Consider a mental health exercise
Needless to say, being in lockdown for more than a year can take a toll on one’s mental health. Thus, it’s important to invest time in developing a habit that helps your mental health, which also benefits your body. After all, mental health and physical fitness are connected.
Our hosts, Jenn and Firas, tried two mental health exercises – Yoga with Kassandra and Raising Frequencies. Yoga with Kassandra is a 30-day yoga program, wherein you do a 10-minute yoga session every single morning for 30 days. Raising Frequencies is all about creating your own heaven on earth with four steps – move, learn, grow, and create.
Since the goal is to develop a habit to have a long term effect on your physical, mental and emotional states, we turned to the habits expert, New York Times best-selling author of Atomic Habits, James Clear. He says that to have a habit stick, you need to remember to do it and have a CUE or stimulus, identify a meaning that you assign to the cue, which he calls the CRAVING, and identify a REWARD associated with the habit or new behavior you want to adopt.
Yoga with Kassandra vs. Raising Frequencies
For Yoga with Kassandra, having a yoga mat nearby is a good reminder that serves as a cue to do yoga. Yoga with Kassandra also has an app (P699/month) that can send you notifications to start your yoga session. The craving happens when your body is looking for a stretch every morning. Then, finally the reward is the endorphins you get after every yoga session.
In Raising Frequencies, an alarm can be the cue you need to start with the first step – move. Whether sitting down or standing up, you can move through arm exercises or dancing your heart out, respectively. The second step is to learn. After moving, think about what it is you want to learn – gratefulness, safety, comfort, and so on. For the third step, which is grow, plan your day ahead to help you acquire what you want to learn. Finally, the last step is to create – go on with your day and put your plan into action.
Our hosts decided on doing two different mental health exercises because yoga isn’t for everyone. At the same time, the Raising Frequencies mental health exercise might not be one’s cup of tea.
So be open and try different mental health exercises, so you can decide what works best for you. From there, it will be easy to turn your preferred practice into a habit, which will help keep you balanced during this challenging time.