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Mental Health Toolkit for Improved Self-Care

Mental Health Toolkit for Improved Self-Care

Alternative treatments such as Ketamine infusion, and other treatment methods offered by Ketamine Health Centers, are valuable new tools available to mental health providers. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and because of this, we want to highlight the importance of utilizing your own toolkit for mental health hygiene to establish self-care.

You may be already familiar with many of the tools that people put to use, practices necessary for physical and mental health hygiene. Getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, exercising, expressing ourselves authentically, developing deeper connections – these daily aspects of healthy living renew energy at our core.

Another set of tools are those activities that most engage us. Our kits will be filled with a variety of tools, tailored to each of us. Dancing, movement meditation, deep-breathing, yoga, body check-ins, bodywork, making music, therapy, gratitude actions, and appreciation of beauty are all enriching activities, rich modes of connecting in the world that provides a source of healing. You will most benefit from an assortment of each of these tools.

To be most effective, your Toolkit must be filled with self-care activities that resonate with you. Some established practices, such as deep-breathing, is central to both physical and mental wellness. Breathing helps us focus on the present moment. It helps us slow down and check-in with our physical, mental, and energetic states. Physiologically, it reduces cortisol, the stress hormone that causes reactive states of fight or flight. Breathing helps reduce our blood pressure and heart rate in moments of stress, bringing us back to equilibrium.

The goal of stocking your Toolkit is for you to utilize an array of practices to manage and guide your response to stress or adversity. Be aware of when you tense up in certain moments, so that you can be prepared for those occasions to minimize the impact. By doing these practices consistently, we are ready to handle the big challenges that life tosses our way. Creating your self-care Toolkit in a manner that is tailored to your needs, strengths, and mode of joy, helps create meaning and happiness in life. You add value to your Toolkit, and to your life, by adding new practices and insights as you grow and change over time.

Your Toolkit can be made up of practices that include a gratitude mantra in the morning, checking-in with your body, noticing, and relieving tension throughout the day. Take 3 minutes before or after you eat lunch to breathe deeply and take note of your present moment. Spend the evening doing at least one thing that brings you joy or connect with someone that energizes you. End your day with a reflective moment and drift to sleep with 3 minutes of deep-belly breathing.

Practicing mindfulness, reframing negative thoughts, leaning on your strengths, and reflecting through gratitude are essential daily practices, that, over time, help create a way of being grounded, and yet flexible in the face of change. They help us generate a flow in life that builds resilience. Using our tools also help us create a strong supportive network in our community.

 Managing energy levels is one of the keys to maintaining good physical, cognitive, and mental modes of self-care. Everyone has a different energy signature and mode of replenishing. There are countless practices to help reframe or recharge with the goal of creating healthier lives in the face of change, stress, or trauma. Think about what tools, practices, and activities will fill your toolbox. And use it, mix it up to work on all aspects of yourself, and help those close to you use their own wellness toolkit to build resilience and attain happiness despite adversity.

The various alternative treatment methods provided by Ketamine Health Centers are helpful for individuals at every level of the mental health spectrum. We offer wellness procedures and resources to help you manage stress and create that necessary balance in your life. And we provide the latest techniques available to treat mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain and more. Please reach out today for a free consultation to learn how we can help you or your loved one find the best treatment tailored to your needs.

Self-love Strengthens Wellbeing and Builds Community


Self-love Strengthens Wellbeing and Builds Community


How can you give what you do not have? If you feel good about yourself, you are more likely to look favorably on others and exude positive energy. It becomes quite challenging to see the good in others when overwhelmed by negative thoughts, if you are highly self-critical or feel self-loathing. Of course, there are countless moments when we provide for others much more than what we give to ourselves. But over time that becomes unsustainable, even with our best intentions. Ultimately, the energy we put out in the world boomerangs back to us throughout the course of our life. 

Self-care and self-love are the foundations for healthy relationships and the fertile ground to foster empowered communities. Contrary to what society teaches us at times, there is nothing selfish or self-centered about putting your needs before others, especially when you are a caretaker. You cannot provide for another individual well if you do not have the energy and inner strength to care for yourself, certainly not in the long run.

People who make self-care a priority are less likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. The positive outlook that comes with a healthy sense of self, what I refer to as self-love, leads to greater confidence in one’s abilities. These are tools for success and overall wellbeing in life that allows for happiness to flourish despite the challenges we face.

Self-care allows you to be more focused and productive at work, and to generate the necessary energy to create a stable home life when less stressed and overwhelmed by internal struggles. With self-love comes compassion. Compassion to allow ourselves a pass when we do not meet our own expectations, in order to check overly self-critical negativity. And most importantly, compassion for others to grow healthy relationships in all arenas of life. These are the foundations to foster a strong community that supports you. Ketamine Health Centers is your community partner, here to help you create a space to foster that all-important mode of self-care.

These simple, but important activities are part of self-care and help us establish self-love:

  1. Cultivate sustaining energy by doing something you love, perhaps something simple that you can do daily, or give yourself more ‘me time’ at least once a week
  2. Eat a balanced diet to help sustain your energy, and treat yourself to something you really enjoy every now and again
  3. Move to music and energize your body: A brisk walk is the best form of exercise, take a friend along with you
  4. Share laughter as often as you can, it’s one of nature’s healing remedies
  5. Reflect through journaling and recount your blessings
  6. Sit quietly with the sounds of nature, or the sound of silence, and let the peacefulness set in and rejuvenate
  7. Give back to those in need in your neighborhood, through your place of worship or with an organization of choice: Altruism is another wonder drug
  8. Be kind to yourself – Failure is the best teacher if we allow ourselves to learn from our mistakes
  9. Smile or give a nod to everyone you encounter, that energy carries you and those around you quite far
  10. Listen to your needs and do your best to fulfill them, but check your wants against what others need first to build community through compassion
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