“Five Well-Being Tips” by Emma Sims, Holistic Therapist
From suicidal depression and anxiety to embracing life’s ups and downs, here are five holistic tips for better mental well-being I’ve gleaned over the last 20 years and why I do the job I do. They helped me, but “take what you need and dismiss the rest”. You are all different, build your own tool kit!
Meditation, often known as mindfulness, helped me observe and notice what was happening within. A meditation myth is that we ‘should’ clear the mind of thoughts. However, this isn’t realistic for someone new to meditation. Instead, meditation means “to be aware’ and we can do this even while walking or eating.
Meditation increases self-awareness and acceptance. It allows us to experience and notice emotions as they are, rather than wishing they were different. When we can accept that things change, I no longer feel anxiety about the anxiety! Metta meditations encourage a compassionate approach towards ourselves.
Good nutrition and our five-a-day can be difficult if we lack motivation or time. A starting point can be a good multivitamin that contains a probiotic. I noticed a difference in my physical and mental health within a few weeks.
There is much interest now in the gut-brain link and how what we eat affects our mental well-being too. Food is our fuel: we wouldn’t put petrol in a diesel car.
Regular holistic therapies can retrain the body from tension to relaxation. Therapeutic touch can help to soothe frazzled nerves, a head massage may help calm a mind that can’t switch off and aromatherapy oils promote relaxation. After a treatment, some clients say they feel like they’ve had a nice glass of wine or two!
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Nature therapy and exercise includes the grounding, soothing and calming benefits of being out in the woods, in the mountains or by the sea. Combined with the physical effects of exercise which release endorphins, it can burn up the adrenaline, the anxiety of ‘fight and flight’ and help maintain weight. We can also feel inspired by wildlife, birds and beautiful views.
Listening to my intuition was another big turning point for me. Many relate to having gut feelings about something or something. Listening to that (but knowing it’s also different for everyone) can help us to navigate through difficult times and guide our choices and decisions. Learning more about how we can increase and enhance our intuition in a grounded way is a fascinating process and helps to build self-confidence and trust in ourselves.
Mood-wise, remember: it is always darkest before the dawn and “this too does pass”. On numerous occasions, that darkness, which can feel entrenching, does eventually make way for better things. It is like the winter cycle of our life when we feel like that and when things are tough, knowing we’ll eventually feel the spring helps us to hold on when at rock bottom.
If you do feel you need some support, you can find counselling and professional help from local organisations such as Advanced Brighter Futures, Papyrus, MIND and CAIS.
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Emma is a complementary holistic therapist, intuitive practitioner and Reiki teacher with 20+ years’ experience in this field. She is based at the Community Resource Centre in Gwersyllt.
Emma Sims has written a book about self-care. It is available through WordWorx Publishing. More details can be obtained from emmasims.co.uk.
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