5 Mental Wellness Tips To Keep In Mind This ‘Mental Wellness Month’
January is ‘Mental Wellness Month’ and that means that this whole month is dedicated to protect and promote your mental wellness. Wellness is a concept that is broken down into dimensions such as:
- Emotional health
- Environmental health
- Financial health
- Intellectual health
- Holistic health
- Social health
- Physical health
- Occupational health
Being mentally well means that our minds are aligned with our bodies to work functionally and in the best possible way. It means that we are thinking, feeling, and behaving in a way that is positively impacting our overall health.
Mental wellness means taking care of not only our mental and emotional health but also taking care and being kind to the other aspects of our wellbeing. By doing this, we increase our resilience, manage stress, and fight against the symptoms of other mental health disorders.
The Importance Of Mental Wellness
Mental wellness plays an important part in ensuring that we live a positive, confident, and happy life. By taking care of mental wellness we can stay in control of our thoughts, emotions, and actions that, in turn, help us to handle challenging situations, foster relationships, and build resilience.
Having good mental wellness helps us:
- Understand our skills and abilities
- Cope with our stressors in a healthy way
- Promote productivity at work and in life
- Give back to our community
“The more you take care of your mental wellness, the more you’ll thrive.”
Improving Mental Wellness
2020 was a rough year and it bought along with it numerous challenges and hurdles. But, this new year is a new beginning for all of us. The previous year taught us a lot about ourselves and what we need to do to keep ourselves safe and happy while being locked inside our homes.
I, for one, employed lots of self-care and mental wellness strategies to help me cope with the stress 2020 left and I will be continuing those practices into 2021 as well. Some of the tips that helped me go through the previous year and those that I will keep doing this new year are:
#Tip 1: Stay Positive
Maintaining a positive attitude is a sure-fire way to stay happy, confident, and successful. When you keep a positive attitude, you’re more likely to handle challenging and stressful situations in a more efficient way. The one thing that goes along with a positive attitude is being grateful. When you are thankful for what you have instead of what you could have, you’re more likely to be happy and enjoy the little moments.
Be thankful for the good things in your life than focusing on the negative things.
#Tip 2: Laugh Out Loud
The phrase “Laughter is the best medicine” is true! The more you laugh, the less you’ll be distressed. Humor is a wonderful way to reduce stress and stay healthier. Did you know that, in India, one of the mental wellness “trends” is ‘Laughter Therapy’? Various studies have shown that laughter releases endorphins, our body’s natural painkiller, burns calories, relaxes our mind & body, and helps you live longer.
Laugh out loud every day to boost your mood and mental health!
#Tip 3: Every Day Is An Opportunity
When you look at your challenges as an opportunity, it helps you improve your creative thinking and expand your intellectual ability to handle stressful situations. When we view our challenges and problems as a means to learn and improve, it not only helps us become more aware of our problem-solving skills but it also helps us gain confidence in our skills and abilities.
#Tip 4: Eat Well, Rest Well, Be Well
Eating a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber can help you maintain good and fit physical and mental health. I noticed that whenever I was stressed in the last year, I craved sugar and caffeine-related products which in turn fed my stress rather than help me reduce it. Additionally, stress causes us to change our sleep patterns which in the long-term can affect our mental wellness.
The next time you’re stressed, try going on a walk or engage in physical activity of your choice. I found that by going on a nature walk, not only I got some fresh air but it also helped me clear my mind and focus on the present moment.
#Tip 5: Ask For Help When Stuck
Seeking help or a shoulder to lean on when needed can be very beneficial for your mental wellness. There are times when stress and daily life can become too overwhelming. In such cases, asking for help from people who you care about and who care about you is a good thing!
If you’re hesitating to reach out to your friends and family, you can also write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website where you can find licensed and trained counselors to help you.
Take Care Of Yourself…
“When admiring other people’s gardens, don’t forget to tend to your own flowers.” – Sanober Khan
No matter where you are or what you’re doing, taking care is and should always be your priority. How will you take care of your family, work, and life, if you’re not taking care of yourself?
Take some time off to care for yourself and savor the little moments in life that make you happy. Slow down, you don’t have to do everything in one day. Break down your tasks and take a break when you need it.
Taking some ‘me time’ isn’t something you should feel guilty about. Sometimes the best thoughts come when you are in your own company.
Take a break, focus on yourself, and let go of your worries!