Why is Mental Health Important:
Firstly we need to define ‘mental health’. I believe it means having a ‘healthy mind’
So let’s break it down shall we?RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
It has got to do with how your unhealthy thoughts could be affecting your overall health and wellness.
Firstly, we can look at those three killers: worry, doubt, fear. Actually there is a fourth killer, which is procrastination.
What happens when you worry?
You go mull over some negative thought over and over and over again. Worrying about a situation possibly occurring in the future simply creates stress and 9 times out of 10 the worst case scenario won’t happen anyway.
And even if the tenth means it does, it’s probably not half as bad as you feared. So, by this process of worrying, what you’ve done is cause possible sleepless nights, upped your stress levels, wasted energy and time. So stop it!
Ok, so let’s say you’ve allowed the worry to take over. It will inevitably lead to doubt, which will lead to fear and then you will procrastinate, which means you’re stuck in some dreadful ‘mind’ frame at which point you’re unlikely to take any action at all, except perhaps hide under the covers until it’s all over.
Of course, then, your stress levels will shoot up, you’ll probably eat all the wrong foods, drink far too much alcohol (smoke a lot – if you smoke – which of course you shouldn’t anyway) and, before you know it, your body will be subject to all sorts of illnesses, coughs, colds, insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, overweight, underweight, no energy. In fact, let’s face it: your life will not be good!
So, we’re already finding out the importance of your mental health on your life, aren’t we?
Let’s back up a bit here. What you need to maintain is good mental health: it is a ‘system’, a way of looking at life without all the negative stuff that will inevitably lead to the scenario I mentioned previously.
You have to start by seeing what’s not working and changing that. As a very wise woman once said, “it’s only a thought and a thought can be changed”. And that is the truth.
So often you allow your thoughts to ‘run away with you’. I’m not saying that life is perfect, but you need to be building up your ‘resistance’ to negative thoughts,which in turn will contribute to a healthy mental state, which will inevitably lead to a healthy body as well.
So how do you do that?
Well, firstly you can start by ensuring you are always up for having a good day.
First thing in the morning when you wake say: “Today is a wonderful day, I choose to make it so.” Just by saying that out loud every single morning, it will start to energise you. It’s a powerful way of starting your day right, like eating a good breakfast – but for your mind!
Say it over and over like a mantra (or a worry you might have!) and you’ll be surprised at how effective that can be on your mental health.
If you’re one of those people who has a huge To Do list, and by the end of the day one thing is ticked off and seven more have been added, you need to organise your day properly.
Use the important, urgent way of prioritizing.
Simply look at your list and look at each item. Give each one a number from 1 to 4. If it’s urgent and important – that’s a priority – give it a 1; less urgent – maybe it’s a report that doesn’t need to be done until next week, give it a 2. Important, but not necessarily urgent – a 3 and lastly a 4, which means it’s not urgent and not really important.
If you only do the 1 and some of the 2s each day you will be less stressed. Having a huge list of to do stuff will totally overwhelm you and often that leads to total inaction and then nothing will get accomplished. This way you’re scheduling your daily stuff, which will help the state of your mind because you will be less stressed when you see those action points getting ticked off.
Try not to get distracted during the day from your course of action.
Often an email will pop up and you’ll think “oh, I must answer that straight away”. No, actually you don’t. Why not schedule a time to answer and deal with all emails? That way you’ll have less distractions while you’re working on your 1 and 2 items. Oh, and we all know about Facebook and other social media just popping into our horizon.
Again, leave that stuff until a specific time later in the day: when you’ve accomplished much of your list, you can spend a short while ‘chatting’, after all you do deserve it. That way too you won’t suffer at the end of the day, because the priorities will have been done and you’re giving yourself a well deserved break. Mission accomplished, work done, less stress, mental health good!.
Before you go to sleep, go over your day and say “I’ve had a wonderful day, tomorrow will be even better: thank you, thank you, thank you!” Don’t beat yourself up if not everything on the list got done; as long as you did your best, that’s all that matters.
So, you see, having good mental health will help you sleep better, achieve more. You’ll be nicer to be around and it’s definitely a win-win for you and those closest to you as well.
Now you’ve discovered why mental health is important, make sure you put these ideas into daily practice.
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