Definition of Self Healing:

Self healing refers to the process of recovery (generally from psychological disturbances, trauma, etc.), motivated by and directed by the patient, guided often only by instinct. Such a process encounters mixed fortunes due to its amateur nature, although self-motivation is a major asset.

I’m not saying that every part of your life can be cured by self healing. There are sometimes in life that we need to ask for help. This help may come for a doctor, medication, therapist or maybe friend that is just a really good listener. It’s ok to ask for help.

If want to go the “Self Help” route, here are a few suggestions that you may want to try.

* Value yourself:
Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects. Plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or take up painting.

* Take care of your body:
Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health.
Eat nutritious meals
Drink plenty of water
Exercise, which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods
Get enough sleep.

* Surround yourself with good people:
People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans (and follow through with them) with family members and friends, or if you’re bold enough find activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.

* Give of yourself:
Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You’ll feel good about doing something to help someone in need — and it’s a great way to meet new people.

* Learn how to deal with stress:
Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: Try breathing exercises, take a walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.

* Quiet your mind:
Try meditating, Mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life.

* Set realistic goals:
Decide what you want to achieve professionally and personally, and write down the steps you need to reach your goals. Aim high, but be realistic and don’t over-schedule. You’ll have a sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.

* Break up the monotony:
Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule.

* Get help when you need it:
Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.

*Adapted from the National Mental Health Association/National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare