More and more people are starting to worry about their mental health – and that’s a good thing! Our health expert Sabrina Wolf will explain to you how you can stay mentally healthy even in exceptional situations.
The importance of health has become increasingly clear in recent years and many have taken measures to promote their own health. Most of the time, however, when it comes to health, people talk about physical health and not mental health. Mental health is also a component of the overall health of us humans and should be promoted accordingly if it is a matter of staying healthy!
With Marians Welt Inside you will find out how you can strengthen your mental health!
Exceptional situations in life
There are always exceptional situations in life, not just in times of the corona pandemic. Of course, the whole world is still in an exceptional situation that we still have to grapple with.
But also in general it is completely normal that not everything in life goes according to plan. There are highs and lows in life. You don’t have to be good in every phase of life or you don’t have to be in a good mood all the time. But you can promote your mental health in these moments – and also strengthen it further in phases of climax.
Promote and strengthen mental health
Mental health is so much more than “just” the absence of mental illness. Mental health also includes a person’s wellbeing and satisfaction. Promoting it and becoming mentally stronger is a training process and anyone can tackle it.
In the following I have compiled my best tips for you to promote and strengthen your mental health:
Come to rest
In your everyday life, take moments again and again in which you can relax. Incorporate regular breaks throughout the day and consciously take these breaks just for yourself. Try to do activities that are good for you and that make you feel calm. This can be, for example, a walk in nature or a relaxing bath. There are also many relaxation exercises, such as yoga, autogenic training, fantasy journeys or progressive muscle relaxation, which let you relax even more deeply in a systematic way.
Mindfulness means being aware of the here and now. Train your mindfulness with exercises by coming back to the here and now again and again. Simple mindfulness exercises are e.g. B. the focus on your breathing or a body travel. The more mindful you become, the more you will perceive how you are actually doing and you will not only become more focused but also more relaxed. Through improved mindfulness, you will understand your body’s signals when it longs for a break or has another desire.
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Take care of yourself
Good self-care is good care for yourself. Your own needs are often drowned in hectic everyday life. Maybe sometimes you catch yourself that it’s about everyone but you. It can be part of your mindfulness practice to ask yourself several times a day: How am I doing and what needs do I have? In this way you will learn to listen to yourself and your body again! You are the person you have to spend your whole life with and for that reason alone it is worth taking care of yourself.
School your gratitude
By training gratitude, you will direct your focus on the positive things in your life. Every morning or evening, write down at least one thing that you are grateful for that day – that should be a different thing each day. You may find this difficult at first, but you will notice how it gets easier over time. Focusing on the positive things in your life strengthens your mental health at the same time!
Give your feelings space
Feelings and thoughts belong to us humans and distinguish us. Both feelings and thoughts can be positive or negative, and they come and go. We feel some feelings more strongly than others and some thoughts linger longer than others. There are also feelings or thoughts that trigger reactions in us. Try to give space to your feelings and not to suppress them. You can allow your feelings and perceive them. Perhaps this perception of the feelings also helps you to develop the following reaction. Meditation can help you perceive your feelings and thoughts – without evaluating them. This is how you can learn to deal with them better.
There are two types of people: if you leave them after a meeting or a conversation, one feels uplifted and good, while the other makes you feel less good. There are people who pull your mood up and people who pull your mood down. Which people are you mostly around? Try to bring people into your life who will give you energy and strengthen these relationships. Relationships with people who rob you of energy, on the other hand, should be avoided or at least not strengthened or deepened.
You can accept help
If we have physical complaints such as a broken leg or back pain, it is completely normal in our society to see a doctor. But how do we behave when we are not doing well on a mental level? Unfortunately, it is not yet socially the rule to go to a psychologist if you have psychological problems. It should no longer be a taboo to seek professional help, regardless of the health area. Often you can talk better to an outside person and they can give different impulses than people involved. In addition, psychologists are trained to support you on your way in crisis situations and have many options and tools at hand. So if you come into a life situation or crisis in which you can no longer find out what to do on your own, don’t be afraid to seek professional help and receive it.