There’s something a lot of people don’t realize when it comes to having a focus on health and that is the mental part of being healthy. Just like physical exercise strengthens your body, taking care of your mental health strengthens your mind.
Health Hacks Week Two
Mental health is the practice of making sure that your emotional and psychological needs are met. You need to address this side of your life in order to have complete health.
No one questions that life can be difficult.
One grade schooler told me:
From the time I get my feet on the floor in the morning, I know I’m not going to get through ball practice without facing challenges.
His sister agreed and added this statement:
Sometimes my mom spills coffee on her shirt just as she’s about to leave for work.
Spilling coffee on your shirt is an irritant. Getting cut off in traffic is also one. Then arriving at work late to find the boss already hovering by your desk is another.
Taken separately, these issues can be considered minor. The problem occurs when you deal with multiple irritants day in and day out. Because what happens is that these things have a way of being at the back of your mind like a pot waiting to boil over and cause a mess.
When people get angry, it’s usually not one thing that causes that anger to rise. It’s something that has built over time. This can be a series of irritants, it can be unresolved tensions, grief, anxiety or fears.
What it takes to accomplish this is to make sure you take care of your mental health not letting things accumulate. Deal with each issue as it arises. And if it’s something that can’t be resolved, then you must make peace with it.
An example of that is a coworker or family member who really gets under your skin. Since this person might be part of your life for the long term, you’ll have to make peace with whoever they are and whatever it is they do.
This need might be met in various ways. You may choose to use helps such as having a daily mantra or a Bible verse they recite that helps to keep them calm and focused. Other people will practice a form of exercise like yoga that helps them to relax and find their center. I’m a fan of tapping, which I learned from The 2017 World Tapping Summit.
Having something that you can turn to for inner strength is helpful for all areas of your life. If you’re someone who struggles with emotional upsets such as anxiety or depression, then addressing it can improve your mental health.
Anxiety can be caused by many reasons. You might feel anxious about a home or work situation. You might have anxiety because you worry about the future. Whatever the reason, anxiety can rob you of your peace of mind.
Choosing to address your anxiety can help you achieve mental and physical health because emotions do impact our bodies. Depression can affect our mental health.
There are two types of depression that people struggle with. One is situational depression and almost everyone has experienced this. This type of depression isn’t long term.
It can occur following a breakup, a move, a job loss or due to a stressful situation. You can feel afraid, grief-stricken or a sense of hopelessness. Situational depression should be addressed because if it’s not, it does have the potential to turn into long term depression.
Long term depression is often referred to as chronic depression. This type of depression has been linked to chemical changes within the brain. Getting treatment is imperative so that you can manage the condition.
Go over a checklist of symptoms to see if you recognize any of these as being present in your life. You’re experiencing feelings of helplessness, like you can’t change your situation or you can’t pull yourself out of what you’ve thought was a funk.
You don’t want to go out with your friends and you don’t want to engage in any of the things that you once found enjoyable. You would prefer to stay home and feel as if you want to shut out the world.
Fatigue seems to be something that you’re battling all the time. Getting up fills you with dread and as soon as you wake up, you feel a heaviness in your emotions.
You might be experiencing feelings of wanting to sleep all the time – or of being unable to sleep because you have insomnia. You find that you’re eating just to eat or that you’re unable to eat much at all.
You’re either gaining weight or losing it. The thoughts that you think about are negative and even when you try to think positive, the negative thoughts take over.
You feel anxious, angry or fearful. You’re looking for ways to numb the pain by checking out with alcohol, drugs or actions that aren’t your normal behavior. All of the mental health issues you experience, no matter how small, can be changed with simple tweaks to your routine.
In week two, work on adding stress relief little by little until you find what helps calm you down and lift you up. It could be aromatherapy, relaxation or guided Tapping on CDs, massages, or avoiding people or things that wear you down.
This is the week where you’ll be adding stress relief on to the existing exercise regimen you’ve developed starting in Week One. You should start feeling better already, but let’s add a third level of personal improvement.
In Week Three of your 4-Part Simple Improvement Health Hacks you’ll discover about nutrition.
Marlene Hibbard is not a medical adviser. The content of the blog is intended for information only. Content is from medical advisors who believe in natural prevention and cures. Hibbard includes resources of these professionals in each blog. Readers may also click on the word RESOURCES below the banner. Some advice comes from Hibbard’s personal experience. This site is not intended to be a substitute for getting professional help but encourages readers to seek professional help.