There was a time in the when meditation and yoga were stereotyped only as an aspect of "alternative lifestyles," assumed to be "hippy-dippy" activities for zen-fixated people chanting "ohm" and eating restrictive diets. Outside of the cultures in which they originated, the practice of meditation or yoga was considered esoteric and slightly weird. Now, those times are over.
Meditation and yoga are so commonly practised now that you can find local yoga studios in most towns and cities and multiple meditation apps on your smartphone. What caused the perspective to shift, and what's all this hype about? Well, they work!
As with most ancient practices, there is a reason they have lasted millennia across many cultures - they are effective and they can help. Our Western culture has been late to the party, but that's ok: there's enough mindful self-care for everyone!
Meditation and yoga, though different in from and practice, complement each other in multiple ways to restore, refresh,...
First off, let's clarify that for our purposes "mental health" is referring to the ability to experience inner peace, clarity, and a sense of stability in our often-chaotic world. In this instance, to describe mental health is not to talk about the disorders of mood or mind, but the presence of mind that comes from feeling in control and energised about living in general.
That being said, our mental health is absolutely tied to our experience of burnout. If we are overwhelmed, overworked, and overextended, we are unable to walk with ourselves in confidence and peace - which affects our mental health. Fatigue and burnout increase the potential to experience issues like anxiety and depression - which are sometimes manifestations of the root cause of burnout.
Therefore, it is so important to prevent and recover from burnout as soon as you become aware it is happening. Preserving our mental health isn't a luxury, it is a necessity! Doing what we need to do to set ourselves up for...