Finding Balance in the Chaos: Prioritizing Mental Health in a Fast-Paced World
By: Shelley Cormier

In today’s fast-paced society, the hustle and bustle of Life can often feel relentless, leaving many individuals feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious. Studies have shown that an alarming percentage of people, ranging from teenagers to adults, are struggling with various forms of mental health issues. This growing epidemic can be attributed to many factors, including the pervasive influence of social media, the relentless pace of modern Life, and the failure to prioritize self-care and relaxation.

One of the primary culprits contributing to the deterioration of mental health is the pervasive influence of social media. While these platforms have revolutionized how we communicate and connect with others, they have also introduced new challenges to our mental well-being. The constant exposure to curated images of perfection and success can lead to feelings of inadequacy, comparison, and self-doubt. As we scroll through our feeds, we are bombarded with unrealistic standards and ideals, which can trigger anxiety and depression in vulnerable individuals.

Furthermore, the fast pace of modern Life leaves little time for rest and relaxation. The relentless pursuit of success and productivity has become the norm, driving many individuals to prioritize work and external achievements over their well-being. In this perpetual cycle of busyness, we neglect to pause and nourish our parasympathetic nervous system—the branch of our autonomic nervous system responsible for promoting relaxation and restorative processes. Without adequate time to decompress and rejuvenate, our bodies and minds become increasingly susceptible to the negative effects of chronic stress, including burnout, fatigue, and emotional instability.

As a busy mother of two, I understand firsthand the challenges of balancing family, work, and personal well-being demands. For over a decade, I have been on a journey of self-discovery and self-care, navigating the complexities of modern Life while striving to prioritize my mental health. Despite the initial difficulties and guilt associated with putting my needs first, I have come to realize that self-care is not selfish but essential for my overall well-being and those around me.

Through meditation, yoga, journaling, and mindfulness, I have experienced a profound transformation in my mental health and overall quality of Life. Meditation has provided me with a sanctuary of peace and tranquility amidst the chaos of daily Life, allowing me to cultivate mindfulness and self-awareness. Similarly, yoga has been instrumental in helping me release tension and stress stored in the body, promoting relaxation and emotional balance.

In addition to prioritizing my mental health, I have also felt a deep calling to share these practices with others in need. Fuelled by my passion for holistic wellness, I embarked on a journey to become a certified yoga and meditation instructor to help others reclaim their mental and emotional well-being. As a teacher, I strive to create a safe and nurturing space for individuals to explore self-care practices and cultivate greater resilience and inner peace.

Through my work as an instructor, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of these practices in the lives of my students. From busy professionals to stressed-out parents, I have seen individuals experience profound mental and emotional well-being shifts as they learn to prioritize self-care and relaxation. By empowering others to prioritize their mental health and well-being, I am helping them lead happier and healthier lives and contributing to a more compassionate and resilient society as a whole.

In conclusion, we must acknowledge the toll that the hustle and bustle of modern Life can take on our mental health. Recognizing the factors contributing to our stress and anxiety and prioritizing self-care and relaxation can cultivate greater resilience, inner peace, and emotional well-being. Remember, you cannot pour from an empty cup—prioritizing your mental health is not selfish but essential for your overall well-being and the well-being of those around you.

 Shelley Cormier is the Founder of Parati Yoga & Wellness. Check out her website here: