9 Simple Ways To Improve Your Mental Wellbeing
Nov 13, 2019 | Ebru Yildirim
In today’s world, mental well being is something that should be prioritized and discussed in length. Being mentally and emotionally healthy is vital to our very existence. But how often do we keep a track of ourselves? How often do we take a deep breath and evaluate our complete well-being?
In this blog, our life coach shares some essential guidelines to improve your mental wellness through everyday activities.
Invest in healthy relationships
Did you know that loneliness has the power to drive a person to a point of no return. As scary as it sounds, the feeling of isolation can be so strong and depressing that it can have a staggering impact on one’s mental wellbeing.
One way to help dissipate loneliness is by maintaining healthy relationships. By having people around us to connect, share our thoughts and our feelings accepted, we feel less alone and more alive. Talk to your loved ones- your friends and family- and be honest with them about your feelings. By asking for help in times of need, you are not only helping yourself, but also the ones who care about you.
Set goals and challenge yourself
To keep your mind active at all times, our life coach recommends setting goals. Take time to think and set goals for yourself and work towards it. When you are focused on something, it can fire up your mind to find ways to achieve it.
Having a purpose to one’s life is crucial. When you have something to work towards and achieve, it will keep your mind sharp and occupied.
Look into yourself
Often, you forget to check in with yourself, failing to understand how you are feeling at the time. You might be stressed or depressed and may not even realize it. Life coaching teaches to be aware of one's body and mind. To keep track of your mental health, question yourself about your habits- Am I my usual self? Have I started getting irritated for nothing? Am I able to sleep well at night? Do I feel tired all the time?
Note down how you are feeling at a time and then decide upon a course of action. If you feel that your life is becoming stagnant, start a new hobby or pick up a book to read. If you need some professional help, reach out to our life coach.
Gratitude is easy to come by with a little practice. Whenever you feel like you're slipping into negativity, count your blessings. Wake up every morning and be thankful for a new day. Spend a few minutes every day to journal about things-big and small- that you are grateful for.
Just like being grateful about your life in general, show some love as well. Congratulate your colleague on his or her success. Meet your friends and tell them how much they mean to you. Look at the good things around you and learn to be happy about it.
Break some sweat
Your mental wellbeing is integral to your physical wellbeing. If you feel tired and lifeless, your mind will also mimic it to go into depression. Whether you are anxious, stressed or even depressed, exercise can help lift your mood. Exercise improves sleep, makes your body relaxed, and increase the production of endorphins or happy hormones.
Anything from a simple 30 minutes walk in the park to a high-intensity gym training can help improve your physical as well as mental health.
Meditation is a practice where you try to clear your mind of all thoughts, keeping it focused on a single point. Practicing meditation helps you to control your thoughts better, helping you steer clear of your thoughts.
If you find it hard to clear your mind off thoughts, start with mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation is more like a controlled thought process. Whenever you are tempted to think of negative instances in life, steer your mind away into positive thoughts and control its direction. Through mindfulness meditation, you can lower stress, improve your relationships, enhance your focus and memory, and help you feel more at ease.
Give priority to your sleep
For people who are trying to find ‘success’ in their life, the first thing that they normally give up on is sleep. While there is no correlation between the two, most people tend to believe that not sleeping will help them find some more time for other things they deem important. If you are one such person, this is for you.
Being sleep deprived is not healthy in any sense. Without enough sleep, your emotional and psychological well being is affected, leading to several mental issues. Studies show that people with insomnia are about four times at a higher risk than others to develop depression within the first three years.
Getting 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night will not only improve your mental health, but will also keep you energized throughout the day. If you have trouble sleeping at night, try the various techniques that can induce a healthy sleep. Eating a well-balanced diet, reducing caffeine intake, avoiding alcohol and smoking and regular exercise will help improve your sleeping habits.
Indulge in Self Care
The idea of self-care varies for everyone. However, the motive of this process is very simple - to help yourself be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. While we understand that different people have different ways to unwind and care for themselves, our life coach suggests activities like exercise, meditation, traveling, even eating healthy or trying new things to calm your mind and body. Your method of self-care could be drastically different from what’s listed here- and yet if you are happy pursuing them without harming yourself or anyone around you, it will be deemed as a kind of self-care.
Take care of yourself for at least 20 minutes a day. By spending a little time every day for yourself, you improve your chances of staying healthy and happy throughout your life.
Get help when needed
If there is one thing that several individuals have learned through their experiences, it’s the importance of reaching out for help when needed. While most people keep telling themselves that they can handle everything on their own and stay put together, a lot of them cannot. Understand that there is no shame or embarrassment in seeking the help of a life coach if you need someone to help you.
With more and more people normalizing mental issues and the importance of professional help, the stigma around it has greatly reduced. Reach out to our life coach in Dubai for an essential and effective therapy session at the earliest.