These are not just core values for the sake of business. These values have helped us both grow through the ups and downs of life. They can be used as guidelines to build a foundation for a more fulfilled life and better overall mental wellness.
Having faith gives us hope and the ability to persevere through hardships. It’s knowing that what we’re going through will be used for a greater purpose, even if we don’t understand or see it yet.
Purpose through service
We live in a very “me” focused world that often times can lead to feelings of emptiness. So many of us are searching for “more” in life. When we shift the focus from ourselves to others through service (with your story, time, energy, skills, finances) we can lead a life of greater purpose, happiness, and fulfillment.
Growth through adversity
In the same way a muscle grows through being torn down and healing stronger, we can choose to see adversity as an opportunity to strengthen ourselves mentally, physically, spiritually, and/or emotionally.
Strength Through Community
Prolonged isolation can open the door for a decline in mental health. We’re meant to live in community with others: to connect, laugh, cry, share life, and know that we’re not alone in this world. We don’t heal in isolation; we heal in community.
Courage to ask for help
You are NOT a burden to this world. Asking for help is STRENGTH, not weakness. The battle you are fighting isn’t one that has to be fought alone.
Develop a mindset of gratitude
This is one of the most powerful skills you can develop. Gratitude is something that you have to DO before you can truly see/understand the benefits in your life. This skill takes daily intentional practice and once practiced for long enough, it can become a mindset that allows you to shift your perspective in any situation.
Invest in your physical health
Mental and physical health are interconnected. Both can be improved (or harmed) by how we care for our body. Caring for our physical health is one of the best ways to improve our overall mental health, discipline, confidence, and self-esteem. Consistent daily movement (whatever that looks like for you: hiking, walking, lifting weights, running, biking, rollerblading, dancing, swimming, etc.) is an act of self-love that builds a firm foundation for other healthy habits in our lives.
Mindfulness, similar to gratitude, is a skill that takes time and practice to develop. It’s a mental state achieved by focusing our awareness on the present moment while acknowledging and accepting our feelings, thoughts, and emotions without judgment.
Empowerment through education
It’s hard to see the signs of declining mental health if you don’t know what to look for. Whether it’s you, a friend/family member, or a stranger, education helps bring awareness, understanding, and empathy to ourselves and others. More importantly, whether we’re asking for help or reaching out to help someone, education empowers us to have hard conversations.
Have fun! 😀
Laughter is the best medicine… Do more of it!