Your mental health is one of the key elements of ensuring you are enjoying a high-quality, healthy life. When your mental health is not high on your list of needs, you may find yourself sliding into bad habits and being affected by negativity and a range of issues including depression. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Studies explains your mental health can be negatively affected throughout your life and should be assessed as a child, throughout adolescence, and as an adult. Although those who feel their mental health is a problem should seek medical help, there is a range of exercises one can complete which will assist with keeping the delicate balance of your mental health in place.
1. Relax and meditate
The University of Michigan reports the use of meditation or prayer can have a positive effect on the mind as this can limit your stress levels when times are tough. Not only will this allow you to feel more relaxed and calm, but those in therapy may see improved results when it is coupled with periods of meditation.
Although the benefits of meditation and prayer are easy to understand, many of us find it difficult to find the time to meditate for a prolonged period of time. Instead, you could try some breathing exercises at your desk or at home when a moment of quiet appears. Breathing deeply from your diaphragm is a good starting point for your meditation exercises with your stomach moving with each breath instead of your shoulders. There is a range of apps, videos, and guides available which can provide you with the skills needed to find calm when the world around you seems to be too busy to cope with.
2. Be positive
We have all looked on the internet and seen inspirational quotes about staying positive and not dwelling on negativity. This is a good place to start your journey towards better mental health and reduced levels of stress in your life. Even when life seems to be heading in the wrong direction, you should be able to flip your negative thoughts into a positive feeling about where you are heading. This can be done by simply having positive thoughts, writing down positive messages for yourself, or repeating positive statements for yourself in a bathroom mirror.
3. Practice healthy habits
Most of us know depression and negative self-image can limit our ability to move quickly and exercise. A person who is struggling with their mental health will usually find they sleep longer and fail to keep up a healthy diet. Depression and negativity can lead to a person not eating enough or eating too much high fat, sugary snacks which can provide a short-term release of positive chemicals into the brain before the inevitable crash occurs. Spending some time each day exercising and eating a balanced, healthy diet will always improve your mental health.
4. Be realistic about your life
The modern world is a stressful environment where pressure and stress are always lurking on our shoulders. Your life needs less stress, not more which is why it is important to make sure the goals you are setting yourself are achievable in the time you have set. Adding stress to your life by making your life goals unachievable is adding fuel to the fire of your mental health struggles. The target you set yourself should be possible without the need for you to destroy your mental health in achieving everything you believe you have to complete. Firstly, set goals in your personal and work life you know you can achieve; secondly, make sure the time frame is correct and will not be too short or too long. If the goal you are hoping to achieve takes an entire work day, set that as your target for the day to make sure your stress levels are manageable.
Mental health problems are becoming an epidemic in the world we now live in and should not be taken lightly. Almost everybody has high levels of stress which can be lowered if we spend a little time completing these easy to complete exercises.