You enjoy good mental health when you are able to realize your own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, and work productively to make a contribution to your community (World Health Organization). These ten tips will help you to promote your mental well-being and enjoy your life.
Promote your physical health. Since there is a link between your physical and mental health pay attention to your physical health. This means making time for activities that you enjoy, such as walking, cycling, or biking, to get the exercise you need. You also need proper rest and sleep to revive you after the day’s activities. Similarly, get adequate nutrition and avoid substance abuse.
Build your self-esteem. The picture you have of yourself will affect your mental health. Be sure to identify your strengths and your abilities and see your challenges as opportunities to develop areas of your life. When you have a high self-esteem you are more resilient, and less likely to allow anxiety to erode your mental well-being.
Improve your communication. Slow down your fast paced lifestyle and find time for conversation. Take time to actively listen to what others are saying so you can build connections. In the same way, share your feelings and needs with people who will listen and understand you.
Promote self-awareness. It is important that you are aware of your own thoughts and feelings. When you know your own needs, thoughts, and feelings, you are better able to notice signs of tensions that could affect your mental health, then you can deal with them.
Resist self-defeating thoughts. What you think affects how you feel and act. So you need to identify negative thought patterns that promote helplessness. Instead try to express positive self-talk that promotes your empowerment and self-acceptance.
Connect with others. Even if you have a busy lifestyle, make relationships a priority. Spend time in to develop relationships in your family, and with your friends and colleagues. This promotes a sense of belonging and connectedness, so you don’t feel you are alone and this enhances your mental well being
Improve problem solving skills. The way you solve immediate problems will determine how you deal with life’s challenges and achieve your goals. So set priorities and develop specific strategies to deal effectively with the choices you have to make each day. This could improve your mental well-being.
Reduce stress. When you reduce stress in your life, this has a positive effect on your mental well-being. Start by identifying stressors in your life. Then implement strategies to cut down on the things that cause stress, for example, managing your time better. Besides, practice relaxation techniques, such as, breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation.
Lend a helping hand. As you help others you feel a sense of satisfaction that encourages you and builds your confidence. Why not volunteer and get involved in your community? Working with others in your neighborhood, to achieve a common purpose, could strengthen ties, and give you a sense of purpose in life.
Expand your horizons. To improve your mental well-being, strive to become involved in activities that bring new meaning to your life. This means participating in activities that help you to grow as an individual, intellectually and spiritually. Take some time to read inspirational books, and also build your knowledge and skills in areas that match your interests and value.