The theme for this year’s mental health awareness week is kindness, very fitting for a time like this, in which the world is collectively fighting the same battle. Kindness should be part of our fabric, and this gentle nudge for us to be kinder is appreciated.

In honour of mental health awareness week, Crooked Lanes asked three dynamic individuals to share 5 wellness tips that have impacted their lives and overall mental health.

Mationesa Nemasasi, Process engineer

1.Eat Well

Eat well and make sure your meals are well planned. You need to feed the body that works. Eating healthy also boosts your happiness and increases mental strength.

2.Spirituality

Whatever your religious beliefs, always connecting to the Source is important, whether it’s through music, prayer or meditation.

3.Giggles and laughter

If you used to read the Readers Digest you would know the statement “Laughter is the best medicine” and really, it truly is. I always try to joke around with the people I work with, my neighbors and my family. Laughter does relieve stress.

4.Yoga

Yoga has been a path of inner growth for me. I highly recommend it. You experience the benefits in the body, soul and mind. I recommend it for a more enriched and fulfilling life.

5.Acceptance of the past

Action in the present and Hope for the future. As part of my wellness journey, I have had to let go of people or habits that no longer served me and I didn’t look back. If we learn to accept the past, take action in our present and continually pray and hope for a brighter future, I believe we will live more fulfilling lives.

“As part of my wellness journey, I have had to let go of people or habits that no longer served me”

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Marcus Zvinavashe, Creative/Artist

1.Working out

Working out for me serves as a tension release medium, and it relaxes me.

2.Conversations

Conversing with people or individuals adds perspective to what life is about, from another person’s eyes.

3.Creating

This connects me with my inner expression.

4.Meditation

Meditation centres my mind, body and soul.

5.Prayer

Prayer connects me to my higher power and source.

“Meditation centres my mind, body and soul.”

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Charity Maruva, Counselor/Family Therapist

1.Eating healthy

I learnt quite early in life that you are what you eat, traditional foods are my preferred choice because I am always guaranteed of wholesomeness.

2.Sleeping well

I am a firm believer of the saying “a good laugh and adequate sleep are [the] best cure for anything.” So, I always put in my eight hours of sleep.

3.Think Positive

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You anticipate the best, and not the worst.

4.Give more

A little kindness will always find its way back to you. If not you, then Karma will bring it to your children.

5.Love  

It conquers everything

 “A little kindness will always find its way back to you. If not you, then Karma will bring it to your children.”

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