If someone falls and breaks a bone, you would immediately rush them to the hospital to get treatment. No one would tell them to walk it off or try not to think about it, or it’s not a big deal.
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If we care so much about our physical health, why are we not doing the same when it comes to our mental health?
Allowing room in our lives for self-care, relaxation, self-forgiveness and understanding the means that you can avoid the mental burnout that comes with life stressors is never selfish. In fact, we actually need it!
According to O’Connor Professional Group, It’s important to remember to take care of your mind just as much as you would take care of your body, and it’s not as hard to do as you might think.
Here are some simple things to look at to make sure you are staying on top of your mental health needs!
#1 Be aware of your inner-voice, is it working for you or against you?
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One of the best and most important ways to take care of your mental health is to reconsider the way you talk to yourself.
Everyone has a voice in their head with which they converse, and you are talking to yourself nearly all the time. Unfortunately, that voice can be negative, and when that is the case, it has a very harmful effect on mental health.
By merely noticing that little voice and changing its words to those of positivity and support, you can take a massive leap towards improving your mental health.
#2 Being okay with not being okay…
Another way to work towards improving your mental health is to understand that it’s okay not to be okay.
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Especially today it’s all too easy to shove any negative thoughts and feelings to the back of your mind and try to distract yourself and not think about them. It’s okay to be upset or sad or anxious, and it’s okay to talk about it. No one expects you to be perfectly happy all the time; it’s completely unrealistic to think that is even possible.
#3 Make time for self-care and hold yourself to it
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The importance of making time and engaging in self-care activities cannot be understated.
We need to take care of ourselves if we want to be able to succeed. Self-care is instrumental in making sure we are prioritizing our mental health. Self-care is different for everybody. What might work great for someone is not necessarily the best option for you.
Find an activity, exercise, or game that you enjoy and that makes you feel good. Hopefully, something that provides you with some relaxation and allows you to quiet your mind.
For most of us, taking care of ourselves means taking care of our body: eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep.
So many people suffer poor mental health, yet we tend to forget about that when we think about taking care of ourselves, and it's time for that to change.
Remember to care for yourself, and love yourself. Stay safe, stay healthy, guys!
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat