Everyone says your mental health is as important as your physical health, but how often do you truly remember to protect your mental health and space?
Worldwide, the 10th of October is recognized as world mental health day and it is impressive to see how mental health advocates and even survivors now have open conversations that would previously be swept under the carpet.
World Mental health day was first initiated in 1992 by ithe World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization targeted at educating, advocating against social stigma and creating awareness in over 150 countries.
Interestingly, Technology has evolved and given us different channels to communicate and advocate for mental health. This means, information about mental health is available, accessible and we only need to be mentally aware and willing to advocate for same.
If you are wondering why you should bother about mental health awareness, read Why You Need To Be Mentally Aware.
In this post, I will be sharing 6 simple ways to protect your mental health. At the end of this post, you should have learnt stress free ways to make better choices for yourself in relation to protecting your mental health and space.
Simple Ways To Protect Your Mental Health.
1. Be Aware of Your Current State of Mind.
How are you truly feeling? Do you have anything currently bothering you? Are there people who rile you up? Do you feel like staying in bed all day?
These are very simple questions that can help you assess your current state of mind. In reality, it is difficult to focus on a task when you have a thousand and one things aimlessly running through your mind.
When you acknowledge how you truly feel, it is easier to find a means to help you feel lighter and less anxious.
- Start your day with gratitude.
- Write a daily plan.
- Seek help if you need support.
2. Avoid Self-pity.
The worst way to live your life is condemning yourself before anyone gets the chance to find out what you are going through.
Mistakes, bad decisions, failure, loss, illness, are just some of the things that can make you wallow in self pity and feel hopeless.
No one is perfect and the weight of the world is not for you alone to bear. Your situation is NOT the craziest of them all and you are NOT the worst person on earth.
If it makes you feel any better, there will always be a community of people going through whatever situation you find yourself in.
As from today, chin up and remember you deserve a second chance, a good life and you matter too.
- Find a community that shares your interest.
- Talk to people that uplift you.
- Think positive about yourself.
- Share your story.
- Stay connected with your loved ones.
- Do not isolate yourself.
- Avoid pressure
3. Practice Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing on one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. It is also a therapeutic technique.
Practicing mindfulness is very helpful because you become very intentional about your utterances, reactions, feelings and activities.
Your actions are well thought out and you can make the best decisions for yourself and those around you. From waking up in the morning until bedtime, you remain accountable and can identify areas that need to be modified.
- Be proactive and not reactive.
- Engage in meaningful activities and conversations.
- Remember to take a break / Set boundaries.
- Eat healthy and exercise.
- Schedule self-care activities.
- Say NO when you have had enough.
- Listen before you respond.
4. Think Positive, Use Affirmations.
Every self improvement resource reminds you to be positive in difficult situations.
The truth is, it can be extremely difficult. I mean, how do you convince a person to find a ray of light in their darkest mood.
However, thinking positive thoughts actually helps you leave a level of sadness and once you can constantly use affirmations, you gradually protect your mental health and space from negativity.
- Spend time with positive people.
- Avoid toxic people and situations.
- Make positive and productive changes to your routine.
- Nurture meaningful relationships.
- Guard your mind and space.
5. Seek Professional Assistance.
It is always a better option to speak up, especially to someone who is trained and can proffer helpful solution.
If you can walk into a hospital and freely talk about your symptoms, be free to also see a therapist to discuss issues that are bothering you.
Seek better understanding, ask questions and allow yourself to be taken care of.
Your mental health is definitely as important as your physical health and both should be treated as top priority.
Share your thoughts in the comment section.
How do you protect your mental health?
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