Need help improving your mood and reducing anxiety and stress?
It's time to take a look at your lifestyle and make sure these things are prevalent:
The number one thing that keeps us alive is air. Wind is good for us as it cleans the air of toxins. It is recommended that if you are working in an office or are inside all day, you need to be getting out at least 5 minutes of every hour. Spending long periods of time in a confined room, office or house (particularly one with air-conditioning) means that you are breathing in dirty air. It is also important to sleep with a window open so that the air can circulate around in your room (use a blanket if you are cold).
It is good to get into the habit of drinking at least 2 litres of water a day to keep your brain hydrated. It is well known the importance of keeping your body hydrated, but not about the brain. If we don't drink that much water (this doesn't include other liquids) then that is when we get headaches.
The Vitamin D from sunshine has a part in healing the emotions and all of the cells of the body. Have you ever felt totally depressed and then you got outside and felt the sun and almost instantly felt better? Sunshine is a very powerful healer! 20-30 minutes out in the sun (sans sunscreen) is all you need most days. Don't get burnt (you know your own skin tolerance to the sun), but stay out long enough to get the necessary benefit.
Many people spend all day sitting down, and many don't work out either. Really, all you need to do is just walk. Walking every day for just 45 minutes to an hour (or any amount of time that is doable for you) in an open space is of great benefit to your physical and mental health. It doesn't have to be fast, and you don't have to go a long distance. You just have to get out there and walk. Don't think of it as walking for exercise but rather walking for health.
Fruit and vegetables are natures most concentrated medicines. Eat more wholefoods! Eat foods close to nature that are unprocessed and organic wherever possible. Did you know that the majority of the feel good chemical Serotonin is actually in your gut rather than brain? This is partly why food is such an important part of your mental health and wellbeing.
Loving relationships are very healing. Surround yourself with loving people and distance yourself where possible from people who are toxic and bring you down. The quality of our connection with others has a lot to do with how we feel and function in the world.
We get so much pleasure from doing things we love. Discover what it is that you love todo. What lights you up and gives you that bursting feeling of excitement, happiness and inspiration? Is it music, drawing, cooking, reading, learning, seeing friends and family, getting out in nature... Find your passion/s and immerse yourself in it/them on a weekly basis.
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Steph Evans is a Psychologist with over 13 years of experience working with people of all ages and from all walks of life. She draws from a range of different therapies including both traditional evidence based practices and non traditional alternative based practices including energy work and music and sound healing.
She loves to empower clients to take their health and wellness into their own hands by teaching them the knowledge and skills to have the confidence to do so. She believes that mental health is about so much more than what we think or what may have happened to us and that it is impacted upon by a multitude of factors stemming from the mind, body and spirit. This has led her to working holistically - seeing the whole person - and working through all aspects of their lives: environmental, social, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. This is where she has seen true healing, growth and evolvement happen.
Steph is also a qualified musician and has integrated music and psychology to produce music meditations with brainwave entrainment to help people who struggle with traditional methods of meditation. All that is required is time out to relax and listen and there are meditations for a variety of issues including sleep, mood, anxiety, stress, creative focus, healing and recovery and addiction/weight loss.
Steph is also trained in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), MR (Matrix Reimprinting) and Medical Intuition and is confident she has something in her toolkit to assist anyone who is ready to transform and improve their overall health and wellbeing.
*Steph Evans is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).