Balancing your mental health and emotional well-being in times of crisis is challenging. Here are five steps to help you take charge and become your own health and well-being coach. You can do this!
Our mental and physical health affect every aspect of life, so you should make it a priority. This can be difficult because the modern world places our overall health secondary to profit. So, it’s prudent to structure our lives to include tactics that bolster our health. It becomes more critical and challenging during a health crisis, like a pandemic.
Make health a priority and a part of your ‘new normal.’ Making it a priority over everything else gives you the good health to enjoy all that life offers.
Improve Your Health and Well-Being
Let’s start our discussion with a definition of health and wellness.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” — World Health Organization (WHO) (1)
You’ll notice that this definition includes three distinct elements, physical, mental and social.
We’ll discuss five steps you can take to improve your health and well-being in all areas of life. These are practical, but not necessarily easy. These simple steps go against the cultural narrative that keeps us bound.
However, implementing just one of these practices will cause noticeable, positive changes. The more of these steps you can put in place, the better. We’ve put them in the order we think works best. You might think meditating or reading would be first, but reducing the cultural noise makes these processes much more accessible.
Becoming Your Health and Well-Being Coach
1) Reduce Cultural Noise
The first thing to address is our social well-being. Our culture has a huge impact on our mental perspective. Emphasize those things with positive and beneficial outcomes. Then eliminate anything harmful. Don’t forget that the Earth is a living thing. When people and practices have a positive impact, everyone benefits, not just a select group.
Social media, with a negative bias, is the source of most of our harmful programming. This kind of programming is a brainwashing technique that will skew your thinking and values. So, stop watching and listening to any news outlets or radio programs that spew hateful rhetoric. You can spot these sources easily because they promote sectarian religious bias and prejudice. Spiritual elitism is harmful to you and everyone in your sphere of influence. The ego loves this programming because it can maintain control by triggering fear and anger.
Here’s a shortlist of sources that regularly provide false and misleading information poised as news (2) :
|Before it’s News||Newsmax|
|Bill O’Reilly||OAN News (OANN)|
|Brit Hume||Postal Reporter|
|Catholic Vote||Postal Times|
|Citizens United||Rita Crosby|
|Constitution Society||Shepard Smith|
|Epoch Times||The Conservative|
|Fox News||Voice conservativevoice.com|
|Greta Van Susteren||World Net Daily|
The above is just the shortlist. There are a lot of social outlets that profit from your consumption of their propaganda because it sells advertising space. Propaganda is hazardous to your mental health and emotional well-being.
The COVID pandemic provided opportunties for propaganda advertisers to generate more revenue. They capitalised on controversies, false information and bad advice. This misinformation was wrapped in religious and political rhetoric, but this propaganda has had a detrimental effect on people’s lives. When they ignore the advice of actual medical professionals, like the CDC, and adopt gimmick treatments, people suffer horrible consequences. This is why it’s important to eliminate your exposure to negative social programming. Before the internet organized religion was the main source. The internet has enabled both the political and religious propaganda industries access to a larger audience. This kind of brainwashing causes mental stress and tension when it clashes with facts and evidence.
There is a constant tension between science and religion, which can cause a condition known as cognitive dissonance. This mental state creates depression and anxiety. When we react to fear instead of reason, we are susceptible to groupthink manipulation. Fear can be addictive, even though it is harmful to our health. The bottom line, unplug from harmful programming. Start to question the cultural narrative, especially if the information it comes from the sources above. The first step in becoming your health and well-being coach is to eliminate your exposure to harmful programming.
Understand that the focus of these tools is to trigger emotional responses. Most times, they fill these assertions with misleading information. So, what are the sources of this harmful programming and stress?
If you eliminate or reduce these sources to a minimum, your mental health and emotional well-being will immediately improve.
2) Use A Journal
If you are honest in documenting your thoughts, you’ll see the positive and the negative. It will show you the effects of exposure to adverse social programming in black and white. It will also reveal the thought scripts of personality and instinct.
Using a journal is second on the list after clearing the mind clutter. Once you can think more clearly, you can start your true feelings and thoughts. Putting them on paper is therapeutic. Yes, use a paper-based journal instead of an electronic one. Your handwriting contains a lot of information. There are clues in your doodling and drawing as well.
Graphology is the study of handwriting. You can learn a lot from how you put your thoughts on paper.
This simple tool will help you see and purge negative bias and prejudice from your beliefs and self-talk. You’ll likely see thought patterns. It will help you see the harmful programming you need to remove.
3) Read and Learn
Reading a variety of different kinds of material expands your perspective. Best of all, read science-based books, something outside of your paradigm. It will open your mind to other possibilities and increase your analytical abilities.
If you are not used to reading new material, you may find it tiring. Why? Because you are not used to encountering new ideas. Once you learn to encounter new ideas, you’ll learn to love it. Reading new material helps you grow, it’s good for your mental health and emotional well-being.
Learn a new language to increase the ability of your mind. When we learn, we create new relationships in the brain. Learning a new language expands our awareness as we create new ways of communicating and understanding,
Considering ideas outside of your comfort zone makes it easier for you to change your beliefs without triggering cognitive dissonance. You will become less fearful of ideas outside of your sacred ground, and it may even make you a freethinker.
It’s essential to learn and incorporate the proper meditation that will enable you to reach the 4th state of consciousness. Meditation is the most powerful element for balancing your health and well-being. Meditation will build a healthy foundation for the mind.
The mind heals itself through rest, and the proper meditation is like a reset switch providing this deep, restful state. It allows you to access the transcendent state of silence. You reach this state through a process known as Japa Meditation. This technique’s more well-known commercial version is Transcendental Meditation (TM).
You have probably heard the 4th state of consciousness described in several ways. For example, Samādhis the common Indian term from (Sanskrit) Samādhi, sama, meaning “together,” and dhi, meaning “mind.” Other influential teachers refer to this state of pure awareness, bliss consciousness, and the state of transcendent awareness. This state has metabolic characteristics that differ from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
Meditation is one practice that gives you immediate results, peace of mind, reduction in stress, and a refreshing outlook. Med is the one exercise that modern medicine recommends increasing your mental health and emotional well-being.
5) Regular Physical Exercise
Engage in a regular exercise program designed to cover all aspects of general fitness, from cardio and strength training to flexibility and stamina. The greater the number of these actions you can put in place, the greater the probability of moving past the inertia. These steps may not unshackle you from your life situations, but they will provide clarity and enable you to balance with less stress.
We know this one can be difficult to add to your routine, but it’s critical. But, when you take charge as your health and well-being coach, you will have the flexibility to change your routine daily routine. One way is to bundle something you like with the exercise. An example would playing your favorite music before or during your exercise routine. You can also use periodic non-food rewards, like new exercise shoes, when reaching a specific benchmark.
Our recommendation is for a focus on durability. Physical durability includes the full range of wellness, physical, mental, and spiritual. So, this consists of both seated and moving methods of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness differs from Japa or TM listed above. However, they are easy to learn. You can teach yourself if personal instruction isn’t available.
Increasing Our Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being
When you suffer from depression, anxiety, and lack of inspiration, you are more susceptible to self-hypnosis and group hypnosis manipulation tactics. Organized religion is the primary source of this propaganda mechanism. Many people believe religion is the fast food of spirituality.
Create a plan of your own that incorporates these five steps, reduce the cultural noise, use a journal, read and learn, meditate and exercise. These practical steps will make your body, mind and spirit more durable. These activities will insulate you from the effects of groupthink manipulation. This is how you become your health and well-being coach.
(1) World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/
(2) Spot Fake News: https://www.spotfakenews.info/