time to your evenings

Takes some extra time for yourself in the evening before bed. A magnesium bath in Epsom salt can be even more relaxing with a hot cup of chamomile tea and night-time aromatherapy oils.

Be sure to take a few minutes in the bath and do some breathwork.  Count your inhales and exhales as you calmly soak.

Try a body scan, mentally going up and down your body, addressing any sensations as you think about each limb and muscle, from your little toe to the top of your head.

Relaxing Minerals, Oils, & Herbs

Jumbo Epsom Salt

Massage therapists recommend three cups of Epsom salt in the bath to get the benefits.

Wind Down Aromatherapy

Fill the air with diffused essential oils that promote relaxation.

Lavender & Chamomile Tea

Caffeine-free herbal teas are a good way to wind down the evening and prepare for sleep.