The mind is a strange thing. The effects of your mental state are very often not limited to your consciousness only. It also affects your physical self and shows itself in how your body functions. Did you ever notice how people who are constantly under stress often look tired, haggard and old for their age? It’s stress and a less-than-fine mental condition that cause these physical manifestations to appear. The lack of mental wellness very often will lead to emotional distress and even affect physical health.
*Recognizing the Need For Mental Wellness*
People are constantly exposed to stress, although it comes in many forms and degrees. Even babies can experience stress, such as when they cry and attention to their needs gets delayed. Their experience, however, is significantly more limited.
Adults, on the other hand, experience stress as a result of day-to-day activities. It also doesn’t help that the demands of work, family and social activities often put pressure on an otherwise smooth-sailing situation.
To take the step towards ensuring mental wellness, it’s important that you are able to identify symptoms of unnecessary stress. Some types of distractions or concerns are easily dealt with while others require extra steps to resolve, sometimes necessitating professional help.
*Resources For Mental Wellness*
The best way to handle mental wellness is to recognize that it is a real need. Most people would ignore signs and symptoms of mental distress because they are used to believing that it’s “all in your head”. Very often, they do not recognize the problems until it has already affected them in a negative way.
It’s also important to use the right kind of knowledge to help maintain mental wellness. Read magazines, books and other sources of information on the subject. If there’s help available, then take advantage and use it.
Generally, though, the best source of information regarding the state of your mental health are you yourself. You know your limits and what you go through everyday. You can also recognize the factors that affect your mental health when you encounter them. To make sure you take care of your mental health, learn to identify situations, events and people that are stressful to you so you will know how best to manage them when you need to.
*Steps to Ensuring Mental Wellness*
Once you recognize your stress triggers and the things that challenge your mental wellness, there are certain steps you need to take.
– Assess your mental health regularly.
Determine your ideal state of mind and then try to see how far you veer off from it periodically. The point here is to take note of ‘trends’ in your emotional well-being. Have you been feeling happy and satisfied lately or are you generally depressed and have been for some time?
– Set aside time to focus on your mental wellness everyday.
Often, taking a few short breaks to relax everyday can do a lot for your mental wellness. Recognize that it is normal for people to have concerns and worries but that what you need to focus on are real solutions. To do this effectively, you need to make a conscious effort to manage your mental wellness.
– Choose your most effective ways to manage negative thoughts.
People have different ways of dealing with stress and unpleasant emotions. When these thoughts enter your head, learn to recognize them and then interrupt the flow. Think of more pleasant things or distract yourself by engaging in more productive activities. These thoughts will probably appear from time to time but the key is to prevent them from dominating you.
– Learn to prioritize.
Very often, the stress that affects mental wellness is caused by the lack of prioritizing skills. Make a conscious effort of completing tasks according to importance. Even if you have a list of 20 things to do in one day, for example, being able to complete six of them before lunch hour can help you reducing the pressure that lies on you.
– Challenge your mind.
The mind can get a bit rusty when it focuses on only one or two things. Learn to tread on unfamiliar ground and challenge yourself. Learn a new skill, for example, such as playing a musical instrument or learning chess. Unfamiliar things make the mind work harder because there is new information to process.
– Go easy on yourself.