Brew Your Way to Better Mental Health: The Power of Mindful Practices

Brew Your Way to Better Mental Health: The Power of Mindful Practices

Posted by Jodie Dawson on

By Fiona Cullen

As we delve into Mental Health Awareness Month, it's important to explore various avenues for nurturing our mental well-being amidst the chaos of everyday life. In the age of excessive screen time, rediscovering mindfulness is essential for fostering a healthy mind and spirit. That’s why we’ve curated a list of mindful practices to integrate into your daily routine and get you started on a journey to improved mental health:

Connect with Nature: Whether it's a leisurely stroll downtown or a hike in the mountains, connecting with nature can provide a much-needed sense of calm, especially as the weather gets warmer. Some of our favorite local spots to exercise outdoors near Montclair are the Mills Reservation Trail, Eagle Rock Yellow and Red Trails, and West Essex Rail Trail.

Mindful Breathing: Take a few moments each day to engage in deep, intentional breathing exercises. We recommend getting started with meditation podcasts like The Daily Meditation Podcast and Meditation Station. Intentionally focusing on your breath can alleviate stress and allow you to be fully present.

Practice Gratitude: Start your day by reflecting on what you're grateful for right now. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude can help you shift to a more positive outlook on life, and it can even be as simple as jotting down three things you're grateful for every morning. 

Prioritize Sleep: Ensure you get adequate quality sleep each night by establishing a relaxing bedtime routine and limiting screen time before bed to promote better sleep hygiene. It might help to explore the properties of an herbal tea, like Chamomile Tea, known for its calming effects and benefits on sleep. Try it yourself by trying our very own Organic Chamomile Tea- Linked Here.  

Maintain a Strong Support System: Don't hesitate to lean on your support system when you're feeling overwhelmed. Whether it's a friend, family member, or mental health professional, seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness. Over a coffee or through the phone, hearing the voices of loved ones is always a source of comfort.

Drink coffee!: While we may be biased, coffee itself offers several benefits that can aid in improving mental health. It’s a natural mood booster: caffeine stimulates the release of neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, associated with feelings of happiness. Additionally, regular coffee consumption has been linked to anti-inflammatory effects, which helps reduce the severity of depression and low moods associated with high levels of inflammatory markers. Lastly, coffee is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help lessen oxidative stress, which is commonly linked to mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. That iced coffee that

your barista knows by heart? It not only provides functional advantages, but it has emotional benefits as well.

Especially during Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s important to embrace mindful practices, aim for a healthier mental wellbeing, and see what works for you. At Java Love, we recognize the unique challenges faced at the intersection of mental health and LGBTQ+ experiences. As an LGBTQ+ and women-owned small business, we are dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. We believe in the power of love, acceptance, and inclusivity no matter your background. Here, you can find comfort, support, and a sense of belonging over a warm cup of coffee. Your mental well-being matters to us, and we are here to uplift and support you every step of the way. Java Love Coffee is more than just a coffee shop—it's a haven where you are celebrated and embraced just as you are!

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