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To bear trials with a calm mind
robs misfortune of its strength and burden.

-Seneca

There are several steps you can take to improve your health. Some are simple, others require planning. Whichever you choose, do it with committment, dedication and the belief that you CAN do it. 

9 Resolutions to 
Improve Your Mental Health

  1. Learn how to manage stress. Imagine how much better your life will be if you simply manage your stress levels. As a Faster EFT and emotional releasing coach, I have seen incredible shifts in people when they’ve learned to manage their stress. They are responsive vs reactive. Their minds are clearer.

2. Let go of your emotional baggage. The most powerful thing I have been able to help my clients do was to get rid of their emotional baggage, unsupportive beliefs (i.e.: I’m not good enough, I’m too old) and decades long anger and resentment. Releasing your emotional baggage truly is life transforming.

3. Build a support network. Create a small circle of trusted friends. People with whom you can create open communication and respect.

The greatest weapon against stress
is our ability to
choose one thought over another.

William James

4. Reframe your thoughts. When you feel negative thoughts popping in, divert your attention to something positive

5. Practice positive self talk. While this is similar to reframing your thoughts, it’s more personal. This is about talking to yourself as if you were talking to a good friend, offering support and encouragement.

6. Practice compassion. Be kind to yourself and others. View the world through the eyes of others, and work to understand their point of view, and ease their pain and suffering

 

Compassion is not a relationship
between the healer and the wounded.
It’s a relationship between equals.


Only when we know
our own darkness well
can we be present
with the darkness of others.


Compassion becomes real when
we recognize our shared humanity.

– Pema Chodron

 

7. Practice Random Acts of Kindness.  There are hundreds of opportunities every day to be kind.  You can “pay forward” in a drive thru line. You can open the door for someone.

I recall one day when I was feeling down about my work. I realized my mind was replaying all sorts of negativity, so I asked “what can I do to feel better?”…

as I was walking in to a building I saw a woman with beautiful gray hair, and I complimented her on it.  She stopped midstride and said “Wow, thanks. I was just wondering if I should color it or leave it gray.  You really made my day.”

I’m sure I felt higher about that compliment than she did!  The key here is to be sincere. No phony compliments or forced pleasantries.  It must be real. 

It’s even more valuable to someone than a cup of coffee you pay for.  

8. Keep Learning. Whether it’s a formal class, casual study, reading, puzzle solving… keep your mind sharp by giving it constant challenges.

9. Improve your sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re tired, clumsy, prone to catch the cold and flu, and even more vulnerable to weight gain. Because we are all different, there is no “magic” number of hours you need to sleep. A good estimate is 8 hours per night, though I know people who do well on 5 solid hours, and others who need 9 or 10. Let your body dictate what you need

 

    • Do you need a new mattress? Just last week I bought a new mattress. I knew it was long “overdue” but I just didn’t want to hassle with buying a new one. After the first night on it I noticed a huge difference. I had no idea that I had a backache for the LAST FEW YEARS!  Now, a week and a half later I am noticing that, while I’m not sleeping LONGER, I am actually getting more rest every night.  Bonus: I have more mental clarity than I’ve had in a very long time. Overall, I feel better than I have in a very long time.   

9. Get help. You can find help in many forms. There are counselors and support groups, as well as life and emotional releasing coaches, ready to help you through life’s challenges. Life and emotional releasing coaches can help you get unstuck and move forward with your life.   

Choose an item or two from above and make the committment to it!

Spend time every day visualizing your life as if you’d already achieved your goal. See yourself as the person who already lives this way. 

 

I truly love sharing what I learn with you. Watching someone have an "a-ha" moment is one of the best things in life for me.

 Because I am  a consummate "student" - when I find something new and interesting, I really dig deep.    I study hard and then I use what I've learned to help others.  (Yeah, I have gathered together quite a toolbox!)

I truly do believe in the power of "Jump Starts" and the ability everyone has to "get un-stuck." If I can do it, anyone can!

You can connect with me by email at startnewyearright (at) gmail.com and visit my personal website is: www.mariannestrait.com

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I believe that every human is unique and valuable,

even if they aren't able to recognize it themselves.

and

I believe each and every one has the power to create a great life

once they recognize -and accept- their value.

Even as a child I've been able to help people change the way they see themselves - helping them move from a "victim" to an "owner" mindset. I help them to gain self-confidence and recognize their strengths. I've discovered that it's only when you do that, can you "get un-stuck" and "Jump Start" your life.

What drives me is helping others to succeed, to be a support system while they are taking steps toward their dream, and to watch them celebrate their victories.

 

The Biggest Lesson I've learned is the power of your mind.  It truly does create and destroy.

It was quite a shock when I realized the power that my mindset played in every part of my life - good and bad.  Discovery wasn't enough though, it still took me decades to harness this power, learn to control it, and develop a system to help others master this in a fraction of the time it took me.

Taking responsibility - even for how others treated me - was one of the hardest adjustments I had to make. To move from Victim to Owner mindset was not only difficult, it was, at times, scary.

It is a move that I am thrilled to have taken. It changed my life and it can change yours.

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