I bet you are wondering what I could possibly talk about regarding to healing. I am definitely not a doctor and I will definitely not be selling you some insane new medical craze. What I will do is tell you what new things I am trying and what I am learning to help heal myself. Hopefully you will find something to help you heal along the way too.
There are many moving parts in health and the healing avenue of my blog will focus on non-physical aspects. By that I mean social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. No, I am not going to preach to you or have you read a lengthy book with testaments in it, but I will try to expose you to new aspects of your life that you maybe didn’t realize needed tending to.
But to keep it (semi) brief, this post will list the five things that I am currently implementing in my day-to-day life that may bring you some stress-relief.
- JOURNALING. I know what you are thinking, “This girl is so cliche to say journaling is going to help me in any way. I don’t have time for that and it wouldn’t help anyway.” I said that for about ten years. In the past year I have started journaling semi-frequently and more recently I have been journaling almost daily. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Buy a pretty journal/notebook. If it is visually appealing, you will be more likely to want to pick it up and start jotting down thoughts.
- You don’t have to just write out things that are bothering you. I started by listing five things every day that I was grateful for. After a while I started writing other things such as ideas, problems, and plans.
- MEDITATION. This is a newer thing to me. I have always been interested in meditation,
but didn’t start trying it on my own until a couple months ago when a doctor I work with
took the time to teach me a little about it. She meditates regularly and told me that it helps a lot of people with anxiety (like me). I was sold. I use the app “Headspace” currently and I LOVE it. Meditation has brought me so much peace and the more I do it, the more productive and happy I become. Try it out for five minutes to start and go from there.
- NON-WORK RELATED HOBBIES. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking care of people and
helping people as a nurse, but it takes a lot out of me emotionally sometimes. I can tell
when my brain craves something creative that it’s time to start a project. Working on
something non-work related helps me to de-stress and recenter myself Don’t have a
hobby yet? That’s okay! There are so many awesome options out there. Keep an eye
out on the minimalist tab on my blog for some awesome minimalist-friendly hobby ideas
that don’t take up a lot of space, but can be a lot of fun.
- FRESH AIR. This sounds like a no-brainer for some people, but living in an urban
environment has me finding myself at home a lot. If I start spending a lot of time going
from work to home and back again, I always try to tentatively make plans to go out for at
least a few hours. Regardless if that means going for a walk through a shopping mall,
taking my dog for a walk to the park, or just going for a ride around the countryside with
my husband, I always feel recharged after I get out of the house for a bit.
- UNPLUGGING. This is something that I struggle with. My phone is normally attached to my
hip and when it isn’t I either have my laptop, Amazon Echo, Television, or all of the
above. It’s hard to not get caught up in the instant gratification of “likes” and “comments”
that send bursts of endorphins in my brain. But I have found that social media leads me
to negative self-image most times and having unrealistic expectations about what my life
should be. Seeing other people’s highlights of their life sometimes ends in me feeling
poorly about myself and that is not the path toward healing that I am trying to achieve.
Healing and health isn’t just about eating right and exercising your body. It is about mental well-being and taking care of your emotional self. I hope that one day, both you and I, will find unfaltering health and happiness.