What is Mental Health?
Mental Health cannot be strictly put down to one definition. This is because it contains a huge variety of what is included inside. But we do know that Mental Health is the way we measure how our mind is coping with the environment around us. It is the way we can determine how we can cope with our mind as it is known to be able to put us in grave danger.
Are you worried about your Mental Health?
Why am I so anxious? Why do I feel so ill? Am I depressed?
These are questions that we ask ourselves when we know that something isn’t right in our minds. Asking all of these questions is the way that we can determine if we are coping with the way our mental health is either growing or deterioration. The fact that we are questioning our mind could suggest that we are struggling with our mental health.
There are plenty of ways you can help yourself to feel better in a time where you don’t feel too good about yourself. Take a look at these simple yet effective ways of managing your mental Health:
Connecting with people
Socialising is one of the best ways to help yourself feel better. Spending time with those that mean a lot to you means that you are able to understand what it is like to be happy. A good network of friends and family that can help you through the good and bad are effective at helping you work your way through the difficulties. The fact that you are able to socialise at the same time clearly shows that you are able to find a way to cope.
Meeting new people and starting new friendships could also be a fantastic way of dealing with a difficult time. Perhaps befriending someone who in society is seen to be different could help you to understand that you’re not alone and show you that you are able to help someone else as well as yourself.
I know that it’s obvious but, exercise is great for the mind. It is an amazing way to make yourself ‘feel good.’ Feeling good is the best feeling when you’ve not been feeling the best over the past few days and exercise is one of the greatest ways to make the mind and body feel good and relaxed.
When you exercise, your body is having to pump blood around the body quicker than normal. With this, adrenaline is also released to give you the sense of excitement. When the blood is pumping quicker, you can think of it as the blood is what is cleaning your body of all of the negativity that it could be facing at this moment in time.
Another amazing way to help your mind is to help it yourself. When you call someone or talk to someone else about how you are feeling it is quite easy to think that you are bothering them and making them feel as if they have to listen to you because you aren’t in the best state. Believe me, I have been there and it is not a nice feeling.
This simple breathing technique is so efficient for busting stress. When you breathe effectively, your body is able to shift from ‘fight or flight’ straight to a relaxed state.
The square breathing exercise is a fantastic way to encourage your body not to enter ‘fight or flight’ mode. The square breathing exercise has four steps (like a square has four sides!)
- Inhale for 4 seconds
- Hold for 4 seconds
- Exhale for 6 seconds
- Hold for 2 seconds
This has been proven to be effective to help you make your way through that horrible stressed time to allow your body to regain its calm state.
Another good way is to force yourself to motivate yourself. This means that your body is able to get up and go because you have given it no choice. Feel free to refer back to my ‘I’m lacking in self-motivation‘ blog post in order to find out how this can help you.
The Samaritans are a UK based charity who specialise in helping those who are worried about suicide. This does not mean that you have to be suicidal in order to contact them. They are very good at helping those who just need a little boost with their mental health. If you feel negative in any way or you are having concerning thoughts, please do not hesitate to contact them on 116 123. Or visit their website at The Samaritans.