In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, Ashley and her husband Chris wanted to share how they take care of their mental health as individuals and as a couple. Ahead, the two share everyday practices that help them with their overall being and having as much of a positive mindset as possible.
Ashley: I love the Insight Timer app. I try to do at least 10 min mediation in the morning. Now with Jupiter, my schedule is all over the place, but when she’s napping I always find some time.
Chris: Mindfulness is such an important part of my mental health. I love the Headspace app. Sitting in simple meditation to get grounded first thing in the morning makes a huge difference for me and helps me be the best version of myself for those around me.
Ashley: It’s so easy to get that endorphin rush just by going outside and walking/ hiking. Vitamin D from the sun is always helpful! So, when you’re feeling a bit off I urge you to go outside! Also, nature helps a lot, I find it really grounds you!
Chris: Exercise is huge. I agree with Ashley any time I can get outside for a hike or something it’s so refreshing and restorative.
Ashley: It’s been proven that there is a link between nutrition and anxiety/depression. So eating a balanced healthy diet isn’t just good physically but it’s good mentally for you!
Chris: As a type 1 diabetic, I have to stay on top of my diet anyway, but yeah I definitely believe that what we put into our body has a big effect on how we feel for sure! When I eat junk I feel like garbage. Also, drink lots of water.
Ashley: Maintaining healthy relationships with friends and family is super important. Especially during these times!
Chris: The Dalai Lama talks about the importance of maintaining friendships for our well-being, and especially when we’re all experiencing so much social isolation it’s even more important to stay connected with family & friends. For their sake as well as our own!
Ashley: I often talk to my therapist when I am going through a difficult time. I also find therapy helpful when I just need to talk out certain situations that may lead me down the path to anxiety. It’s always good to check in with a professional!
Chris: In my experience, the most important piece is the hardest one – reach out for help. It can be such a challenge but don’t hesitate. Whether it’s a therapist or a counselor or a recovery program or support group. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! None of us are alone.