Self-Care Pillar 2: Mental Health, Self-Awareness & Intention
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Just because we don't have a mental illness doesn't mean we're mentally healthy.
Using our emotional abilities and strengths to their maximum potential to thrive in our lives, takes a lot of focused attention and intention, willingness and self-awareness.
Just because I'm not sick doesn't mean my physical state is as great as it could potentially be.
I must take deliberate actions if I want my body to be at its' peak.
I intentionally eat nourishing food that fuels me and I also try to stay active because moving my body feels good.
Same goes with mental health.
So how do we do that?
First we have to recognize the fact that lack of mental illness doesn't equate the presence of mental health. Those are two very different things.
Positive Psychology was created exactly on this principle.
Our cultural backgrounds have stigmatized mental illness but that is all changing now for the better.
Self-awareness is an important tool to have when trying to identify what you need.
For years I didn't even know I HAD anxiety, what that meant or how it affected me.
Once I started paying attention to how my body reacts (through mindfulness) I became increasingly aware of the fact that I was living in a constant state of stress.
I did some research and found out that "Oh...this is what anxiety is...I had no idea." (Also, it's more normal than not.)
I manage my anxiety by doing daily meditation, going for walks and reducing my sugar and caffeine intake, especially during the times I get really anxious. This combination has worked well for me.
So I deliberately incorporated routines that helped me manage it.
This wasn't easy for me to get to. Its taken months of intentional action, failed attempts, support from loved ones and consistent practice.
Know that you're not alone if you're struggling with any of this.
Here are 9 things you can do today that'll boost your mental health.
Q: Have you struggled with any emotional or mental health issues and how have you managed?
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More about Self-Care Pillar 2 right here
National Institution of Mental Health