Indulge in Daily Delight to Better your Mental Health

I think we underestimate the power of joy to heal what is bruised and broken in us.

In my perfect world, doctors would scribble a prescription for their repeat patients to experience joy on a daily basis instead of pushing so many pills. In schools, we would be taught and encouraged to define and do what delights us every day. It would be taught in Health as a means of self care, just as important as having good hygeine, eating healthy food and getting proper rest. It is so curious to me how they neglect to teach joy as a tool to cope with stress.

On a daily basis, burden and heaviness is often felt. This sense of burden impairs our state of mental health and can contribute to the creation of discomfort and disease in the body, mind, spirit.

Here are some suggestions to guide your dive into Daily Delight

Self knowledge: know what you love doing and grant yourself permission to indulge in this activity…think of new things you’ve always thought you’d like to do and do them. It is high time we started normalizing the need to indulge in delight and not be so governed by the patriarchal programming of PRODUCE, PRODUCE, PRODUCE!!!

I like to keep a list in my phone notes for the things I would like to do…I categorize mine by season, but whatever works for you personally is best.

Permission: Begin to EMBODY the belief…I deserve to have fun…I deserve to relax…I deserve to indulge in delight EVERYDAY. It doesnt have to take alot of time or energy.

Challenge yourself to find small indulgences to promote better mental health. It is so worth the effort.

KNOW you are ALLOWED to experience joy:-) everything doesnt have to be a grind.

Perception: not seeing things as chores, bores…but as opportunities to practice being present in the now. Joy is intensified when we practice presence and we can relax into a more peaceful state of mental health. When we do this it brings love and satisfaction to the activitiy despite previously not necessarily enjoying it.

For example, Standing on line at a store, at a light,(anytime you have to wait) Changing my perception of things that i NEED to do and adding elements of joy to them has been a life saver and has served to help me establish and maintain better mental health.

Breathe.Trust that it is all good. Everything is just a matter of perception.

Butterscotch, Stevia and Stones

Sweet sunny butterscotch 

and some packets of stevia

Tucked

beside stones

of bumblebee jasper and citrine

(Believed, by the way,

 to promote prosperity and purpose)

I smile with delight

Imagining the potent alchemy occuring

in such an unsuspecting place

as my pocket.

Energy of ingredients mix

In the bowl

at my hip.

Bliss, fusing with esteem

Purpose and power mingling

I see,feel and hold

The luscious vision

Of my desire 

A ritual performed, 

an action of intention…

A type of baking powder,

to make things rise.

With stevia,stones and butterscotch, 

Faith and  feeling deserving

I summon 

and serve myself

a life of fulfillment. 

If you would like to learn strategies and tools to increase your ability to nurture better mental health, check out my workshops under the menu button.

Published by jlbrou

I am all about self exploration and healing. The discoveries which I have made while searching my soul have enlivened me as well as have generated excitement and empowerment. I am eager to share tools and strategies that I have implemented which have made my sailing on the sometimes stormy seas of self discovery and healing a little less threatening.

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