Going through therapy can be a great first step in building a functional life. There can be uncertainty around what the next steps can be or where to go from here. Melanie is a 32-year old woman, who experienced infidelity in her marriage. Additionally, she has been dealing with mental and emotional abuse from her spouse for months, and she lost sense of herself.

There was constant blaming, criticizing, and arguments about their marriage. Melanie decided she needed to get out of the relationship to truly focus on herself. After Melanie found the courage to seek therapy, she found the process to be truly transformative. She has been in therapy for a little over a year and has found it to be very beneficial for her. She has been committed to weekly sessions and diving into her deeper issues. This client has utilized psychotherapy and feels like it’s time to continue her journey on her own. Melanie took what she learned in therapy, and combined it with her own research, then came up with daily habits to optimize her true self.

1. Meditation

Daily meditation practice can help bring inner peace and silence to the mind, body, and spirit. Consistency is key when it comes to mediation because, in our busy society shutting off our brains might seem impossible. But just like practicing an instrument, the more you practice, the better the mind can get at settling down. Meditation can help individuals raise their own awareness and walk through life with more peace, serenity, and kindness.

2. Connecting Back to Nature 

Spending time outside can have a bigger impact than we think. We are part of the natural world, and connecting deeply with nature can help us stay grounded and bring clarity in our lives. Nature is our greatest teacher, which helps us remember that imperfection is okay and taking time to slow down is part of the natural cycle. Spending time in nature can help reduce stress, boost mood and help bring inner peace.

3. Body Movement 

The body, mind, and spirit are all interconnected, and if we are feeling certain emotions, they may remain stagnant in the body. By doing light body movements daily, these emotions can be released, and more energy channels can open up.

4. Eating Nourishing Meals

The way we eat can have a huge impact on our mental health. Fueling your body with whole foods can help heighten your vibration and bring clarity to the mind. What you put into your body is vital for overall wellness.

5. Community 

Connecting with others can be very helpful to surround yourself with like-minded individuals. Being a part of a community can be very beneficial for one’s mental health. Staying connected, whether it be on a virtual platform, a support group, hobby groups, book clubs, etc., can be helpful for those who feel like they are alone in what they are going through. Being a part of the collective consciousness can be uplifting and reassuring.

If you or someone you know is on the journey to bring your life from functional to fabulous, there are resources to help with that. One virtual platform is Radikal Life. The project at Radikal Life ​​is the manual for optimal being-ness. Radikal Life is a collaboration of leaders in wholeness and wellness coming together to deliver content in a virtual platform related to cultivating optimal being-ness.

Radikal Life’s 14 modules include Breath, Cleanse, Clear, Connect, Create, Do, Intuit, Meditate, Move, Nourish, Rest, Strengthen, Stretch, Think. These are designed to help optimize one’s life and continue to help individuals grow and learn.

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About the Author: Marielle Spero
Marielle Spero is a psychotherapist practicing at Radikal Healing and a part of the Radikal Life engagement team based out of New Jersey. Marielle’s main therapeutic goal is to help individuals reconnect with their true self. She is passionate about helping individuals optimize their life.

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