What’s your Mental diet?
Food is medicine. Absolutely. That premise is the basis of my medicine, personally and professionally. It is truly one of the most intimate ways our body interacts with the environment. Ingesting our world physically and assimilating into us. Taking a piece of our surroundings and building our cells with it. The other aspect of our diet that should be equally considered is what we consume mentally and emotionally. What thoughts do you feed yourself? Are they nourishing you? What are you feeding your brain? Just as our food becomes our cells, the thoughts and messages we feed ourselves help us build our beliefs about ourselves and the world. Some simple way to ensure a healthy mental diet would be:
- Gratitude- journals, moments, however you can evoke it.
- Limit your news to 20 minutes daily
- Limit social media.
- Mindful moments. Reflect on how you feel after watching tv, listening to music or any other media. How can you change
- Emotional freedom technique or Tapping. Exploring underlying emotions that may have not quite surfaced initially.
- Explore your self talk. Maybe even check in with a friend or therapist about it.
- Cultivate your message to yourself. Get some affirmations cards, a board on Pinterest or otherwise a cute book that can give you a lift up at any point during the day.
- Consider giving yourself a media detox. Step away from social media, maybe even most news for a few days and notice your energy and mood levels. Much like an elimination diet, you may notice a change as you integrate things back.
We are very connected with our environment. What we ingest of it can heal us or hurt us. Consuming a healthy mental diet of joy, gratitude and honesty is often as important as vegetables! Eat your greens and avoid your means! 😊