by | Dec 6, 2022 | 0 comments

Physical Health for Mental Health

Today’s post features a few key takeaways from a recent Wellness Your Way interview.

Guest Bio: Beth Shaw

Beth Shaw is an author, visionary, and founder and CEO of YogaFit Inc., the largest yoga fitness educational system in the world. As one of the utmost leading experts in “mind, body and fitness,” Beth is recognized as an industry pioneer drawing from years of experience and expertise in nutrition, exercise, yoga and holistic healing. She is the author of four books, the first of which (YogaFit) has sold over 100,000 copies world-wide. She is also a devoted philantropist & speaker.

 

Top Insights from Beth Shaw’s Interview

  1. Physical practices are so powerful for healing our mental health. Beth has suffered from depression for decades, and yoga, breathing techniques, nutrition, and meditation have helped her heal. Bodies were made to move and eat real food, and when we give them what they were made for, our mental health can often rebound in a healthy way.  Beth says that if you’re struggling with your mental health, it’s time to look at self-directed tools (in addition to getting help where needed).
  2. Avoiding alcohol and sugar are incredibly helpful for mental health. We can focus on adding in high-water content foods (veggies and fruits!), cashews, fava beans, and enough protein to support our mental health. See this post for all about how much protein you need for you!
  3. Weight training has been a powerful tool for Beth. When she’s having a tough mental health day, she goes to the gym and does a set of heavy legs and usually feels better instantly!
  4. Our mental health cannot work optimally unless we’re sleeping optimally. Beth wears blue-blocker glasses (see this post for more!) and mentions several supplements that help her, including magnesium, which you can learn all about here, and CBD, which you can learn all about here.  For Megan’s supplement dispensary and top recommendations, click here.
  5. Taking care of ourselves is critical, even if we “think” we don’t have time. Beth enjoys red light therapy, PEMF mats, body scrubs, meditation, positive affirmations, workouts, yoga, walking with her rescue dog, cold baths, Brain Tap, and even binge watching Netflix! She advises us to listen to our bodies and hear what they truly
  6. Beth relies on positive affirmations to adjust her mental health and raise her vibrations. For Megan’s tips on writing affirmations, check out this post! She also recommends we always count the wins in the days – it’s too easy to focus on what we didn’t do, but we’re better off focusing on what we did do well!
  7. We make time for what’s most important to us. When you feel like you don’t have time, reassess your priorities and figure out where you’re spending your time that isn’t as helpful for you. So often, we can identify time (e.g. scrolling Instagram or watching TV) that isn’t our best use.
  8. If you feel overwhelmed this time of year, stop, take 10 deep breaths, and set a new health goal. Even a 20-minute walk daily adds up significantly!  Having goals and boundaries is empowering.

Now it’s your turn!  What’s one thing you’re committed to changing after learning from Beth Shaw?

 


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