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5 Self-Care Tips for Mental Health Awareness Month

May 21, 2024

1. Rise and really shine

Hitting snooze might seem like a tempting extra few minutes of sleep, but it often leads to a groggy start and a rushed morning. Instead of hitting snooze, embrace the opportunity to kickstart your day with intention. You’ll find that starting your day on the right foot sets a positive tone for the rest of the day ahead. So, resist the urge to hit snooze and seize the day.

2. Have an attitude of gratitude

Grab a notebook and write everything you’re thankful for in a gratitude journal. It can be as simple as a warm cup of coffee or a sunny day. Research has shown people who write in a gratitude journal regularly tend to feel happier and less stressed.

3. Tune into good news

Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to ignore the negative news circulating in the media and it can be overwhelming. But, there are also a ton of good things happening! Subscribe to channels that share good news stories for daily doses of positivity on your social media timelines.

4. Breathe in, breathe out, repeat

Meditation allows you to take a moment to pause, breathe, and relax which is extremely beneficial for your emotional well-being and overall health. Practice meditating to cope with stress and find balance throughout the day.

5. Catch quality Zzzz’s

Sleep is important to your brain’s performance, mood, and physical and mental health. The blue light from your phone can disrupt your body’s melatonin production and circadian rhythm. Instead of scrolling, read a book to wind down before bed.

Find more helpful tips and Mental Health Resources here

Mental Health, Q+A

Q+A with Imani Semien

May 21, 2024

Imani Semien is a yoga instructor, space holder and Reiki practitioner in Houston, Tx. Other titles that Imani holds are mother, wife and educator. As a Louisiana native, Imani decided to move to Houston in the midst of the global pandemic in 2020 with hopes to begin a new life and start her career in education. As an educator, the stresses of work and motherhood pushed her into mindfulness practices such as meditation, yoga and journaling. Imani now holds space for other women and mothers to find healing within themselves using these same practices. One of her future goals is to open a wellness center that provides many forms of holistic healing treatments along with pre and postnatal education and care. 

Q+A

1. How did you begin your work?

I began my work in 2021 shortly after the COVID pandemic ended. I found myself overwhelmed re-entering the workforce after spending much of 2020 in isolation. As a new mom starting a new career, I experienced anxiety and high levels of stress from constantly worrying about the wellbeing of my children while I was at work. I knew that many other women and mothers experienced this as well and I wanted to create a space where women could gather to work through these stressful experiences while also building connections within the community. I received my yoga teacher certification in 2022 and started holding Women’s Healing Circles shortly after. It was a journey to build my confidence to speak on topics that I was still working through, but from those experiences I have made so many connections in the Houston area.

2. Why did you want to go into this type of work?

I wanted to get into this type of work because so many women feel that they need to have a strong face and smile through everything they experience, but truthfully, every person deserves a safe space where they can release all of the things that may cause stress or anxiety. Coming from experience, it is hard to be vulnerable sometimes because I think people are judging me or I feel that I should be more grateful for the things I have. While it is important to have gratitude, we must also acknowledge that some of the things we love can contribute to our stress levels. I want to be a safe space where people can be vulnerable, let down their walls and just exist without judgment or social expectations.

3. How do you stay mindful when things get stressful?

When things get stressful for me, I try my best to name all of the feelings that I experience in that moment. Next, I empty my brain in my journal or in the notes section of my phone. I describe everything that I am feeling, every moment within the day that may have upset me or thrown me off of schedule and any stressful thoughts I may have had up until that point. After writing, I sit silently for about 30 seconds breathing slowly. Lastly, I allow myself to release these thoughts by simply stating “These thoughts/emotions do not serve me. It is time to let you go.” Releasing emotions always gives me a fresh start of my day no matter what time it is.

4. Why is mental health important to you?

Mental health is important to me because everything begins in the mind. Every thought and idea is created in your mind then is physically manifested in the world around you. If we have poor mental health, then our thoughts and ideas may become dark which results in living in darkness, sadness and misery. Good mental health turns into a higher quality of life.

5. What do you hope people learn from the work you do?

I hope people learn different ways to stay mindful and prioritize mental health through day to day life.

Be sure to find Imani at our Mindful Moments sessions in the spa during May for Mental Health Awareness Month. Book your spot in an early morning meditation + guided journaling session at one of our spa locations nationwide, today. https://milkandhoneyspa.com/mentalhealth/

Learn more about Imani here, www.instagram.com/mindbodyandmovement

Mental Health, Q+A

Q+A with Liz Davis

May 21, 2024

Liz Davis is a clinical hypnotist, energy healer, yoga teacher, and a spiritual guide. She has been in wellness professionally since 2009. Every service Liz offers has had a direct and transformative shift in her own life. Through her own healing journey, She has gained the tools and training to support you, in your healing journey. It is her greatest wish to work together. To reveal your truth. To grow. To heal.  To claim the life you deserve of health, wealth, and happiness.

Q+A

1. How did you begin your work?

I began doing this work after I left NYC and the fashion industry. It was through my own healing experience with reiki and crystal healing.

2. Why did you want to go into this type of work?

I wanted to get into this work when I finally was able to feel my inner light reactivated. My first session changed something in me that I prayed for years that regular therapy wasn’t able to touch on. This was something deeper, more profound, and spiritual. I wanted to be able to give others what had been giving to me. 

3. How do you stay mindful when things get stressful?

This is a great question, a few different things I love to do, but most deal with coming back into my body and out of my head. I love to practice yoga, ride my bike, or dance my heart out! I also really love to journal when I can’t seem to quite my mind. 

4. Why is mental health important to you?

Because life is too short and too beautiful to waste a moment of it.

