Last updated on January 17th, 2021 at 03:02 pm
Sometimes one method won’t fix everything, and maybe you have to try a few things out.
I found it helpful to dabble in different techniques, so I could find what works best for me. You might want to do the same!
I know sitting upwards and meditating didn’t work for me.
Let’s be honest, not everyone can afford therapy and not everyone is comfortable going. But we still have to cope through the tough times because suppression is NO GOOD. Even if you have a therapist, supplementing with other healing modalities can be great.
It’s kinda like trying to heal your body by just working out without changing your relationship to food and how you treat yourself. Although it’s important to do one thing, it’s also important to be as holistic as you can with your healing process.
Check out these ideas to supplement healing and promote mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness:
Earthing (AKA Grounding)
Earthing is grounding in the physical sense—you’re literally going outside barefoot. By feeling the grass and dirt on the soles of your feet, you are connecting to the earth. I’m not saying do this and you’ll automatically be healed. But earthing promotes healing by improving your blood flow and overall decreasing your stress.
Something as simple as allowing the Earths electrons to recharge you can be therapeutic. Plus, it’s good to free yourself from wearing shoes all the time.
I got into crystal healing when I was abroad; it reinforced the majestic things about me, while diving deeper into how I wanted to heal. What’s cool about crystals is they help you balance your chakras—so basically whatever physical, spiritual, or emotional ailments you want to heal.
An overview of the chakras:
Root chakra = Belonging, security, survival
Sacral chakra = emotions, sexuality, creativity
Solar plexus chakra = self-esteem, will power, purpose
Heart chakra = acceptance, love, forgiveness
Throat chakra = communication, self-expression, authenticity
Third eye chakra = intuition, wisdom, clarity
Crown chakra = spirituality, consciousness, understanding
In choosing crystals, you want to think about areas of your life you want to heal or balance. You choose a crystal for that chakra and you can do mantras, rituals, or carry it with you as a reminder you are healing through this.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget about something like journaling, but it can help you process what you’re thinking. Just write whatever feelings come to mind, it doesn’t have to flow or even make sense—it’s to release your thoughts onto paper. A friend of mine suggested mind dumping, which is just writing what thoughts come up.
It could be “I tried to be healthy today, but all I could eat was bread. My aunt said something that pissed me off. I’m hoping I can work remote for the rest of the year because I dislike being in the office.” Literally whatever comes to mind—write it out.
Sometimes I get so wrapped in my thoughts. It’s almost like they’re just swirling around in my head with nowhere to go, but journaling helps release that.
Boundaries (Esp. For Yourself)
Have you noticed things you do, certain activities, or people trigger you? If so, ya need some boundaries. When you are reacting to something or someone it’s because it’s inflicting pain on a wound that isn’t healed.
And to heal + thrive, you will need to set up some parameters to help yourself. I found it useful to even set boundaries with myself. Like I know I need to be in bed by 10 pm consistently or I’ll be groggy in the morning, so that means getting ready for bed starting at 9. Or eating a full balanced breakfast during the week or I’ll be sluggish and irritable.
Just take some time and listen to your mind, body, and spirit. Think about what’s causing you to act out of character and put some boundaries in place. You got this!
Babyyyy, listen! Your diet is everything. No, no, you don’t have to eat rice, broccoli, and chicken every day with no sweets ever. But it would be nice to listen to your body and see what foods are causing a reaction.
I was eating cereal every morning at one point and it made me feel TERRIBLEEEE! The gluten + sugar was no bueno for my body, so I started making a balance breakfast with protein, veggies, and good fats. Whatever floats your boat. Just know that a part of your healing is treating your body better. Nourishing it with nutritious foods.
I still eat sweets, don’t get it twisted—I just eat better overall.
It does wonders to your brain, like seriously! Reading increases your attention span and a bunch of other things. But most of all, it serves as positive reinforcement. If you’re going through a tough time and you pick up a self-help book—that can be a boost of hope. Or even if you want to escape reality, reading fiction can give you that.
I love reading + learning about how I can better myself. What I can do to heal and about other’s who’ve made it out of tough times. It’s super inspiring.
Having friends, a partner, family—whoever you want to be in your life—who surround you with love + encouragement makes all the difference. If you’re someone who struggles to find community—I get it, and have been there. But once you create boundaries with people, start being kinder to yourself, and knowing your worth—things will shift.
You’ll be able to weed out superficial or unhealthy relationships. You’ll get clearer on what you want your community to look like. And then you’ll be able to cultivate those relationships. I enjoy finding groups on Facebook with like-minded people and have found that to be a great start.
But also going out solo or traveling even can you help you find people you want in your life. The right people will inspire you to grow, will love you for who you are, and encourage you. All this will propel you forward in your healing journey.
None of these are quick fixes, you must keep at it—but they are steps in the right direction while you’re healing and growing. Most of all, remember to be gentle with yourself. And GO HARD FOR YOU! Be your biggest advocate and fight for your healing + your improvement. Remember, it’s a journey—not a destination—so there will be days when you “give up” but just get right back to it when you can. Trying is half the battle.