Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health awareness month is the month of May. Staying mentally fit is as important as staying physically fit. Most people look after their physical fitness but ignore their mental fitness. Maintaining mental fitness means looking after your mental and emotional health. Like your body, your mind also has certain requirements and you need to fulfill those. Today, when almost people have a hectic schedule and face new challenges and stresses every day, staying mentally fit has become all the more important in order to face these effectively. Looking after your mental health helps you think better, process information better, learn faster, have a good memory, and feel positive and good about yourself. Below are 11 tips for staying healthy in no particular order.
- Share your interests
- Connect with Others
- Reward yourself
- Get proper sleep
- Learn to be positive
- Accept rather than resist change
- Healthy Eating
There are indeed many factors and contributors of mental health. Proper nutrition is a major part of a person’s ability to process the every day stresses. Once the body has the nutrients required to be functioning properly a person can then focus on the areas of life that contribute to mental health. Start with focusing within your circle of influence. we often worry and think about much more than what we have control over. This leads us to stress out in a reactive way that leaves us unproductive. Rather, you are encouraged to inventory what you do have influence over in your life and narrow the focus there.
To illustrate this point, take a piece of paper and draw two concentric circles (the end result will look like a doughnut with a large circle and a smaller one in the center). In the biggest circle write the words “My Circle of Concern.” In the smaller, middle circle, write “My Circle of Influence.”
Next, take a moment to write all the concerns or worries you have on your mind in the appropriate circle. For example, if you are worried about your boss’ slightly negative feedback, that would go inside the Circle of Concern. You cannot change your boss’ demeanor, nor can you force her to act in a certain way. So though this may deeply concern you, it also does not need to be where your focus lies.