[GOOD MENTAL HEALTH IS HEALTHY] -- 3 min read
We are continuing our series, “Be Healthy,” where we are looking at what constitutes being truly healthy. Today, we are discussing Mental Health and how it relates to a healthy lifestyle. I asked a friend of mine, Alexis, to write this blog. She is passionate about Mental Health and has some great insight on the subject.
WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?
To me, caring for one's mental health means taking an introspective and nurturing path to understanding yourself. It's a journey to adopt positive and different patterns of thought to change negative or harmful habits that inhibit you from living the life you want. It is taking the time to love and tend to yourself in whatever form that takes for you.
Why is mental Health important?
Mental Health is important because everything in life stems from who you are and how you interpret life. It is taking care of you, who is the most significant and wonderful person in your life.
There are many routes to take in this road of healing and self-discovery. Steps, needs and processes differ from individual to individual options include but are not limited to:
-seeing a licensed therapist (if you aren't the sort for talk therapy, there are a million other forms of therapy to consider. For example: art therapy, Group therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or drama therapy);
-Talking to loved ones.
Food for thought:
-Self-Worth can't be earned or taken away. It's an innate part of who we are.
-Thirty minutes of daily exercise has been proven to release endorphins.
Steps to consider when taking time for introspection and self-understanding:
1. write out a list of positive traits you love about yourself. Sometimes it is helpful to ask loved ones what traits they admire and appreciate in you.
2. Take time daily to write out positive experiences. Re-read them before you go to bed or first thing in the morning
3. Write out your morals and what matters most to you. It can increase a stronger sense of self.
The most important piece of advice I have received is to remember that you and everyone else are doing the best they can. This DOES NOT excuse people's actions nor does it diminish or devalue any pain caused by situations or people. For me, it also allows a more empathic perspective when looking at situations, people, and myself.
You deserve taking the time to tend to yourself and working towards feeling like your best self.
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