Your mental health is connected with your physical health and the health of your spirit, whatever that means to you. We are a system that needs to work beautifully together. If one part of our system is out of whack then another part will be out of whack too. Have you ever found yourself in that place where you are so overwhelmed that you don't know where to start? Me too. There is no way that I would trade my job for any other job on the planet or my family for any other family. That being said, those two things take up most of my time leaving little room for anything else, including taking care of me. I know you all can relate.
Being the busy caretaker and helper that I am, I left part of me in the dust which led to me feeling really dull mentally and physically not so great either (I am working on the physical part as well). After talking a lot about my own stress to my therapist, friends and other health practitioners, it has become abundantly clear that taking care of a family (and all the things that go under that heading, which is never ending) (Am I using parenthesis too much? Oh well, this is my blog, Lol) and taking in the emotional stress of my clients that I have the most sacred privilege of working with, I am spent. One of the things I used to do that gave back to me was create things. If you know me, I am delightfully quirky. The things that I create and consume of others is delightfully quirky as well. I think one of the benefits of that for me was that it released stress and was a way that I expressed my feelings in a safe way. I would laugh about the ideas in my head and shared it with others to connect as well and enjoy a laugh to work tension out of my body. Oh boy do I love a good laugh.
What are some things that you have forgotten about that help you release stress? How are you taking care of your mind, body and spirit?