Best Foods to Promote Better Mental Health
You’ve probably heard the phrase before — You are a goddess, so treat yourself like one! Too often in today’s society women will put their family’s needs above their own to the point of neglecting their own self-care, but treating yourself like a goddess means making yourself number one in your life. Below are some ways that you can take care of your physical and mental health so that you can live like the goddess you are.
Ask for Help
Part of taking care of your mental and physical needs is realizing that you can’t always do everything on your own. Sometimes you have to ask for help, and that is nothing to be ashamed about. Asking for help could mean seeing a therapist to learn how to manage stress and anxiety, or it could mean hiring someone to help take care of the house. Reaching out for help is good for your mental health because it takes some of the pressure off of you so that you feel less overwhelmed. If you have a stubborn tendency to do it all yourself, it’s time to let go and others serve you. You are a goddess, after all.
Treating yourself like a goddess means not only nourishing your body with the nutrition that it needs but also turning the act of eating into a pleasurable experience rather than a monotonous activity. That means experimenting with new recipes so that you can actually enjoy the nutritional food that you are putting into your body, but it also means shifting how you approach mealtime. Rather than rushing through lunch so that you can get back to work, take the time to sit down for your meal and savor every bite.
That being said, however, a goddess is also not ashamed of what she eats. Do you love caramel nut brownies? Give yourself permission to enjoy those brownies. Do you have a ridiculous love for Kraft mac n’ cheese? Whip up that mac n’ cheese! Happiness in eating comes from moderation, not abstinence.
Move Your Body
A lot of women avoid exercising for a slew of reasons — not enough time, boring, painful, too hot, too cold, too tired, etc. — but your body needs physical activity to help you live up to your goddess nature. However, that doesn’t mean you have to treat exercise like it’s a chore. Exercise should serve you—you shouldn’t serve it. Treating yourself like a goddess means finding an activity that you enjoy and actually look forward to. Instead of hopping on the treadmill, try a dance class. Instead of lifting weights, learn how to lift a sword. You’ll feel better physically and the endorphins will boost your mental health.
Get Regular Check-Ups
Most women are good about getting regular female wellness exams, but unfortunately for many women, the gynecologist is the only doctor they see regularly. Part of treating yourself as the goddess you are is to respect your whole body. That means getting general checkups with a regular doctor to take a look at your overall health. While going to the doctor isn’t necessarily fun, when you better understand what is going on with your body, you can better strategize how to take care of your physical health.
Surprisingly, this may be one of the most difficult tasks on this list. This is because meditation requires quieting the mind for periods of time, a remarkably difficult activity in today’s fast-paced society. Still, just as your body needs rest after strenuous activity, so does your mind. Start by setting aside just 5 minutes out of every day, either in the morning to prepare you for the day ahead or in the evening to help let go of the day’s stressors (or both if you feel ready for it). Sit calmly and quietly and focus your attention on a soothing mantra or a pleasant mental image. With regular practice, you will start to feel mentally rested and rejuvenated.
Blaze Your Own Path
A goddess does not require others’ approval; she does what she pleases and lets the worship come later. You are free to do what makes you happy in life. If you’re stuck in a job that doesn’t appreciate you, go back to school or find a career that does. If you’re in a toxic relationship (romantic or otherwise), leave. If you’ve always wanted to travel the world, find a way to make it happen. It’s your life, and the only one who determines what happens to it is you.
Taking the time to meet your physical and mental needs can be difficult at first, you are well worth the effort. After all, you are a GODDESS.