“Mens sana in corpore sano” (Latin quotation) , derived from the aphorism, the saying of the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Thales revealed us from ancient times how important is to take care of our general mental health.
Nowadays, when most of the stressors are psychological, it is weird how the majority of people are aware of the importance of taking care of their physical health by exercising and eating a sensible diet…but only a few are aware of the importance of mental health.
Most of us don’t stop thinking about the other side that completes a happy, fulfilled, healthy individual, their “mental health”.
Here are some easy tips to stay mentally healthy:
1. Let your inner child out: do you remember how much simpler life was when you were a child?
Go back to your childhood for a short while. Do something you used to enjoy doing as a child, this could be anything from roller skating, lying on your back and finding shapes in the clouds, making a daisy chain or playing on a swing.
2.Take time out! – refresh your body and mind by giving yourself some space, some time just for you, this could be as little as five minutes where you find peace and solitude by closing your eyes and deep breathing. The longer you can take time out from your busy day just for yourself, the better.
3. Relax in fantasy: take time out to go out of your world and into another, this could be by way of a book, magazine or film. Or better yet visualization; go into your own fantasy world, created by your own mind. I use to daydreaming a lot while I’m walking, is my favorite moment of the day. I create my own world then, with fantastic characters, special powers and possibilities. Try it, it’s worthy!
4. Comfort yourself: we all have something that comforts us in times when we need it, something that make us feel safe and secure. Take time out to comfort yourself every now and again.
This could be sitting in front of a roaring fire and watching the flames dance, drawing, dancing, watching the stars in the sky, relaxing in a hot bubble bath surrounded by candlelight, snuggling up in a favorite blanket or a particular smell that relaxes you.
5.Treat yourself to a mental health day: treat yourself to a WHOLE DAY of just doing whatever it is you enjoy doing, don’t do any work or even think or feel guilty about what you should be doing. Just make the day all about you.
6. Connect with nature: reconnect with the world around you by taking a long walk through the park, notice how green the grass is and how blue the sky and marvel at the weird and wonderful shapes of the clouds drifting over the sky.
7. Do something you keep putting off: take time out to do something you’ve been meaning to do for a long time. Don’t keep putting it off, make today the day to do it! If you’d like some tips or to join our next workshop about procrastination, check this link : https://evisioncoaching.wordpress.com/evenimente/
These are just some of the ways that you can improve your “overall health” by taking care of your mental health.
Just open your mind and be more aware of your body and mind and you will discover many other ways to take care of your mental health which ultimately leads to a happier and healthier you, overall.
Ultimately, if you’d like to contribute more to your general mental health and also to the others, check this out (students only):
Open Your Mind, the mental health project from NUS-USI (National Union of Students – Union of Students in Ireland), is running a survey to identify the issues affecting students’ mental health, and to look at how student support can be improved. The survey will take about 7 minutes to complete. Students that take part will be entered into a draw for an iPad Mini and 2 x £100 Amazon Vouchers. The deadline is Wednesday 13th March 2013. Please help us improve the support available to students! Click here to take part: http://bit.ly/oymsurvey.
Thank you for your support and commitment to a healthier, happier life and good luck!