Clear Your Mind

Clear Your Mind
01 July 2019
It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, but what does it really mean?

The mental health influence

There is a strong relationship between the mind and body. Your mental health is directly linked to your physical health. Basically, the thoughts that are looming over your head can impact greatly on what you do or want to achieve. Thoughts help trigger emotions that can encourage you to commit to activities as a source of inspiration, you’ll feel more energised and more physically capable of managing your life’s demands. But, if you’re battling to come to terms with something, or are facing internal conflict, you may find yourself feeling sluggish, uninspired, and demotivated. Therefore, affecting your physical performance at work, in the gym, and at home too.

What is mental health?

Mental health doesn’t only refer to the way your brain operates. Instead, mental health encompasses your cognitive, behavioural, and emotional wellbeing. Very often, the term “mental health” is used to refer to the absence of a mental disorder but that’s not entirely true. You may not be affected by a specific mental disorder, but you may still battle to maintain and take care of your mental health - the World Health Organisation agrees with us here! There are no square boxes around the way you may be feeling about your life, experiencing it, or understanding the events within it. The World Health Organisation defines mental health as:

“...a state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Maintaining your mental health

There are, however, good ways to manage and maintain your mental health, even if you don’t feel there’s anything particularly ‘wrong’. These include:

  • Ensuring you’re physical health is as good as it can be: Eating well, exercising on a regular basis, and getting enough sleep, are the 3 most important principles for maintaining good health.
  • Making time for yourself: While the demands of our jobs and lives may seem manageable, many of us often forget to take care of our own needs first. Although that may be an admirable trait in times of necessity, doing it for too long will eventually take a toll on your physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Discover new things: Feeling demotivated or listless can lead you into a spiral of negativity. If you do feel you might be off-kilter, consider developing new hobbies, or doing something different with your daily routine.
  • Ask for help: Even though you might think there’s nothing ‘wrong’, there’s absolutely no shame in asking for help. Yes, even when you think you may not need it. Chat to a friend, book a therapist appointment, or find a counsellor to talk to. The benefits of seeking out therapeutic assistance speak for themselves, and they are open for anyone to benefit from. Yes, even you!
  • Remember that there’s no shame: Whether you’re feeling good, or not, there’s no shame in seeking out help, or looking for guidance.

LifeDoc Can Help

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