Five simple ways to improve your overall mental health and well-being

I like to think of mental health on a continuum. There is almost always room for improvement when it comes to moving towards flourishing and improving our overall well-being. 

Sometimes even people who are mentally healthy get burned out or find themselves in a rut. If you feel you could use a boost, here are five things you can do that could help move your overall well-being up the spectrum a bit.

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What is your super power?

I just got off a call with someone and it got me thinking about using our strengths --AKA our super powers!

Research shows that we feel a greater sense of happiness and well-being when we utilize our natural gifts. We all have them!

For me, one of my super powers is helping people get unstuck. I had several calls this week (one of them being this morning) in which I was able to help someone get unstuck pretty quickly. It's so fun to see a shift in energy!!

So, I wanted to pop in to remind you all that we all have gifts and sometimes need to make a conscious effort to use them. 

Oftentimes these natural strengths are those same things that LIGHT US UP. Like we can actually feel it in our body. 

I encourage you to pay attention of what those things are for you.  Make a list of them. 

You can then observe the list, and consider how you can incorporate at least one of those into your daily work life. Also, how can you use your strengths to create positive emotions? 

So...what is your super power?  Let me know in the comments below!

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How to (Gently) Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

"A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there." (Unknown)

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Our comfort zone appears to be a warm, welcoming and safe place. But taking a closer look, it's crowded with all our insecurities nestling in against us. 

It is human nature to cling to the comfortable spaces we are used to. And while our comfort zone is cozy, it squashes creativity and innovation. It restricts us to well-trodden paths where we don't see anything new, and we don't discover what talents lie deep inside us.

If you have not yet experienced that wild freedom and open opportunity to stretch yourself without panic, consider making some of these small changes initially. They will help to ease you out of your comfort zone:

1. Redefine perfection. Have you heard the expression "perfectly imperfect?" Often times we are overly critical of ourselves and we wait to do something until it is "just right." Taking a step out of your comfort zone does not have to look absolutely perfect. Lose your fear of failure by transforming the meaning of perfection.

2. Do something differently. Do you always sit in the same area on the train or drive the exact same route to work? Do you go to the same place every day for lunch? Do you have the same routine for starting the workday - check emails, grab a coffee and start work? What if you did one thing differently? Try somewhere new for lunch. Sit in a different area on the train. Walk a different path with your dog. Shake up your routine a little and stretch beyond habit. You can start small and work up to making bigger changes.

3. Make it a HABIT to try something new. As you make an effort to do things differently as noted above, build change into your day. Every night ask yourself what you have done differently that day and then celebrate your success. This is a gentle way of becoming used to change. The more often you do something new, the more comfortable you will become with the process, and the better you will understand and manage your thoughts and emotions.

4. Be patient with yourself. You don't have to rush or expect a major overhaul overnight. Even the butterfly has to allow her wings to dry before she can fly. 

5. Trust yourself. Believing in yourself makes all the difference in your quality of life. You have more resources than you realize, and they will show themselves when you need them. Just know that they are there, ready for you to use. You will know instinctively what to do.

If you are still debating whether or not to stretch the bindings of your cocoon, ask yourself this. "Who might I be if I allowed my whole self to shine?"

Break free from the cocoon and discover your true colors.