Hugging her teammates, putting on her warm-up jacket and pants, Simone Giles proved to the world that mental health needs as much attendance as other critical issues. Simone left the Tokyo Olympics and did not hesitate to be a torchbearer of the mental health awakening of the world. As the Tokyo Olympics 2020 ends, it has granted a lot of medals and recognition along with the fact that it’s already time to deal and question your mental health. The woman proved taking a step back and returning for a better win is better than living on the terms of pressure.
We all might have seen the staying positive quotes wrapped up on great walls and noble books, some of us might get it tattooed but the truth is it is more of an affirmation than a reality. As Rainer Maria Rilke quotes ‘The only journey is the journey within, we all must shift our focus on a smooth mental journey. When we decide to be the fore lord of our dreams and goals, we often rush to the process so furious that we forget that our mental state is compromised. This is where we need to pause, take a break and start afresh. This is where mental health is compromised and you know what’s the alternative? There’s none! Nothing should be your priority other than absolute mental stability and confined mental health.
What is mental health?
Mental health is the inclusion of psychological, social well-being, and emotional beings and it affects how the human body feels and functions. Our mental health defines our way of handling different circumstances such as stress, anxiety, and much more.
While mental health is the ladder to most of our life decisions, these are the major factors that contribute to mental health:
- Different life incidents
- Genes or heredity
- Mental health problems
Signs of mental problems:
Have you seen people change, not the outer changes or disease, but noticed the change in their behavior? Well, even if you don’t know these are the signs of distorted mental health. These are the basic signs of mental health:
- Lesser concentration or less thinking capability
- Mood changes or behavior changes
- Being paranoid or hallucinating
- Introvert behavior
- Excessive anger or anxiety
- Use of alcohol, drugs, or increased smoking habits
- Distorted sleeping problems
- Sexual drive changes
- Changes in eating habits
In case you think mental health is a discussion that can be passed, let’s remind you it is a discussion that should be continued forever.
Defining the ways that can help you with caressing your mental health:
- Avoid addictions
Whether you are addicted to drinking or smoking, the one thought that should always cross your mind is ‘Quit this’. This is one major step that is the start of improving your mental health. Drinking and smoking habits impact mental health in nothing but negative ways. One of the most important things, smoking and drinking habits cause a medical condition called thiamine deficiency. Deficiency in thiamine is a low thiamine medical condition (vitamin B1). Beriberi is a serious and chronic form. In adults, wet beriberi and dry beriberi are two main types. Wet beriberi affects the cardiovascular system, which causes quick heart rate, shortness of breath, and swelling of the legs. Moreover, deficiency of thiamine leads to major brain problems including memory problems, eye problems, and much more.
If you are a drug addict, quit it right now. Drugs can cause low mood, anxiety, and even paranoia as well as delusion. Even mental problems such as schizophrenia are caused because of drugs and filthy addictions.
- Develop new habits
As the Gen Z writer Jay Shetty writes in his book ‘Think Like A Monk’, it is always good news to develop new habits. Start with making little notes, develop the habit of starting your day with gratitude and eliminate the things that trigger your mental health. Do you know why these little things are important? It helps you deal with stress, anxiety, and depression. Developing new habits makes you more comfortable in dealing with your mental health which basically helps in dealing with poor mental health.
- Manage stress
Managing stress is one thing, and knowing what triggers your stress is another. The point is to achieve the one, you have to deal with another. You can resolve an issue when you write about it and then you deal with it. When you write about the points that pour stress into you, then only you can deal with the stress. Know what your responsibilities are, know what is happening that is causing you stress, and then sit down to settle those issues. Deal with the stress by dealing with the causes, steadily and slowly.
- Seek help
The most important thing that can lead to developing the solutions to mental illness or mental sickness is to ask for help. The more we talk about mental health, the more help we seek, the more you come closer to winning this war of improved mental health. The first step is to know that you are not feeling good, the more important is to seek help. Talk to your friend, talk to the people you love, or consult a therapist.
Exercising has been one of the most proven ways to deal with mental stress. Experts have suggested that exercising and being active is beneficial for both physical and mental health. These are the benefits of exercise:
- It keeps you more energized
- It sharpens memory and thinking
- It builds stronger resilience
- It helps in dealing with stress
- It ensures better sleep
- Take proper meals
If you have not known, eating habits define your mental health. Taking proper meals and eating healthy food keeps a check on your mental abilities and provides the essential nutrients that your body requires. The lack of protein and mineral deficiency can cause uneven moods or even develop a lesser developing brain. This might hinder your ability to deal with mental stress or other mental problems. Eating well and exercising well are the two mantras of staying mentally fit.
- Sleep Sleep Sleep
Getting a goodnight’s sleep of eight to nine hours is an essential way to great mental health. Not getting enough sleep makes you dizzy, sleepy and less functional all day. This further leads to deprived working conditions and makes you less productive which will be the reason for stress. So before you go for other signs that are causing mental illness, look at your sleep schedule. Ameliorate the necessity of sleeping well and make this a habit.
There are abundant ways to improve your mental health and finding the right ones should definitely be your goal. The above-mentioned steps will surely help you, nevertheless, there are more:
- Have dark chocolates and caffeine
- Take a trip down memory lane
- Do fun activity
- Challenge yourself daily
- Write down your stress
- Add some more protein, salmon, and omega-3 to your diet
- Write a thank-you note to yourself
- Forgive yourself for your mistakes
- Be addicted to sunshine and grab more Vitamin D
- Have small trips and getaways
- Do organic farming or gardening
- Work on your strengths and weaknesses
Reading these twelve points, you might have known the one thing that’s common between all of them. If not, let us tell you what it is; the single intonation to healthy mental health is Happiness. If you want to have the best mental health, try everything that makes you happy.
Ryan and Deci (2000) stated that happiness contributes to well-being and directly reduces mental disorders such as stress depression and anxiety. Stay mentally happy!