It’s National Women’s Health Week and that means you have the perfect opportunity to celebrate your physical and mental health. Taking care of yourself doesn’t have to require big, grand gestures. Incorporating small things everyday into your routine can produce big changes in the long-run. During this week, try the following techniques designed to bring health and happiness into your life.
1. Write down a gratitude list: It has been shown that writing a daily gratitude list can help combat feelings of sadness and depression. When you focus on the things you have, it keeps your mind off of the things you don’t have. This week, start with you. Everyday, write down three things you are grateful about yourself to kick start your daily gratitude list.
2. Do something you truly love: Is there something you love to do that you put on the backburner when things get busy? The only way to be able to enjoy your passions is to make time for them. This may seem impossible some days and weeks, even months or years but the time is now. The time is this week. Break out your favorite paperback book or pull out your coloring books and enjoy your hobby.
3. Practice relaxation techniques: One of the best things you can do for yourself is to practice relaxation techniques. Some of them don’t even require a lot of time. The first one you can practice, any time and any place, is deep breathing. Practice breathing slowly in through your nose and slowly out through your nose. You can practice deep breathing while you are driving, before you go into a meeting or when your making dinner. Another relaxation strategy is to practice yoga. If you can’t make it to a hot yoga class at your local studio, try some stretches at home or at your desk. Finally, start a 10-minute a day meditation practice. YouTube has some amazing and easy-to-use 10-minute guided meditations you can use. Meditation has been proven to reduce stress and improve mental health.
No matter how you decide to celebrate, make it fun and stress-free. Happy National Women’s Health Week!
Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC is Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice who treats adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Amanda has a therapist collaborative called “Caring Therapists of Broward” in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Amanda helps her clients begin on the journey of symptom relief, self-discovery and healing. Amanda graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Amanda is an initiate of the Beta Tau Chapter at Nova Southeastern University; she serves as their chapter advisor of is a leader of the Broward Alumnae Association.