Learn About Living Life Deliberately with Bernice Fitzgibbon

It is imperative that we take good care of our health in order to make the most of our time here on earth. Since we are given only one body, they are non-refundable as of right now.

Most people think of being healthy as getting in shape, eating healthy, and hitting the gym. Physical health is only half of the equation, but all of these practices are conducive to it.

It is just as important to maintain a healthy mind as it is to maintain a healthy body. In today’s healthcare system, this has been acknowledged more and more. Historically, medicine has focused on the physical body and its associated injuries and diseases.

Mental health, however, is becoming increasingly apparent both in the way it manifests itself in the physical body and in terms of its impact on the overall quality of life.

The purpose of this article is to briefly discuss five ways to improve your mental health.

 

Maintain Positive Internal Dialogue

We wouldn’t intentionally speak to others in a way that tears them down or makes them feel negative about themselves when it comes to how we interact and communicate with them. A lack of adherence to this social habit would be disastrous. The irony is that we are often quick to break this habit when we speak to ourselves.

The way we speak to ourselves, whether internally or aloud, can be extremely hypercritical and condescending. Our mental health can seem poor because we pick apart everything we say and do, finding fault wherever we can.

In order to nurture and protect your mental environment, make sure you are being just as kind to yourself as you would when speaking to someone that needed an uplifting word.

Avoid Comparison

 

The saying “comparison is the thief of joy” has never been more true than in today’s world, where people post only their highlights on social media. The ability to look at other people’s lives from a birds-eye view can make us feel that our own situation is far from ideal.

It is entirely detrimental to your mental health to compare your life and current situation to those of other people.

The truth is, every person alive has their issues and shortcomings, just as they have successes and triumphs. Focus on your life, appreciate the highs, and always strive to improve your own personal situation.

Find Joy In The Small Things

When pondering what it takes to live a happy and fulfilled life, a lot of us are under the impression that it takes grandiose events and big achievements to produce this feeling. Of course, these occurrences are great and should be celebrated, but events of this scale should not be the only thing fueling your mental health.

To maintain a consistent state of mental well-being, it is important to recognize and appreciate the simple moments of joy that occur every day. Taking your dog on a walk, sitting outside watching the sunset, or grabbing a cup of coffee in the morning are all small moments in your daily schedule that are worth noticing.

These are everyday sources of happiness that often get overlooked as we constantly search for something more.

 Surround Yourself With The Right People

When surrounded by certain people, we can all identify a particular feeling or mood. Most of the time, this feeling has a reason and should be acknowledged.

Your mental health is influenced by the people you surround yourself with. People who drag you down emotionally and exude nothing but negative energy will almost always drag you down with them if you allow them into your immediate environment. Rather, surround yourself with people who make you laugh and who make you feel happier. 

Feed Your Mind Healthy Things

There is a pretty straightforward connection between what we eat and what it does to our bodies. A diet consisting of nothing but junk food and alcohol binges is going to result in a bad outcome every single time. This is not exactly cutting-edge science.

Given that the above statement is true, why would allowing a steady stream of negative information into the mind have anything but negative effects on mental health? Listening to people in your surroundings complain, gossip, or consume negative mental food has a direct effect on your internal environment. A healthy mind follows the same rule as a healthy body.