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Finding Your Calm: Mindful Practices for Inner Peace

Taking care of your mental health is very important. When you are struggling with difficult thoughts, emotions or life stressors, it's critical to have positive coping methods to turn to. Here are some recommended strategies:

Stay Grounded

If you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or disconnected, grounding techniques can help re-orient you to the present moment. Simply notice the sensations you are experiencing - the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings on your body. Describe your environment out loud or in your mind. The goal is to ground yourself in reality rather than getting caught up in anxious thoughts.

Move Your Body

Physical movement and exercise are extremely beneficial for mental health. When you feel weighed down by stress, anger or other intense emotions, getting your body moving can provide an outlet. Go for a walk, do jumping jacks, yoga, or any movement to release pent-up energy in a healthy way. Exercise also boosts mood-boosting endorphins.

Talk It Out

One of the most effective ways to cope is by processing difficulties out loud. Share what's on your mind with someone you trust - a friend, family member, counselor or support group. Simply venting and getting thoughts/feelings off your chest can provide immense relief. An outside perspective can also offer new insights.

Write It Down

Keeping a journal can be very therapeutic. Writing allows you to freely express yourself and make sense of your experiences and emotions. You can write about stressful events, worries, goals, or simply write a stream of consciousness. Journaling has been shown to reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms.

Practice Relaxation

Make time for relaxing activities that promote present-moment awareness and calm breathing. Try meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness exercises. Managing your breath and quieting your mind for even 5-10 minutes per day can reduce stress and anxiety levels significantly.

Consider Virtual Therapy

In today's world, virtual counseling provides accessible mental health support from the privacy of home. A licensed therapist, like one of ours at The Lighthouse, can help you develop personalized coping strategies and tools for managing mental health symptoms. They can guide you through challenges with evidence-based techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Be Proactive

Don't wait until you're in a crisis to prioritize your coping abilities. Build up your mental health "toolkit" by practicing strategies regularly. Identify the methods that are most effective for you. With the right approaches, you can navigate stressors and nurture emotional wellness over the long-term.

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, reach out to The Lighthouse for support. You don't have to face this alone.

Call The Lighthouse Retreat. 📞 (914) 589-7188

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