• Chantal Porter

5 Simple Tips for Your Mental Health

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Life gets hard at times! Simple everyday tasks feel like a hassle and even dealing with the people you love can feel like a burden. You feel lost, and if you're not careful, you might enter into a cycle of depression. I'm sure some, or most of us have experienced some derivative of the aforementioned statements. Here's the thing though, it doesn't always have to be that way. Sure, life will really knock you down sometimes, but I have learned a few tricks that can definitely help you to cope.

There are multiple dimensions of health and each has a critical role to play. Each dimension impacts the body in a different way but they are all interconnected. Your emotional health is one dimension that has a major impact on your mental health. You are more likely to develop mental health issues, when your body is suffering from an emotional attack, for eg. a bad break up, trauma or the death of a family member.

What is Mental Health?

MentalHealth.gov states that "mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood."

Signs that you can use to detect possible mental health issues

  • Overeating

  • Fatigue and constant lack of energy

  • Hearing Voices that aren't really there

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Intense mood swings

Resolving mental health issues often requires the help of external sources, nevertheless there are a few other ways in which you can take your mental health under your control.

Here are 5 tips that you can use for your mental health.

1. Develop a sense of gratitude

I was very confused when I heard this tip initially. I thought I understood and practiced gratitude. Truth is, most days I spoke from a place of anger and ingratitude. I would count only some blessings and ignore others because they were always present (fresh air, the ability to speak, life, family etc). It's easy to miss out on the joys of living in the present when we're obsessing about things that might not matter in the future. I suggest counting your blessings every day.

Challenge: Create a gratitude journal and write at least one thing you're grateful for at the end of each day.

2. Exercise and eat healthy

Listen, I wouldn't dare point fingers so don't feel threatened. In the event that you do, it might be for the best. Your mental health is affected by all other areas of your life. If you are not well physically, you might experience feelings of sadness, hopelessness, doubt, fear etc. When these feelings decide to team up, you might feel perpetually ill. The right foods and exercise will renew your energy and leave you feeling like you can take on the world!

3. Build strong, healthy, non-toxic relationships

You are the product of the five people you hang around the most. Scary, I know! Relationships are coping mechanisms for human beings. It's good to have that one friend, group of friends or family member that you can unload on safely. Bear in mind however, If your conversation with friends etc. seems like a competition dubbed 'I had the worst day because' that does not count as a healthy relationship. Remember, you need people to empathize with you, but you also need someone who gives you hope.

4. Reset

If you have never experienced burn out, then I guess you found this tip out long before I did. My friends, there is a time for work, but there is also a time for play. I'm busy! This excuse is tired, and frankly, our brains are no longer impressed by it. Our bodies need time to recoup and reset. Set clear goals, but also make time to celebrate the small achievements leading up to that goal. Treat yourself occasionally, and your brain will thank you for it.

5. Seek Professional Help

It's OK, to not be OK! If you're in a constant state of depression, it's probably time to get some external help. I believe that prayer helps, so depending on your spirituality, counselling through your place of worship is a great option. On the other hand, there are multiple counselling organizations that you can access depending on your geographic location. Seek them out and talk to a mental health counselor. The first step is accepting that you have a problem. If you're able to do this, you're well on your way to achieving wholesome life.

Sound mental health is a critical part of health and wellness. If your mind is not right your body will not function at it's optimum level. This means that you are more likely to encounter certain illnesses because your body's defensive system is undergoing stress. Make mental health a priority and reap the following benefits:

  1. More energy to carry out daily activities.

  2. Think clearly and make better decisions.

  3. Productive days at work and home.

Always remember that life is a journey and there's still a lot that we need to figure out. In the meantime, live fearlessly, give abundantly and love endlessly!

"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse."-Jim Rohn

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