We believe in Emotional Wellness. We believe in its purpose to help us move forward … for ourselves, our families and our communities. Much in the same way that a good workout strengthens your physical body, emotional wellness moves you into a more balanced state of mental health.
We must actively pursue emotional wellness … it’s within us all and readily available … we simply have to make the decision to connect to and develop it.
As we navigate the great unknown, we have the capacity to count on ourselves to develop healthy thoughts and stay away from negative ones that will derail us. This is an amazing opportunity for us to learn so much about life… as the universe roars at us, because we’ve ignored the whispers for so long, consider what we can do better – for ourselves and the world.
The below will help you find, connect to and develop your Emotional Wellness . Remember, they are all learned skills … make the choice to explore and experience them … you can’t imagine the outcome!
Tag Your Emotions. Being positive is not just about wearing rose-coloured glasses, but is about the “full-spectrum-experience”. We encourage you to experience all of your emotions, but to not let them overwhelm you to a place of worry and fear … these emotions are useless and counter-productive.
Have Hope. Having hope lends itself to having healthy outcomes. Hope keeps us motivated in believing that our current circumstances will improve, despite the unpredictable nature of where we are now. A rainbow is a prism that sends shards of multicolored light in various directions. It lifts our spirits and makes us think of what is possible. Hope is the same – a personal rainbow of the mind.-Charles Snyder
Be Curious and Open-Minded. How well we live is a direct result of our choice to be curious and open-minded … we cannot just gain knowledge, we have to use it. Once something is learned, choose to use the knowledge … don’t unknow it!
Take Responsibility. Taking responsibility gives you back the power to create exactly what you want in your life. Accept the consequences for your actions and reactions – good or bad. It’s about owning your own shit … you are not responsible for everything that happens to you but you are responsible for how you deal with what happens to you.
Be Patient. Patience is our ability to tolerate and persevere when things get tough. It allows us to think clearly in times of elevated stress. Patience is power … it encourages us to wait … to be calm in the moment, no matter what is happening … to have faith that it will take us to where we are supposed to go. Patience is vital to our success.
Move Your Body. Movement is the greatest investment that we can make in ourselves. No matter what, keep moving your body … and move it well. It will enhance feelings of happiness, improve our circulation which releases ‘feel good’ hormones and has a positive effect on our immune function. What more could we ask for? Health is wealth! With fitness centers being closed right now, there is no excuse – our best suggestion is simply to get outside and move your body! If you’ve ever attended David’s fitness classes at Mayfair Raquet and Fitness Clubs in Toronto, you’ll understand the connection between healthy movement and your emotional wellness .
Nourish Yourself Well. Did you know that what you eat has a direct impact on your mood? Hidden in the walls of our digestive system, we have a brain in our gut – it is a pathway connecting digestion, mood, health and even the way we think. Eat well and you will be amazed by how it makes you feel. Here are Lisa’s Food Rules, we encourage you to create your own.
Create Healthy Rituals. We define “ritual” as a fulfilling activity that we consciously choose to do for ourselves. All of our trainings and experiences focus on developing rituals that nourish body, mind and soul. Even something as simple as beginning your day with a “Waterfall” (a large glass of tepid water with a squeeze of lemon juice) can set you up for success. We challenge you to explore activities that can be turned into your own feel-good rituals.
Understand Your Kinesiosphere. Our Kinesiosphere is the fluid-state energy we are enveloped in … it is controllable, receptive, broadcasted and shared … it is an aura that we put out that other people react to consciously and unconsciously. Why should you care about your Kinesiosphere? It will result in a greater appreciation of one’s self (this is an inside job!), it will facilitate a richer, day-to-day life experience, and will profoundly impact our worlds.
Be an Optimistic Realist. Is your glass half-full or half empty? We understand the tendency to see a glass for how much water is in it, but what we should focus on is the water in the glass – this is our reality. Let’s not wait for this time to pass, but find the positives and opportunity in where we are right here and now. “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” -Mister Rogers’ mother
Practice. Practice is both a noun and a verb, so consider this both intention and action. In the absence of judgement, watch, listen, read, learn, try and try again with the understanding that you will improve … your improvement will inspire you and lead you to believe that anything is possible. We guarantee this!
When we are emotionally fit, we have the capability and resilience to not only live our lives well, but to enjoy the journey completely. We can be individual forces for good and at the same time this will collectively impact our shared world in a beautiful and profound way.
How will you move your Emotional Wellness forward? Please share your thoughts and ideas with us.