There are many aspects to mental health and well-being. In an individualistic sense, we all have our own sense of style, religion, hobbies, friends, etc. When we are young, we learn about what the world must offer and we partake in activities that interest us. As we get older, we realize that we have the autonomy to take care of our own health and well-being, and we have the option to decide who we are meant to be as a person in the world. For individuals seeking to maintain their mental health or are seeking treatment to overcome the harsh effects of a mental illness, mind, body, and spirit approaches are critical for optimal growth.
Mind, body, and spirit approaches provide a person with a more holistic sense of who they are and where they came from. They allow the individual to see themselves in a more raw, realistic way and provide depth that may not have been previously discovered by the person.
There are many ways in which a person can incorporate mind, body, and spirit elements into their treatment plan:
- Journaling – an effective tool for exploring one’s feelings, a journal is a terrific way for a person to get to know themselves a little more. We often overlook the patterns of our emotions by being too indulged in moment-to-moment nuances of daily life.
- Yoga – a form of exercise and meditation, yoga allows the person to connect with all three – mind, body, and spirit. Through movement, a person can strengthen and restore, balance and reconnect.
- Mindfulness/Meditation – a transformative tool to be used daily, individuals can focus on the present moment to gain perspective on their lives and connect to their inner spiritual being. All too often we become engulfed in our own stress, but mindfulness and meditation allows us to take a step back and see the bigger picture.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – although both are form of therapy, anyone can gather activities online or in books to utilize. These are excellent methods for re-structuring thoughts in a more positive and productive way.
Daily stressors can cause anyone to have an overload of negativity. Often these stressors are uncontrollable, and it is crucial that we dedicate ourselves to activities that help restore our mental energy. There are thousands of resources available on these approaches (and more). With all our other obligations, we need to start placing our health and well-being as a top priority. We are worthy human beings who deserve to grow and transform in beautiful ways. We can start this today by taking small, daily steps towards learning more about ourselves.
New Vista Behavioral Health is a nationwide family of treatment providers, including primary mental health care. Holding our treatment programs to higher standards, we offer exceptional care along a full continuum of options to provide better outcomes for your recovery.
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