There is a saying that “there is no health without mental health”, and our state of mental health is usually determined by a number of factors, including biology, our socio-economic status and our environment – the latter two having been strained over the past two years for many people.
“The average adult spends about a third of their life at work,” health and wellness coach and yoga and mindfulness instructor Kaylan Bartholomew told WMN.
And as the lines between work and home have blurred for so many women because they have had to work from home, Bartholomew said the issue of mental health has risen again, with some companies doing so. even use his services to work with their employees.
âMuch of the anxiety, depression and other symptoms that accompany poor mental health became more common during the pandemic. And it’s good that employers recognize the importance of mental health and offer wellness programs to their staff … It’s good that they are starting to accept that people are struggling and that good mental health is part of our well-being, especially now. I think this is something they should keep doing even after this difficult time is behind us. “
Bartholomew, the founder of Spirited Natural Ltd, is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in the United States, certified in hatha yoga by Bliss Yoga, Trinidad, and a certified instructor for the Springboard Women’s Development Program, a personal development program for women. women in the UK.
It offers individual, group and corporate programs, all tailored to the needs of the specific health and wellness goals of its clients. She said she understands exactly what it is like to be mentally and emotionally exhausted, which ends up leading to physical ailments such as high blood pressure and migraines.
âAfter more than 20 years in banking and finance,â after working on Wall Street in New York, Miami and in the local banking industry, earning six-figure salaries, âI decided to leave and change. career doing something I love – health and wellness.
Bartholomew said that in trying to heal herself, she wanted to know more and understand what she was getting herself into. She had done yoga and meditation before and it had always helped her manage her mood, but she wanted to understand why.
âYoga is truly the practice of the union of mind, body and spirit, and it is only one way to practice mindfulness. It strengthens the body, improves flexibility, and is known to reduce high blood pressure, improve heart conditions, and is helpful in managing anxiety, stress, and depression. I wanted to know more about this “magic” that left me so relaxed after participating in such a stressed and anxious session.
Over time, she had developed an interest in nutrition and diet, and after the mother of one of them found her healing, she began to help others find theirs. She said she taught people to pay attention to what is going on around them in the present, even simple things such as the sounds around them and to focus on their breathing, to keep them centered and anchored.
âYou know how our minds tend to dwell on the past and look to the future, always looking back and forward and missing the present? The point is, we can’t hold on to the last breath we took and we can’t take future breaths. All we have is the present moment, so we have to learn to appreciate it.
As someone who understands that it’s impossible to pour anything of substance into an empty cup, BarthÃ©lÃ©my advises women not to be too hard on themselves when they are struggling to find a balance in their life. life.
âGive yourself a little grace for these are unprecedented times, filled with uncertainty. It is good for you to ask for help.
And, she said, while there are so many things we have no control over, there are some things we can control, like how we react to different situations.
âYou can choose how you can manage your internal system. In running your household, work, and everything in between, put your personal care first. Make time to refill your cup first, then you’ll have more time to spend with someone else.
She said starting the day with a positive frame of mind helps as it may determine how the rest of the day goes. She strongly advised against things like reading emails and checking social media first thing in the morning. Instead, she says, pray, meditate, exercise, or do whatever will mentally prepare you for what the day has in store for you.
Bartholomew said that over the past two years, disinfecting, wearing masks and keeping our distance have helped us keep ourselves relatively safe, “But we also want to take care of our immune system. We have to start over. to eat foods as close as possible to the way they come out of the ground.
âWe need to eat lots of fruits and vegetables – at least five servings a day. Not a lot of added sugar, salt, and fried foods, and remember to drink plenty of water. have to make sure we work for it.
And as time seems increasingly limited, BarthÃ©lÃ©my suggests combining certain activities so as not to miss one or the other.
âPreparing meals can be a family time, exercise can be a family time. Have the family cook dinner together and catch up on the day’s events. Or, at the end of the workday, take a walk, sunbathe, and chat with your family. This way you fill your cup and spend time with your family.
Another important part of filling the cups, she said, is being able to set limits, even with your own children.
âSometimes the things on our plate don’t belong to us, but we take them anyway. People can ask us to do something and we just can’t say noâ¦ We have to know when to refuse a request. We have to be intentional about how we spend the little free time we have. “
For more information, follow Kaylan Bartholomew @spiritednatural on Facebook and Instagram.