Mental Health Awareness Month started in 1949, to bring awareness to, and reduce stigma around, the importance of mental health and create positive change. Recently, our culture has shifted even more importance on the subject. With our global landscape of elongated isolation during the pandemic, the great resignation, and unrealistic expectations that our now-normal should be like our then-normal, taking time to pause is becoming essential these days.
3 Ways to Honor Your Mental Well-Being
1. Explore your inner landscape.
HINT: Sanctuary makes it easier than it sounds.
I recently gave myself permission to enjoy a three hour Sanctuary session. Upon exiting, the first thing that crossed my mind was that I wished it was normal to give ourselves time and space to be unscheduled. To wander through our thoughts without hesitation and without judgment. To presently move into our bodies with contentment. Now, I understand that three hours is excessive and unreasonable to even consider for many, however one 90 minute session can provide a similar amount of uninhibited, unstructured space, if you let it.
Sanctuary provides a safe and purely dedicated space to practice whatever brings you peace of mind on any given day. Breathwork to uncover stuck patterns. A plethora of movement practices to switch the flow of conversation from your spiraling thoughts into twisting your intuitive body into playful poses. Guided meditations to bring your awareness to your breath, physical body, and possibly even curate an attitude adjustment.
One of our guests wrote this about feeling safe enough in our studios to be out of their comfort zone:
“This is the first time in my 65 years that I have been willing to try yoga. The environment is amazing, the privacy is amazing and the spa affect is amazing. I come each week to do Back Magic and to shed stress. It’s been transformative." ~Anne
Do you need help figuring out what kind of mini-retreat suits you? Use these suggestions for your next session to help you feel Calm, Centered, or Awake.
2. Seek support or a trusted someone to talk with
One of the secrets of The Blue Zones, which are the five locations on Earth that have the longest life span, is having strong social ties to a community. It is no secret that having a sense that we are in this together accompanies a supportive comfort that our human nature pines for.
“We're genetically hardwired to crave social interaction and when you don't have it, there’s a level of subconscious stress that grates away at you,” Dan Buettner mentions in his book, The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest.”
Meaningfully connecting with your community, whether it’s taking a walk together, eating a meal, enjoying a glass of red wine, or taking a yoga class together, carries with it a sense of worth and satisfaction. We recently found this list of 99 questions that create a deeper connection. Bring a friend with you into your next session and use the 30 minutes after to ask questions and learn about each other in ways that you haven’t before.
Some of our favorites are:
- When do you feel most authentically yourself?
- What accomplishments are you most proud of?
- What is the compliment you receive most often?
3. Tap into digital resources
Technology can be more useful now than ever before to help regulate emotions and understand our natural and inherent rhythms. When not spending time in meditation in our own studios, Insight Timer is a favorite free app of ours. Brenda Umana, of OM Marketing, recently released a 12-minute Guided Journaling & Reflections meditation, where she encourages you to “take this time to "purge your mind,” write what's on your heart and acknowledge your emotions through nurturing and guided prompts.” Next time you take a session, bring your journal with you and listen to Brenda’s soothing voice as she reaches through the platform of technology to help you connect more deeply with yourself.
The good side of social media is that it can connect us with those that we wouldn’t regularly be able to connect with. Here’s a list of a few accounts that lift us up and inspire us. We think you’ll dig them as well.
- Lindsay Braman - Therapist, Artist, Dog admirer, Mischief maker
- Morgan Harper Nichols - Autistic Artist + Writer
- Divya Robin - Therapist sharing daily mental health content, 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒍 talks about emotions, relationships, transitions, a space to be human + grow together
- Give yourself permission to explore your inner landscape. Utilize the studios at Sanctuary to safely drop into your practice.
- Connecting deeply to your friends, family, and community feeds a physical and emotional need ingrained in all of us humans.
- Use technology to facilitate growth and inspiration.
Just for you:
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