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Self-care rituals on World Mental Health Day

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By Hoiisa’s editor

2020 has been tough. If the year has zapped your energy and joy—you’re not alone. While you’re busy social distancing, sanitizing, protesting or just watching the news, these uncertain and unprecedented times are taking their toll on everyone. This is why self-care has never been more important for your mental health. 

This World Mental Health Day, we’re sharing a few self-care rituals from the pros that will help you feel grounded, recharged and more in control. These do take practice, but once you’ve found your sweet spot, they really do help! 

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Practice Mindfulness and Meditation: Mindfulness encompasses a long list of rituals, but it essentially involves being in the moment. “When you are feeling stress, try to sit down, take a deep breath and close your eyes. Focus on your breath as it moves in and out of your body. Sitting and breathing for even just a minute can help,” says Dr. Grand McDonald, a Chicago-based therapist. For more inspiration on this ritual keep up-to-date with the latest daily self-care routines on the self care space.

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Exercising Outdoors or via Online Streaming: “Maintaining good physical health is a key component to mental health,” says Dr. Shelley Sommerfeldt, an L.A.-based psychologist. “Physical exercise, even a simple walk, has been noted to increase neurotransmitters that are associated with improving mood and cognitive function. Exercise also allows an outlet for reducing stress and managing difficult emotions, which is key in self-care.” We love following @miss_austyle and @stormcycling for the ultimate fitness inspiration.

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Prioritizing Nutrition: “Maintaining a balanced diet is crucial to relieving stress. Everything in the body is connected,” says Dr. McDonald. She recommends self-soothing with comfort foods high in nutrients like warm oatmeal and other anti-stress foods like oranges, spinach and fatty fish. If you’re in need of a few more nutrition tips, follow our go-to source for all things wellness @thelifecentre.

Carve out ‘YOU’ time: “Set boundaries in your everyday life,” says Dr. McDonald Turn off your work email when you’re done for the day, set boundaries with friends and families who demand too much of your time and set quiet times for phone notifications. 

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Reach out to a professional: When you’re having trouble staying afloat, a licensed counsellor can help you with mental health challenges. Speak to someone today and soon you’ll be dancing under the water instead of drowning. Access more mental health resources through the Dubai-based @safespacedxb.

Source: Refinery29

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