Tips On How To Improve Your Emotional And Mental Health
By Kay Rose Sanders
Your current lifestyle may not be beneficial in maintaining your emotional and mental health. Our society is overworked, overstressed, and too focused on things that don’t support good psychological well-being.
Being proactive and doing things that foster good mental health can be a powerful way to enrich the quality of your day-to-day life.
Apply these tips on a daily basis:
Interact with others. Having positive and healthy relationships with others plays an important part in psychological health. Interacting and socializing with others will keep you from feeling lonely.
If you isolate yourself, don’t get out the house other than work and run errands, you quickly can become lonely and start feeling depressed. Instead find something to do that gets you out the house and around people.
Keep your body healthy. Poor physical health can result in difficulties with mental health. The better you feel physically, the better you’ll feel psychologically, too.
Make it a habit of regularly exercising and it does not necessarily have to be in a gym, you can go for a run or walk your dog. Swimming is also a good exercise method. Whatever it is that gets your body moving and gets your heart rate up. Exercising releases endorphins and endorphins make you feel great, relaxed and at ease.
Regularly challenge yourself. While having too much stress in your life is negative, having too little can be just as bad. We all need a certain amount of challenges, which is a healthy type of stress, to thrive and stay sharp. If your life lacks any challenge, create some. Once you have overcome certain challenges or you have reached a goal, it will give you that rush of excitement and a feel of accomplishment.
Develop a goal and strive to meet it. There will most definitely be some stress and challenges along the way but it will be well worth it once you accomplished those
Learn how to deal with stress effectively. Most of us have self-soothing habits that might seem effective but in reality fail to address the cause of stress. Some of us deal with stress in ways that make the situation worse. If you’re financially stressed, eating a tub of ice cream will still leave you broke, but you’ll also end up gaining weight. Seek positive solutions instead.
Activities such as exercising, spending time with a friend, or reading a book can be healthy options for lowering your stress.
Make time for yourself where you can unwind and relax. Stressing over something you have no control over is not healthy and also does not help in resolving the problem or issue. For example, if you have money issues and you worry and stress about it, it will not solve the problem, only cause you to stress out even more. Instead take a deep breath and come up with a plan to decrease your expenses in certain areas to have money for more important things.
Spend time each day on an enjoyable activity. It could be taking your dog for a walk, going for a run, going to the movies, get a massage, or even playing with your kids. It doesn’t matter what it is you do, as long as you enjoy doing it and concentrate on things other than work or things you need to get done or take care off. Make room for some “me time.”
Practice the art of forgiveness. Anger and grudges accomplish little. They put you in a vicious mental cycle that degrades your sense of well-being. Every second you’re angry or up-set is a second you’re unhappy. Take things as lesson learned and move on instead of dwelling on the things that happened in the past.
Give your time to others. Helping someone in need is a great way to boost the way you feel about yourself. It’s also a great way to meet others that are also caring and giving.
Consider a group of people you’d like to help and find an organization that services them. It could also be a friend, coworker, or someone you just met, if they are in desperate need, give them a hand and even if it’s just having a conversation with them, some really just want some-one that listens and cares.
Learn how to quiet your mind. You mind rarely gets a rest, not even while you’re sleeping. All night long you’re likely tossing, turning, and dreaming. There are many ways to rest your mind: praying, meditating, and practicing mindfulness are just a few.
Our brains are restless. They’re constantly thinking, predicting, and remembering. Even if you don’t notice that you are thinking about something, your subconscious mind never stops thinking. Learn how to control yours. Meditation can help you learn how to quiet down your mind. It may take a few tries because our minds keep wandering off and don’t want to be quiet but with practice you’ll get there.
Ask for help. If you break your arm, you seek medical assistance. If you’re having a psycho-logical issue, there’s no reason not to do the same. No matter what your challenge may be, there’s someone available with the expertise to help.
You don’t have to see a counselor or therapist if you don’t want to; you could simply turn to your family or friends, even a pastor or anyone that is willing to listen and to give you a helping hand. Sometimes we just can’t do it all on our own. Asking for help is not a weakness, instead, it shows strength because you acknowledge that you can’t do it on your own and you show strength to reach out to someone who can help you.
Keep a journal. Writing down your thoughts on paper after a long, hard day is therapeutic. It releases tension, and can give you a different perspective. When writing in a journal you can be as blunt and honest as you want without worrying about upsetting anyone with what you say because it is for your eyes only. It’s like a punching bag, on bad days you can let out all of your anger and frustration, and on good days you can share your excitements and fun things which will be great memories and good pick me ups when you have a bad day.
Emotional and mental health, are both critical to your overall well-being. When any component of your health is suffering, it becomes much more challenging to be an effective parent, spouse, friend, or employee. All aspects of your life, especially your physical health, can suffer. Use these tips to address your psychological health. If you’re not feeling better, it’s time to seek help.