This month I encourage you to consciously practice gratitude. It’s not always easy, but ultimately choosing to focus on gratitude, rather than self-pity, is so important for mental and physical health. People who have a generally more grateful disposition report higher levels of physical health, and taking note of what you are grateful for on a regular basis improves sense of well-being and mood. So, this month, I encourage you to practice gratitude every day.
For the past 8 months, each Roots Monthly Health Challenge has been pretty focused. If you participated in any of the health challenges, have you continued on with any of the health habits? If not, I invite you to think about picking up some of those health habits again. This is a great month to do it, as this month's health challenge is 30 Days of Self-Care.
For most of human history we have lived in close connection with nature, but our connection to nature is dwindling. The conveniences of living in cities comes at a price; we are removed from our deep seated need to be connected to nature. And this disconnection can lead to health problems like mood changes and attention problems. So why spend more time in nature? Well, there is increasing research that it is good for your mind and body. Spending time in nature can lower inflammation, improve cardiovascular health, balance your autonomic nervous system, lower stress and improve mood. So this month, how about we all spend more time in nature?
Does spending time on social media bring you joy? Or does it do just the opposite? For some, it can increase anxiety and depression, foster procrastination, magnify attention difficulties and create distance from real human interactions. This month's health challenge is to take a break from social media. Spend time with real friends, not Facebook friends - they are not the same. You may find that your mood improves, you sleep better, have more time, are more focused, feel more deeply connected with friends/family and experience increased well-being overall.