When I went to my annual physical the other day, my doctor lamented how many of her patients were asking for help with anxiety and stress.

It made perfect sense to me – today’s world is, between pandemics, pressure, and social media posturing, a mental health nightmare.

Most of us haven’t been given the tools to ward off what can be toxic levels of anger, expectation, and judgment circling around us.

“Nico, can you possibly help them all?”

There are certainly things you can do to take care of your health, and often it begins with a check-in with yourself and your physician. We can make major changes in our habits and lifestyle to have different outcomes, and sometimes big change is required.

However, I’ve noticed that for many of my own clients, it is the little things, done consistently, that give their best results. Just like exercising twenty minutes a day, small, good habits build us towards greatness.

I won’t compare the incredible pressure of an Olympic athlete to our everyday struggles, but the lesson here is that our bodies and minds are forever symbiotic, and so much of what we face is a mental game. Our brains need time to think and relax to be productive and creative, and our bodies need to be increasingly connected to these cognitive capabilities to enable performance. In short, we have to take care of our mental health just as much as our physical health.

So to answer my doctor, I told her that outside of addressing the big three disorders (anxiety, depression, and bipolar) and the big three body-mind connections (sleep, exercise, and diet), I would recommend the following positive mental health boosters:

 

Awareness

The fastest way to stalling and self-doubt is to not know exactly what you want for yourself. Think about where you want to be and what you want to accomplish. Get clear, then write it down and read it daily.

The beautiful result of focus – of knowing what you want – is that it provides automatic inspiration on what to do next.

 

Discipline

Most of our challenges can be solved through mental mastery – how we talk to ourselves will often determine our outcome. Words are powerful and can change your mindset in an instant.

In our Goddess Mastery program, I share my own positive affirmation morning mantra. Come up with what you want to experience in your day and recite it in the morning.

If you face critical or negative thinking during your day, question it. Becoming conscious of what’s going on inside, and redirecting those thoughts, will change the trajectory of your day.

 

Gratitude

It’s been said a million times before, but being thankful for what we have is a surefire way to increase those wonderful gifts and to boost our mental health. Establish a daily gratitude practice by choosing three things you are thankful for each day.

In Simone’s words, herself: ”We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day we’re human, too,” she said. “So, we have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.”