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Poor mental health can completely and totally destroy your life. It can make it difficult to even get up in the morning, let alone enjoy all the wonderful things that life has to offer, and although many mental health conditions are not curable, there are lots of little things you can do to sow the seeds of good mental health and improve your quality of life significantly.
Here are some simple seeds to good mental health, that if sown will have a positive impact on your life:
Expressing your gratitude to the good things in your life, even when they don’t feel so good, will slowly but surely make you feel better about life. You don’t have to make a big show of being grateful either – just write down five good things a day. This could be something as simple as seeing a nice sunrise or eating a good meal – it doesn’t have to be earth shattering.
Look After Your Body
Mind and body are intricately connected, which is why, if you want to have good mental health, you need to practice good physical health. There is no denying it can be tough to cook healthy food and take exercise when you’re in the depths of depression, but if you can, it is worth doing because it will help your body to produce feel-good chemicals that will give your mental well-being a boost.
Treat Yourself with Kindness
Don’t succumb to negative self-talk – you are a wonderful person who is deserving of all the love and happiness the world has to offer, so act like it! Replace negativity with more positive feelings, and give yourself little treats to boost your self-esteem.
If you find it difficult to get yourself out of the black hole of mental illness, there is no shame in seeking outside help. Sometimes, a therapist can help you get to the root of the problem so that you can work on digging yourself out of the hole you find yourself in. So, getting in touch with Symmetry Counseling could be the boost you need to get back on track.
Meditation isn’t just for Buddhists and hippies; it can help anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by life to get a little headspace and start to feel better about things. It’s not a miracle cure, and you will need to commit to regular meditation sessions to see a difference, but taking time out to clear your mind can work wonders for your mental well-being and put you in touch with your spiritual side if that is something you are interested in.
Set Simple Goals
Often, when you’re mentally unwell, you let things stagnate and all but check out of life. This usually only makes things worse. By setting simple, achievable goals, you can start to build up self-worth, get a sense of achievement and dip your toes into engaging with life once more.
When you’re ill, it’s important not to take too much on at once, so don’t try to do all of these things right now. Pick one or two that resonate and start from there to get the most benefit.