In a world where our lifestyles support financial gain rather than mental stability, it is important to be able to identify when we are doing okay as well as having the know-how to efficiently manage it. Mental health typically includes our emdfgotional, social as well as physical well-being. This means that it undoubtedly affects every aspect of our lives, the way we think/process factual information, feel, and act.
Why would someone suffer from mental health issues? Biological factors like the uptake and re-uptake of a chemical called serotonin may be the key to the identification and treatment of mental health issues. Serotonin is identified as the “happy” chemical and is believed to help regulate mood and social behaviour, appetite, and digestion as well as sleep and memory. Another leading cause of mental health issues is suffering some type of trauma, both physical and psychological.
If you are reading this today, you have probably searched how to improve your mental health, so first off, well done on wanting to look after you! The good news is, like physical health, there are ways and means to progressively improve your mental health!
The number one tip we have toward combatting ill mental health is journaling! The act of writing may help us make sense of the world we live in. Sometimes a visual representation of how we are genuinely feeling, whether we like what is going on our not, may help us be able to make sense of the world. We are of course not implying that journaling may solve all of your problems, however this process does allow for a few minutes away from the raw anxious feelings and channel them into a medium other than our own minds. This enables us to stop feeling like we are our thoughts and start observing our thoughts
You are not unloved you feel unloved, there is a significant difference
Through journaling, we begin to acknowledge who we are and through that we open up our self-awareness. Self-awareness remains the ultimate key to dealing with our mental health as the more we know about ourselves and what our triggers are the better we can overcome them.
Find Your Tribe
Another way to improve your mental health is to find your tribe. Join groups that will leave you with a sense of belonging, a community, this could be something like Park Run or a weekly dance session.
Not only will the sense of belonging reassure you during your times of needs, it will ensure you have at least one thing to look forward to
By joining a workout group, you are showing your body the love it deserves whilst relishing in a sea of endorphins. Mindful workouts like yoga and Pilates are great for both emotional and physical support and should you not be okay to leave the home, do a ten-minute YouTube video session to ensure you do your best to make you well you again.
Take Some Time Out
Take some time out, just for you. Plan some time every day for yourself, a cup of coffee outside while the sun rises, or a 10-minute meditation will do you the world of good. Often our anxieties stem from the hustle and bustle of the day, fear of the uncontrollable.
By taking time for yourself, you can shut out the rest of the world and rebalance
While taking your 10-minute meditation, or quiet time, why not list the things you are grateful for? Research has shown that listing at least three things you are grateful for each day assists in combatting depression. It’s been proved, for the majority, that by being thankful we are less likely to focus on the crippling feelings that plague us.
Anxiety often takes hold of our lives by crippling us with fears that sometimes may be deemed irrational.
So, we challenge you to take small acts of bravery!
Doing this builds up courage. Courage isn’t about getting rid of fear, that’s impossible, it’s about building persistence in the face of fear, where each subsequent repetition of the behaviour has less and less of a hold on your emotions.
Avoiding courageous acts may relieve the anxiety in the short-term, however, long-term you are doing yourself and your mental health a greater disservice
The way through anxiety is by learning that that which you fear is highly unlikely to cause you any real harm! Our thoughts directly affect how we feel, so next time you feel overwhelmed, and as though your anxiety is taking over, challenge your self-talk and right down the facts for and against your thoughts being true. Once the facts have been written down, we often notice that in reality, it’s often unrealistic thoughts that induce anxiety. Creating this separation between fact and fiction is a huge step towards taking control of your mental health.
Finally, remember that its often the interpretation of events that make us anxious, not the actual event themselves!
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Mental health is a serious issue facing our society and little emphasis has been made on how to support someone who is dealing with their mental well-being. It is important to reach out to someone when you are in need and to have time to offload. There is no shame in struggling; your strength is in your voice, the courage to speak up. Remember you should be your top priority. Practice gratitude, meditation, time alone, exercising, drinking water, and speaking out. If you feel that you are not okay and need a professional to speak to do, not feel as though you have failed, you are making the right step forward.
For more about coping with mental health we suggest having a read of these two books:
Here at Peach Home Fitness we want to be a part of your journey, join in on some of our home workouts which will destress your body and clear your mind. Contact us if you need any support on workouts to assist with keeping you and your mind healthy.