Apologies for missing posts in February. Work was getting too stressful and I needed to take a break to recharge my mental state of being. Well, I’m back stronger than ever so you can expect posts on a regular basis going forward. Also, by a strange quirk of fate, I received a post from a contributor to Mental Health & Wellness that was very similar to the reason that I took a small break from work. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
Life can be very difficult and even cruel at times. Once people pass from the innocence of childhood to the hard realities of adulthood, it can often be difficult to cope with all the negative experiences that come with being a grownup. For some people, it can become overwhelming. Depression, neurosis, anxiety and deep dissatisfaction with the way their lives turned out can turn normal, everyday existence into a living nightmare for many people. And if they don’t do anything about it, this path can lead to even more negativity, more unhappiness, and even mental illness.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. In the same way you can choose to let the struggles and humiliations of life get the better of you, it’s also possible to choose the opposite path: Optimism, an appreciation for the gifts and good things you have received in your life, and the ability to be genuinely happy and satisfied with your place in this world.
Here then are six simple things anybody can do to achieve mental wellness.
For many people, the biggest obstacle to being happy is that they aren’t able to relax. When you are tense, frustrated and anxious, there’s no room for any other emotions. Your mind can become overwhelmed with blackness and negativity.
But if you make a conscious effort to relax, it’s possible to push out some or all of these negative thoughts and make room for positivity and optimism.
Relaxing is one of those life skills that everybody needs to master. How you relax is going to be singular to you. Some people find pleasurable relaxation while watching their favorite TV show or movie or snuggling up with a good book. Others love spending time with their families or having an active social life with their friends.
Still, others need to physically learn to relax the muscles in their body and mind through such activities as yoga, Tai Chi, or transcendental meditation.
Another problem many people have is that they rush through so much of their life that they don’t take time to really relish anything. The reason is obvious: We’re all very busy. Everybody has commitments at work, family responsibilities, the need to earn an income to support ourselves and our dependents.
Then there are all the daily struggles such as commuting to and from work, keeping up with the shopping and cleaning, and many others. Many people even put more pressure on themselves with things they should be enjoying, such as binge-watching a television series they like or eating and drinking like a glutton.
Appreciate Things More
How much happier and more satisfied would you be if you were to simply slow down? Taking the time to do whatever you are doing the proper and correct way may delay you in another part of your life, but the satisfaction and happiness it will bring you, is often more than worth it.
Be More Active
Being physically inactive is also the source of a lot of frustration for many people. When you have to struggle to do normal, everyday things, it can take a lot of the pleasure out of life. It also can lead to further physical problems, including disease, obesity, and social ostracism.
But being healthier is a choice and not a difficult one to make, either. Simply make a commitment to eating healthier and being a little more active a little bit at a time. You don’t have to run marathons or climb mountains to look and feel better. Take a walk, turn down that dessert, and take incremental steps toward being more active and you can get more fulfillment out of your life.
In order to achieve mental wellness, you have to learn to like yourself. And the best way to do that is to learn more about who you really are by spending more time with yourself. That’s where meditation can help.
Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean pursuing a rigorous spiritual path toward some sort of transcendent enlightenment. It can be something as simple as spending a few minutes per day sitting along quietly and thinking about … nothing.
If you aren’t sure how to get started, there’re a lot of resources on the internet that you show you the basics.
Let Yourself Be Happy
Happiness is a choice. Most people don’t realize that. Or they discover it too late.
You can choose to be unhappy. Or you can choose to be happy. Once you choose the latter, all the remaining choices will fall into place.
The road to happiness requires you to avoid negativity and pessimism and embrace positivity and optimism. Slow down, breathe, spend some quality time with yourself and the ones you love and the rest will usually take care of itself.