Our mental health is responsible for our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we live our everyday lives, how we interact with others, and most importantly how we look at ourselves. We often tend to overlook our mental health and dismiss the fact that it plays a significant role in living a healthy, happy, balanced life. If you or someone you know are struggling with mental health, here are several ways to condition yourself to start creating more positive thoughts.

 

Read Personal Growth Books

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When you go to the gym, you read up on workouts you should be performing right? The same goes for your mental health. Reading personal growth books can serve as a guide to give you the tools you need to help reach your potential. One of my personal favorites is “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” by Amy Morin where she empowers you to kick out your old, bad habits and pick up beneficial ones. Another amazing read is by social influencer Vex King who wrote “Good Vibes, Good Life” where he teaches you how to adopt a positive outlook on life and yourself. So pick up a book, go to a beach or park where you can get some fresh air, and get reading.

Social Media Cleanse

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When you’re bored and have nothing to do, it’s so easy to start skimming through people’s stories and get wrapped up in the latest Kardashian scandal. I get it, it happens and I’m just as guilty. Hard as it may be, try to limit your time on the screen. We often use social media for the wrong reasons and set false expectations by comparing our lives to other people’s. Something that works for me is following accounts that inspired me instead of bring me down. Use your passions and hobbies to follow accounts that you can relate to in order to push yourself. This can be photography, painting, dancing, and even mental health advocates that post motivational quotes to help you get through the day. If you’re having trouble finding some, here are a couple to help you get started: Norooz Clinic Foundation (mental health clinic), Brené Brown (researcher & storyteller), Karen Cheok (art student), and Lang Leav (novelist & poet).

Take Care Of Your Body

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Remember, physical health is still a vital component of our mental health. Working out can help release stress or anxiety, whether it’s an hour in the gym or thirty minutes of yoga. So make time for it. Your body is composed of about 60% of water so drinking plenty of it can make all the difference when you go about your busy day. Make sure you eat nutritious meals that consist of vegetables, fruits, and your source of protein. Lastly, ensure that you’re getting plenty of sleep! By getting enough sleep, you’re helping your body get re-energized and preparing yourself for your next busy day.

Surround Yourself With Positivity

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Before you can cultivate happiness in others, you need to be happy with yourself. Remember, good vibes attract good vibes, so you need to create a positive self-image in order to bring positivity into your life. This can include creating a list of words or affirmations to repeat to yourself when you wake up each morning or keeping a journal to write down the things you’re grateful for in life. Most importantly though, be fearless and believe in yourself. Embrace your individuality and remind yourself of your greatest attributes. Be open to change and learn to be okay with getting out of your comfort zone because it’s the only way you’ll continue to flourish.

Talk To Someone

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In today’s society, it’s easier to say “snap out of it” when dealing with mental and emotional issues. Especially for men, society has created this expectation to bottle their feelings because they have to be physically and emotionally strong. However, the mental health community is successfully starting to reduce and end the stigma around mental health.  So don’t be afraid to reach out for help and talk about it. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness, but of sign of empowerment for wanting to get better. Whether it’s talking to an acquaintance, a loved one, or getting professional help, talking it out can be beneficial. Connect with others and don’t isolate yourself, chances are someone you know is probably feeling the same way.

Just like someone can physically get better after an injury, your mental health can progress after any hardships or trauma you’ve had in your life. Don’t forget to take care of your beautiful self, and start these practices today to improve your mental health.

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