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How to Manage Mental Health Naturally

There is no shortage of information out there on ways to manage your mental health symptoms. In fact, there is so much available it can start to become overwhelming and even more difficult to determine what is going to work best for you.

Currently, there are two main ways to treat mental health:

1) medication and/or

2) lifestyle.

Each of these approaches can be highly effective and can, in fact, save lives. If you are currently coping with mental illness and rely on mental health medications to manage your symptoms there is NO SHAME in this! Much of mental health can be inherited so how could it be your fault if it was something out of your control before you were even born? Additionally, lifestyle strategies can make you feel tremendously better in managing mental health symptoms and can even bring you out of an episode!

Here are links to some of the lifestyle strategies that you can use to start feeling better right away. Just keep in mind that whatever you choose, the key is to be consistent with it so that you can see results.

Exercise & Mental Health:

Sleep & Mental Health:

Intermittent Fasting & Mental Health:

Negative Thinking & Chronic Stress:

Workplace Stress & Mental Health:

7 Types of Meditation:

Further, you also want to stick with them even AFTER you're feeling better. We don't just stop taking meds to manage diabetes just because we got our blood sugar under control. Mental health management through lifestyle is a lifelong commitment.

In today's video, I focus on a practical approach that helps address one of the main complaints that I hear from clients which is that they are lacking the motivation and/or consistency to pursue either of the approaches previously discussed. If you can't bring yourself to eat well and work out, well then they're not going to work, right? I discuss a 3 step process:

1) Awareness - putting your focus on something inside or outside of yourself to break yourself out of autopilot

2) Attention - being purposeful with where you put your focus so that it either grows or reduces; it's a balancing act

3) Intention - setting intention signals to the Universe or God where we desire to go. Once intention is set, the Universe/God conspires to make it happen for you - for the good or the bad

The best way to practice this is through mindfulness and meditation where we can tap into our awareness, practice setting our attention purposefully, gaining valuable information from our subconscious (Higher Self), and then setting appropriate intentions to derive outcomes that are in our best interest.






Blue Sage Counseling and Wellness, and the information provided by Ashley Francis, is solely intended for informational and entertainment purposes and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis, or treatment regarding medical or mental health conditions. Although Ashley Francis is a licensed marriage and family therapist, the views expressed on this site or any related content should not be taken for medical or psychiatric advice. Always consult your physician before making any decisions related to your physical or mental health.

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