You have to set the stage for your planning. Get a clean quiet space. When your space is cluttered, and you know you don’t have a free mind, planning will be very difficult and it would not be as effective. My office space at home is always clean. I don’t allow my children to enter unless it’s absolutely necessary. I love to keep this space clean so that I can think, write and just be focused. Take a moment and exhale. Set your intentions in your mind. Gather your tools and let’s go to the next step.
Think back to the beginning of 2020. Like most mompreneurs, you started the new year with many goals and high optimism. What goals did you set? Maybe 2020 was the year you were going to lose weight, grow your business, set boundaries, practice self care, meet someone or improve your parenting.
While many mompreneurs experience self-doubt and fear at some point in their lives, they take action anyway. Others remain stuck, or are confident in only one area of their life, such as work. They are too afraid to try new things like going back to school, entering new relationships or learning new skills.
In commemoration of World Mental Health Day which was on 10th October, 2020, I wanted to share some perspectives with you on this very important topic.
Your mental health is an amazing part of what makes you as a person. Personal development is a way of life that affects your mind, actions, and how you treat others around you. It plays a vital role in your overall well being and the relationships around you. Oftentimes, as mompreneurs, we get so caught up in the physical aspects of what’s on the outside and forget to take care of the inside. Exercising our brain consciously and subconsciously is an important factor when improving your life and creating a healthy state of mind as you age.
When a mom is depressed,stressed, tired and frustrated, it affects everything she does as well as the people closest to her. I remember someone telling me in a depressed state, that she couldn’t even watch television because she didn’t want to watch the living. When I feel down, I often think of that comment and it reminds me of a place I don’t ever want to be. Isolating yourself from others could turn into something very dangerous and unfortunately help will only start with one person. YOU! Although there is a laundry list of books and professional help out there, this article gives you a jump start to get you slightly motivated to move forward. Moving an inch is greater than lying still.
Studies indicate that the most common reason for depression is the lack of interests and activities. When improving your personal life, interests and activities are vital in mental health, self esteem and happiness. Motivation can help you overcome trying something new or remembering exactly what makes you happy. Asking friends and family to help motivate me is a tool that I use when I’m in the need of a little push. Reward yourself when accomplishing tasks. Celebrating your wins helps you to feel better about yourself and your ability to do great things.
Laughter does a great deal for our mind and body. Developing interests, activities, friendships and learning how to cope with the emotional pain will conquer your personal problems and further solve your thinking habits. Doing this will get you on the road of happiness and success, as long as you put forth the effort.
Here are a few techniques that helped me prepare myself mentally for success.
There are brain exercises designed to give our mental faculties the boost they need. These activities and exercises are good for everyone who seeks mental clarity.
Many researchers and professionals hold on to the numerous studies showing that the brain really needs exercise just like the body does. Studies have shown that people who have tried to perform brain exercises regularly have improved memory as well as focus. With simple brain exercises the functioning of both hemispheres of the brain are made better; your brain becomes healthier.
Here are two exercises:
Cross crawls is a type of exercise that is based on the principle that our nervous system works homolaterally. This means that the left portion of our brain controls the movement of the right portion of our body, and so on for the other half. The principles of kinesiology are also applied in this exercise wherein rhythmic movements are suggested so that the brain’s lateralization can be improved further. You can do this simply by touching your right hand or elbow to your left knee, and vice versa.
This exercise integrates the different functions and tasks of the brain. This exercise is good for strengthening your immune system’s responses.
Another exercise which can benefit both the left and right hemispheres of the brain is the “lazy eights.” This is done by drawing the number “8” on a piece of paper using your right hand for two minutes. After the right hand, you may proceed to draw the same sign using your left hand. This can be done as often as you wish. It promotes concentration, and your hand-and-eye coordination will improve. You will also feel a reduction in stress and an enhancement of your mood.
With the “Rhythmic Eights” modification, you can create an imaginary eight in the air with your hands. This should be sufficient to coordinate the two sides of your brain as well.
By varying your brain work out, you are also able to exercise as many parts of your brain as possible and improve your mental health.
I hope these tips were helpful. Let me know in the comments what strategies are working best for you as you work from home.
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