The overall psychology of a human being is never complete without his mental health or simply put, the state of his mind. Looking good and healthy is vital for a person’s well-being. However, feeling good about one’s self and of others, and being able to handle one’s emotions when he is faced with everyday challenges is of paramount importance. There may be times when you must seek professional help and treatment for emotional and mental stability, but first, you must know how to enhance your emotional well-being by yourself. Below are some easy and convenient methods of building resilience, improving mood, and enhancing your overall happiness and contentment in life.
Mind The Present. Focusing on a specific topic, thing, or issue in your life in one particular moment enables you to release the bad or unpleasant feelings that you have suppressed from the past. You can begin by being aware of the simple routines that you do every day, like taking a shower, riding your bicycle to and from work, or eating salad at the office pantry for lunch. When you pay attention to these physical routines, the smell of the food you eat, and the sounds of the atmosphere that you love will help you maintain focus on the now. When you become oblivious, snap yourself out of it and go back to what you were just doing.
Be mindful of perpetuating stereotypes, devaluing others, and sharing inaccurate information. Further, if you hear this type of language, perhaps you have the opportunity to open a dialogue and politely dispel the underlying stigma. — Shainna Ali Ph.D., LMHC
Engage In Physical Activity. When you exercise, your release endorphins and other hormones that aid in stress relief and positive mood changes. Additionally, working out has proven time and again to be an effective antidote to all forms of depression and anxiety. Find time throughout the day to add exercise whether you’re at home or at work. If you’re at your workplace, use the stairs instead of the elevator. If you’re at home, do some hiking or walking early in the morning to take advantage of the vitamins from the sun.
Practice Positive Self-Talk. Studies prove that feeling and thinking positive about yourself has a powerful effect on your mental well-being. When we think negatively about ourselves – when we wonder if we’re good enough or if we’re capable enough – we are creating bad energy within us. This goes out of the body through temper, anger, insecurity, and yes, depression. So despite some rough patches along the way, just keep telling yourself, “I will get through this because I am strong and there is nothing I cannot handle.”
Stigma needs to be disputed to allow for a new sense of self to emerge. You can still be a fantastic worker, parent, friend, or community member even with a mental health problem. — Lauren Mizock Ph.D.
Be Grateful Everyday. It might not seem like it, but if you really come to think about it, there is always something to be grateful and happy for every waking day. Feel thankful for the abundance of food, clothes, friends, family, and significant others. Be happy that you’re working and earning and are able to buy the things you need – and sometimes the things you want. Your heart will be full when you feel gratitude inside, and there will be no space for negativity.
Be A Blessing To Others. Knowing and appreciating the fact that you are blessed allows you to be able to help others and inspire them that they, too, can become blessings to those who are underprivileged. When other people value you, you think more positively and act more confidently, increasing your emotional and mental integrity. You become good at discovering the good side of others and even better acknowledging your own.
Eat Healthily. What you eat will determine how well you function the whole day. Nourish your brain with lots of fruits, vegetables, and more liters of clean water. Nourish your body with lean and healthy food like fish, chicken, and lean meat, plus the nutrients that you get from the fruits and vegetables. This way, your physical, emotional, and mental functions can perform optimally.
Studies have shown that different dietary factors can affect the brain’s ability to repair and renew its nerve networks and also lower inflammation throughout the brain. — Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D.
Find Someone To Talk To. There are times when you can’t seem to handle what’s in front of you, and this challenge will tend to pull you down the drain. Before it gets the best of you, confide in someone close to you – your sibling, parents, and friends – and unburden yourself of the inner turmoil. If and when these significant others can’t be available for you, perhaps you might consider talking to a therapist – a professional who is more than capable of helping you sort whatever issue that’s troubling you.
Begin Today. The status of your physical, emotional, and mental health ultimately depends on you. You alone have the power to make the first step towards improving yourself. Please don’t wait until you’re drained of your energy and your will to live before you prioritize your overall well-being. When you feel that you are stronger, that is the perfect time to do it, because then you so capable of forming positive routines and interests. Start now, but don’t be in a hurry. Gradual but sure goes a long way.