Healthy Mind, Healthy You is a weekly column written by Mental Wellness Coach Cynthia M. Each week, she will share insight on how you can be live a healthier life. You can read previous articles from this column here.
When I was a child, I remember the holidays just meant when the decorations go up and you have lots of yummy food and wait for Santa’s surprise under the tree that one day. Just seeing these little bits, we would already feel excited and in the mood for the December holidays. Sadly, as we have gotten older, good cheer is not so easy to spread.
With many of us unable to be with family or friends the way we normally do, it’s a tough time to deal with emotionally. I would like to encourage you to find as much content as you can that can help uplift you.
There are plenty of great books and blogs out there that you can feed your mind over this break. Find one or two good books to sink into over the holidays. Whenever you get a moment, you can sit and read a page or two. Same thing applies to blogs, and most are shorter than books but have plenty of great content to follow.
Journaling is therapeutic in most cases. This is because as you write your feelings, you are consciously expressing them and letting them go. You could even start a blog of your own, and it can follow whatever journey you find yourself on right now.
As you find more stuff to add to content, find a few podcasts or some great music. Engaging our auditory senses is great stimulation for the mind, but it is very enriching as an experience when the content is particularly good.
This one I left for last. That’s because it takes a lot more effort to find great, engaging content to watch without spending hours binging that random series on whatever streaming platform you use. Take time to look for good shows, documentaries, or movies. Whether you spend time learning new things or just having a good laugh, engage your mind in things that will give you that warm feeling that you are okay.
Being in the right frame of mind is only possible when we take care of the mind. By engaging with good content that grows you and helps uplift your spirits, you will enjoy these holidays. As you get to listen or read or watch, do share with others so they too have an outlet.
Until next time, remember: when you change your thinking, you can change your life.
Cynthia M is a mental wellness coach trained in psychology. She works with different individuals and groups to help them establish a more balanced state of emotional wellbeing so they can experience a better quality of life.
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Cynthia M is a Mental Wellness Coach trained in Psychology. She works with different
individuals and groups to help them establish a more balanced state of emotional wellbeing so
they can experience a better quality of life.