Happiness Is an Inside Job: Interview with Wellness Expert Jaya Jaya Myra
by Natasha Tynes
Jaya Jaya Myra is a research scientist turned natural health advocate known as the “Wellness Lifestyle Expert.” She’s a best-selling author, TEDx and motivational speaker, and creator of The WELL Method, which has helped people worldwide find the missing link between spirituality, purpose, and health, while showing a clear personalized path to find and live one’s purpose, all while attaining individual health, lifestyle, career, and personal goals.
IndigoBlue talked with Myra about maintaining mental health during the pandemic crisis.
IndigoBlue: As we are living in the midst of a pandemic what do we need to know and do right now given all the uncertainty we are all experiencing?
Myra: There are a few key things to keep in mind: uncertainty is normal, it’s okay to not have the answers, and despite all this, there is a lot you can do to keep healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically. The measure of life is in how each of us chooses to respond to a situation, not to the situation itself.
There are two aspects of The WELL Method that I believe address what we are experiencing very well. The “E” in The WELL Method stands for “Expect Excellence.” In order to expect excellence, it’s important to keep a positive mindset and to do the things each day that enable us to do that. Having a consistent routine each day (or at least aspects of your day that are consistent) go a long way for promoting better mood and mental health, because the brain loves habits.
One of the L’s in The WELL Method stands for “Love, not Fear.” When we choose to respond to situations from a place of love and acceptance, and not from fear, we make better decisions.
These two things alone can help anyone cultivate a positive mindset, no matter what is going on in your life or in the world at large. There are lots of things you can choose to do to improve mindset and expect excellence of yourself. Do something daily for yourself that you love. Make certain to eat mood boosting and antiviral foods each day (garlic, onions, turmeric, cinnamon, black and green tea, cacao, bananas, these are just a few options). Take time for walks and movement. Wake up before sunrise if possible.
IndigoBlue: How can we stay focused and on track?
Myra: Cultivate a positive mindset and most of the work is done! Also, I highly recommend eating foods to help boost mood and motivation naturally. Foods that stimulate dopamine neurotransmitter production (one of your happy hormones) such as cacao, bananas, or omega 3’s can do wonders for increasing willpower and motivation.
I also cannot speak enough about meditation for calming the mind and helping people to focus better, and more clearly, on what’s important. Anytime we allow the mind to sit in a place of quiet, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day, you’ll see a drastic improvement on focus and motivation.
IndigoBlue: How can we maintain our mental health and support others?
Myra: Consistency is at the root of everything. The mind craves consistency in order to feel stable and healthy. Do two to three things each day that you do every day, no matter what. This in and of itself will help to cultivate good mental health, and that will in turn enable you to have the necessary motivation to do more.
Make sure some of this is enjoyable! Cultivating enjoyable habits is a key to success in maintaining even the ones that you don’t enjoy as much. Everything is interconnected: the better you feel, the more you will be able to accomplish. The better you feel, the more you will be able to respond to all situations from a place of love, and not fear. The better you feel, the better you will be able to focus on taking care of yourself, and therefore, others as well.
IndigoBlue: What is one thing we need to avoid during this time for the sake of mental health?
Myra: Avoid toxic relationships, people, and situations that bring you down consistently. It’s not always possible, but I guarantee, there are some things within your control that you can make a choice to eliminate from life. This may not be easy, but it is essential for good mental health and overall wellbeing.
Another thing to avoid is putting yourself last. It’s important to focus on your purpose for living first and foremost to set a good example for others, and so you feel happy and fulfilled. Purpose is at the root of good health, because your purpose shapes your body type, temperament, and unique talents.
When not living in alignment with what makes you “you” it’s very difficult to cultivate good health, mental, emotional, or physical.
Happiness is an inside job; no one can make you happy but you, so make this a priority in life. Lastly, avoid excessive sugar consumption because sugar can wreak havoc on mood and mindset. All things in moderation!