Mental health is something we cannot see or touch, and it is very clear that there is a great deal we still have to learn about how it works, but there is no denying that it is an essential part of our every day lives. Our personal level of mental health determines a great deal of how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. In good mental health, the world is full of opportunities and positivity. In poor mental health, we feel like we are trapped in a prison. Not only that, but mental health and physical health have been found to have an incredible impact on one another. It is very important to our general health and wellness that we care for our mental health the way we care for our physical health. So how does a person care for the part of themselves that is invisible?
- One of the first steps is to engage in positive self talk. Many of the reasons for negative self talk can be traced to a person’s past, which should be uncovered with a counselor, but even before that comes about, it is very important for a person to learn to speak to themselves kindly and be able to forgive, nurture and encourage themselves.
- Stress management is a very important aspect to good mental health. Stress will always arise in life. There is no avoiding it or outsmarting it. Everyone has to learn to manage stress in their own way, but for some, this is a skill that has to be learned over time.rather than something that comes naturally. Proper stress management requires practice, diligence and perspective in order to navigate.
- Good decision making is another key ingredient to good mental health. This is another thought pattern that can be considered more of an acquired good habit, because most adults have to continuously work at good decision making rather than just naturally possessing it.