Just like you cannot get toned arms by lifting weights once, you cannot improve your mental health by just practicing once. This process requires patience, gratitude, and stability to become fully successful.
Neuroscientists have been working for a long time and finally figured out how to develop the way our brains work. We have learned that through exercise, at any age, we can become fit and healthy. If you have low mental health, no matter how much physically charged you are, you cannot progress properly throughout the day.
Let us explore 10 methods on how to work on our Mental Health;
Keep in mind that not everything we think is useful
The ability to think is merely affected by our very own experiences. If we have had good experiences, we will have more positive thoughts; if not, then vice-versa. Our past directly affects every judgment we make in the present.
We often forget that our choices are based on what we have been through; our mind automatically starts to filter in and out accordingly. For example, if you have had a rocky past, your mind automatically takes everything more negatively than others.
Learn to embrace the fact that everyone has faced something or the other in their past. Do not let what has passed be the basis of your judgment of what you are doing. Learn to think from different aspects.
Think, and Train your Mind to so
Taking a deep breath and calmly thinking and evaluating bad situations strengthens your mind for the future. You automatically get trained on how to have a subtle approach towards problems. You can practice meditation, as it helps to eliminate distractions and helps you focus. Before passing any comment, always use your mind, and if your instinct does not find it attractive, don’t do it or say it.
Don’t get too caught up in though; Reality is Key
Have you ever come across a situation when you are already facing something negative, and instead of coming up with constructive criticism, your mind keeps on negatively overthinking the situation?
Instead of indulging, remember that you have a present to enjoy in the negative aspects of the problem. Instead of thinking about the situation’s solution, we end in a mountain of repeating fears and exhaust ourselves.
At this moment in time, we are supposed to remember that we have a present to engage in. How to do that? Use your senses! Eat something you love or watch a good movie. Your attention should be on what is happening now.
Have Some Peace of Mind
Just like when you are in a long weightlifting session, your body requires rest. Just like that, your mind requires rest from daily problems and needs to get fresh. Resting has been considered such a waste of time that people consider it as if progress will negatively suffer while taking it.
In reality, taking a good amount of rest allows your mind to open to various opportunities and produce more productive ideas. Rest does not have to include sleeping; it could also be visiting an old friend or whatever relaxes your mind.
Turn off the Noise
Unfortunately, we are trapped in the digital age. A series of notifications, messages and calls can easily distract us from what is really important. We need to learn the art of prioritising things.
Starting from minimising, reducing the number of notifications you receive by simply turning them off. Try to only keep essential notifications on, as cutting off from the world is not a solution to end your worries and relax.
Give Sleep Preference over anything
Always remember an active body demands an active mind. There is no denying that the amount of the time we are awake, we spend it indulging in lots of useful activities, but there is no point in having useful activities if we are not completely charged. That is why sleep is extremely important, as it allows us to give our level best and enjoy every minute when we are awake. Try to turn off your phone when you make up your mind to sleep. From time to time, distractions can prevent oneself from having a peaceful and deep sleep.
Establish a set routine and Create a Ritual
If you feel like relieving mental stress and relaxing your mind can be achieved by meditating. Do that. Make it a part of your routine. Saying that is easy, but making that happen is not. Make sure you set a time and attach an existing habit to this new habit.
For instance, if you shower daily, remember to meditate after your shower. This way, you will get used to meditating after your shower. Your mind will automatically remind you after the shower that your meditation awaits you.
The key is to enjoy what you are doing; only then can you receive complete success. Ritual is something else. Rituals allow us to get away from the normal boring every day and explore something new every time we experience something.
For example, if you are meditating, you can choose to decide on a specific room; this way, your mind will automatically give you a feeling of peace whenever you enter that room. Your ritual could have a memory or a gesture of a loved one associated with them as well.
Learn to Let Things Go Their Way
Humans often try to monitor and control things, which really are not in our control. When things do not go our way, or we want them to, we get frustrated and easily cranky. We need to accept the fact that not everyone and everything is under our control.
All we can try to do is give our full potential and hope to get results according to the efforts we have put in. Be kind to yourself, as no one is perfect. Things do not always go as planned because if they did, how we would learn to adapt?
Listen to your Gut
Remember that your gut is never wrong. Our inner instincts have been made so that they do not always come out the same way. On some days, it might just be a little voice or thought inside you, or sometimes something you feel in your gut. Most of the time, we ignore this little intuition because it does not match what society tells us, but we build faith in ourselves when we do follow it.
This is merely a way to show self-love and how much you embrace yourself. Learn to consider yourself higher than the standards set by people around you. Societal pressure always lets you down; make sure you are always above it.
Just Breathe Within
Breathe has been proven to be an extremely powerful tool when it comes to calming oneself. You matter what the situation is, be it a business meeting, an exam, or even a big official dinner. Just breathing can relieve pressure and balance your emotions. It allows your blood pressure to become stable, which helps in having a clearer thought process.
Some helpful breathing exercises could include;
- Pause everything for a minute, put everything aside, and take a deep breath in with your nose.
- Hold it within for a minute.
- Then just exhale, breathe, and along with it, let off all your worries. Remember just to relax. Everything will work out!
- Take a pause, and repeat it multiple times until you are completely calm.
Friendly advice: Try to make your exhales longer compared to your inhales; this definitely helps in keeping you calm.