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Often times, especially with food-focused blogs, you will find your fair share of articles about the importance of physical health. Eating properly. Drinking plenty of water. Coupling that with regular exercise is the golden ticket to a healthy life, right?
Sure, that combination definitely doesn't hurt anything. But what about mental health? What about making sure that you take the time to acknowledge and exercise your emotions?
Talking about ones feelings is something that makes a lot of people uncomfortable, myself included. To allow myself to openly talk about struggles, ups and downs, my intimate feelings and thoughts? Well, that does not come naturally to me. I do share a lot about my life on this website and my social media outlets. It is important for me to be open about certain things that are happening in my life. On the other hand, there is a lot that I have chosen to keep personal and keep behind closed doors. My goal has always been to be as authentic and genuine as possible, but to be truthful, Instagram and social media always tends to be a highlights reel.
So what do I do to make sure that I am keeping myself in check when it comes to my own personal health? I have seen a therapist in the past - something that is so far outside my comfort zone, but it proved to be one of the most beneficial and freeing experiences I've ever had. I will always tell anyone that there is nothing wrong about going to talk to a professional about things that you're dealing with. It shouldn't be a badge of shame that you walk around with. In fact, I think it shows true strength and courage to take hold of your feelings and ensure that you're living a healthy life.
Yoga and meditation is another practice that I have been trying to make a regular part of my day-to-day. Clearing my mind of thoughts and anxieties and allowing myself to be one with my body and be present in any given moment. It's not always easy, nothing in life is, but I have found that the benefits of even 10-20 minutes a day of yoga and meditation are beyond anything I could have ever expected. Even long walks by the lake are helpful when trying to hit the reset button. The key to success? Try to minimize distractions. I leave my phone at home and allow myself to remain present in the moment, listening to the sounds of the city. At first this can be awkward or perhaps even a little nerve-racking. Don't we need our phones on us at all times? No, not at all. An hour or two away from your phone can do worlds of good.
When it comes to mental and emotional health, don't be ashamed of it. Be proud that you are standing up allowing yourself to take care of yourself - mind, body and soul.
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