5. What do you hope people learn from the work you do?

I hope that people learn that you can create the life of your dreams. No matter what you have endured, transformation is possible if you are willing to be radically open and honest with yourself. I know what rock bottom feels like and I know what it is to grow from that and what a dream it is to be the co-creator of your life.

Be sure to find Liz at our Mindful Moments sessions in the spa during May for Mental Health Awareness Month. Book your spot in an early morning meditation + guided journaling session at one of our spa locations nationwide, today. https://milkandhoneyspa.com/mentalhealth/

Learn more about Liz here, www.lizdavishealings.com

Spa, Wellness

Embrace “Mindful Moments” This Mental Health Awareness Month

May 3, 2024

May is not just about flowers blooming and warmer weather; it’s also Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to prioritize our mental well-being and cultivate a kinder, more compassionate relationship with ourselves. This year, we invite you to join us on a journey of self-discovery and healing as we explore “Mindful Moments” throughout the month.

At milk + honey, we’re thrilled to partner with a diverse group of mental health experts, psychologists, trainers, and healers who are dedicated to providing you with the tools and resources you need to take care of your mental health. Together, we aim to create a supportive community where everyone feels empowered to prioritize their well-being.

Meet Our Mental Health Partners

  1. Angie Jones | Austin, TX
    Angie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor, specializes in helping adolescents, adults, and couples navigate various challenges, including trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, PTSD, life transitions, and more. With a background spanning community mental health, public schools, anti-human trafficking, and private practice, Angie brings over seventeen years of diverse experience to her work.
  2. Erin Rachel Doppelt | Austin, TX
    Erin is a spiritual psychology + meditation teacher, SXSW-featured, Ivy-educated, 5-Star Podcast host, and believer that the world is a better place when more people are living as their true most authentic selves.
  3. Liz Davis | Austin, TX
    Liz is a clinical hypnotist, energy healer, yoga teacher, and a spiritual guide. Through her healing journey, she has gained the tools and training to support your healing journey. It is her wish to work together to reveal your truth. To grow. To heal. To claim the life you deserve of health, wealth, and happiness.
  4. Mareesa Jackson | Fort Worth, TX
    Mareesa is a yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and Sound Healing Practitioner. Mareesa has been paving her way in the wellness world since 2018. Over the years, she has completed many yoga teacher certifications, laying a strong foundation for understanding the importance of the mind-body connection.
  5. Imani Semien | Houston, TX
    Imani is a yoga instructor, space holder, and Reiki practitioner. Imani is also a mother, wife and educator. As an educator, the stresses of work and motherhood pushed her into mindfulness practices such as meditation, yoga and journaling. Imani now holds space for other women and mothers to find healing within.
  6. Andy Wood | Chicago, IL
    Andy has practiced meditation for nearly 2 decades and decided to further his wellness journey in 2023 by becoming a licensed massage therapist and joining the milk + honey team.
  7. Lauren Mulne | Los Angeles, CA
    Lauren is a Certified Holistic Health Coach & Sound Practitioner who fuses sound healing, mindfulness and meditation, to help individuals improve their health and manage stress. She invites you to deepen your musical connection with sound meditation to heal the mind, body and soul.

Join Us for Healing, Wellness, and Relaxation

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ll be hosting a series of events led by our partners. Join us as we embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing. Together, let’s prioritize our mental well-being and cultivate a life filled with “Mindful Moments.”

SEE EVENTS

At milk + honey, we believe that mental health is a journey, not a destination. Together, let’s take the first step towards a healthier, happier future.

Living, News

How to Keep Calm and Carry On This Holiday Season

December 21, 2013

three stooges turkey edit useWritten by guest editor and milk + honey licensed massage therapist, Matt Walker

I love the holidays, but let’s face it, they can be pretty overwhelming. With the trifecta of Thanksgiving, Yuletide festivities, and New Year’s Eve in our midst, it’s inevitable that we get sucked in, overrun, depleted, lifted, and celebrated. Regardless of where you’re at in this spirited procession, you’ll want to take care of the “basics,” as in, first and foremost, take care of yourself. This also means that it’s a really good idea to keep things in perspective, and when all else fails, take refuge (or you know, a night off).

Here are some other life reminders — trust me, we all need a little call to action, and this is mine to you.

Have a self-care plan, one that embraces moderation:

  • Try hard to get in about eight hours of sleep — here’s what’s in it for you.
  • Daily movement is key. Or if an everyday schedule doesn’t work, try for 30 minutes of intense exercise a couple times a week.
  • Whole, nutritiously dense foods with a minimum of ingredients, such as vegetables and meats present the most reliable pre-prescription for health.
  • Be merry. That’s a given.
  • Always get home safely.

And when you know “moderation” might not be in the cards for your night out, be honest with yourself.

  • Know when you intend on pushing past your limits, and under which conditions.
  • Avoid sugary treats and alcohol until sundown.
  • Try to clear part of your day after the company party.
  • Carpool or take a cab home on the nights you plan on over-indulging.

We can all lose a grip on things, especially when the holiday energy is high. Remember: a little perspective goes a long way. No holiday — no day, for that matter — has to be perfect. So, be thankful for the time you’re spending with family and friends. Count your blessings.

When all else fails, it’s time to take refuge:

  • Move a little slower.
  • Savor quiet time.
  • Go outside.
  • Cross something off your list without doing it, and go do something for yourself instead.
  • Stay home.
  • Schedule a massage.
  • Visit a sauna.
  • Meditate.
  • Pray.

In the grand scheme of things, the holidays punctuate our daily lives, helping us to reaffirm those very things we would cherish everyday if the ideal were actual. It’s the best time of year to reflect, rejoice, and recharge for the year ahead.

Happy holidays, everyone!

 

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