Good mental health is not simply the absence of diagnosable mental health problems, although good mental health is likely to help protect against development of many such problems.
Good mental health is characterized by a person’s ability to fulfill a number of key functions and activities, including:
The ability to learn, feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions. The ability to form and maintain good relationships with others.
The ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty.
World Mental Health Day is observed every year on October 10th. The main purpose is to raise awareness of mental health issues in hopes of changing the narrative.
Here are 5 ways to maximize your mental health :
Do Something Different - If you stick too close to the same routine, your brain can go into “auto-pilot.” You become un-stimulated and don’t have to think as much. You can adjust an daily activity or routine that you do or just do something different than the norm to help with mental stimulation.
Learn Minimalism- Learn to say “no” and eliminate excess in your life. Throw away what you don’t need. Thoughts included. When you have fewer items in your life, there is more space for things you want.
Be accountable for your emotions- By taking responsibility for your emotions, you will become less dependent on external validation or circumstances. When you are responsible for your own emotions, your energy levels will always be high.
Stay positive- It does not mean you wont have any challenges or setbacks, it just means in the midst of them you are grounded because you choose to see the brighter side of things. If you’re feeling sluggish or slightly depressed, forcing yourself to think positively is a great way to start reversing negative momentum.
Thinking positive thoughts will make you feel more positive, optimistic, and will boost mental wellness.
Meditate - Many people find meditation to be a great way to boost mental energy. A basic definition of meditation is being conscious of mind and breath. While meditating, the goal is to not think about future or past. It is to be present. I think of meditation as a time to let my thoughts flow freely and to take notice of my emotions, thoughts, and body.
If this has helped or inspired you in some way, please let us know in the comments. Stay Persuaded!