This is a serious matter. It is about you and your family.
You go to Gym, do Yoga, go jogging, eat the good diet. Everything for your physical fitness. But are you equally aware and enthusiastic about your mental health?
WHO defines Mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
A study conducted by the World Health Organization in 2015 shows that one in five Indians may suffer from depression in their lifetime, equivalent to 200 million people.
Due to the stigma associated with mental illness, a lack of awareness, and limited access to professional help, only 10-12% of these sufferers will seek help.
You can secure your mental health by following these practice presented below.
- Express Gratitude:
Express gratitude about what you have, what you have achieved, and how people have helped you.
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” Gilbert K. Chesterton
Yes, happiness is doubled by expressing gratitude. Happiness is necessary for mental health. Do it frequently and double your happiness every time.
- Know Your Strength:
“Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” Helen Keller
Everyone is filled with some unique strength. Acknowledge your strength. Comparing yourself to others is against nature. Nature has by design made everyone different. Feel happy about your uniqueness.
No one is perfect and no one is unwanted. Know your uniqueness and feel happy about it.
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- Help Others:
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” Charles Dickens
This is perhaps the best way to feel happy. Everyone irrespective of their financial, physical and emotional status has a power to help others.
Find opportunity even if little bit and help others. This will influence your mental health positively.
- Do Some Creative Work:
Engaging yourself in some creative work like painting, writing, dancing, music, photography etc. takes you to a different world. Enjoy your new world.
Immerse in this new happy world with the work you like.
- Plan a Trip:
This is an exciting activity. Planning a trip is planning for anticipated happiness. That will make you happy even before your trip starts.
A mental problem sucks the happiness from your life. Engaging in things which make you happy have the power to reverse mental illness.
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- Share Your Views on Social Media:
Expressing self is a very important need. People many times may not get time and chance to do it. Social media is a boon for this. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are successful as they cater to the need for sharing of the people.
Express yourself on social media. This will release your mental anxiety.
- Watch Comedy Movies:
“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” Bill Cosby
Imagine you as a child age 10. What kind of movies and cartoon films you would enjoy? Enjoy it now.
Is it possible to remain depressed watching a Charlie Chaplin movie? Never.
No matter what Tom & Jerry cartoons have the power to change anyone’s mental status.
Enjoy what you like. Aging is not about ignoring your childhood.
- Write Daily Diary:
“I always say, keep a diary and someday it’ll keep you.” Mae West
This practice will allow you to express yourself. Daily expressing yourself on paper, will make you feel happy. Many great people have cherished this interesting habit. You too can join the list of greats.
- Practice Forgiveness:
“When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.” Bernard Meltzer
If you have a grudge in your heart, shed it immediately. This is an instant happiness formula.
Keeping a grudge in the heart makes you disturbed and unhappy. If someone has hurt you limit your hurt by not prolonging the grudge.
Forgiving is important to your happiness and mental balance.
Grudges keep us constantly unhappy and depressed and it damages our mental health.
- Walk In Nature/Market:
Yes, strolling in the local market or nearby park can boost your mood. With nature and in the happening place make us feel good.
Just enjoy your walk. Observe things without any judgement.
- Try New ThingsLearning new things alter our mental status. Our mind gets engaged in the new things. More than the routine things.
Learning can boost self-confidence and self-esteem, help build a sense of purpose, and help us connect with others.
Research suggests People who carry on learning after childhood report higher wellbeing and a greater ability to cope with stress. They also report more feelings of self-esteem, hope, and purpose.
Practice these and enjoy your life. Regular practice is good for your mental health. It is an insurance of your mental health.
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