“The body achieves that which the mind believes,” is a popular phrase that emphasises the power of positive thinking. We are often reminded that we can push our body to achieve what our mind can visualise. Many of us have experienced the power of our minds when we have worked hard to achieve our dreams and aspirations. Alas, the mind can also falter and fall prey to constant pressure.
Mental health has become a major talking point in recent times with many health experts and advocates drawing attention to the importance of boosting our mental health. The many stresses of our daily life – jobs, commutes, family expectations, caring for children and parents – can affect our mental health. Dealing with stresses everyday can lead to anxiety, lowered self-esteem and self-confidence, depression as well as eating and behavioural disorders among others.
However, mental wellness and regular efforts to boost one’s mental health offer manifold benefits. When our mental health is strong we are better able to deal with life’s daily stresses. For one, we view life more optimistically. Secondly, mental strength improves our mood, helps us enjoy activity and improves our social interactions. Finally, mental wellness also boosts our overall health and well being. Thus, it serves us greatly to make the effort to continuously improve our mental wellness.
Regular exercise, yoga and healthy eating are few of the popular practices to relieve stress and boost one’s mental well being. Here are some other unconventional but therapeutic ways to achieve similar results:
Believed to be one of the best ways to calm the mind and greatly reduce stress and anxiety, meditation is a powerful practice to achieve mental wellness. Just like regular exercise strengthens the muscles of the body, regular meditation strengthens our mind and mental responses. All you need is some space, a yoga mat and the stillness of morning to achieve that much-desired mental strength.
Gong Room Therapy
Sound therapy is commonly used to help treat conditions like stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, sleep disorders, etc. However, regularly absorbing soothing sound waves relaxes not just our mind but also our muscles and thus provides deep healing. The gong is a percussion musical instrument used to create harmonic vibrations in a gong room. This sound-based healing therapy is quickly gaining popularity as a minimum effort practice which effectively boosts our mental wellness.
Add a few drops of mint or eucalyptus oil to hot water and inhale the steam to relieve a blocked nose or headache. This is not just an effective tip from your grandmother but also a traditional form of aromatherapy. There are many similar plants and herbs such as basil, rosemary, lemongrass, thyme, tea tree and more who’s aroma provides a sense of relaxation and healing. Walking around an aroma garden, with specifically curated plants and herbs, is a popular form of aromatherapy which helps one unwind, relax and have a sensorial healing experience.
Relieving stress or letting off steam is essential to maintaining one’s health and wellness. Supplement your exercises and healthy diet with some of these recommended practices to boost your mental wellness. For, health is a state of body while wellness is a state of being. Svamitva’s upcoming project Codename Wellness is designed with numerous wellness amenities aimed at boosting your mental wellness. These include a Gong Room, Meditation Room and Aroma Garden. Learn some more about this unique wellness residential project.