How to Achieve Mental Wellness
“Wellness” is a broad term, interpreted differently by various groups and people, but it encompasses the idea of possessing or working towards overall health – on a mental, physical, and emotional scale. May just so happens to be Mental Health Month, so here we will discuss the importance of taking care of your mind in addition to your body.
Most of us go to the doctor on occasion simply for a check up, to make sure our bodies are functioning as they should be. Similarly, taking stock of your mental health every few months can be an asset to your overall lifestyle. So how do you take a look at a your mental wellbeing? The first thing to do is to commit to honesty. Once you have done this, evaluate your mental state of being. Ask yourself, have I been dealing with excessive amounts of stress lately? Have I been relying on unhealthy habits? Where do I stand emotionally? Getting in touch with oneself in this way can be eye opening, and can be the catalyst needed to get on the right track.
Working Towards Wellness
After taking stock of where you stand mentally, you can take the information you gathered and begin to work towards achieving wellness. It is important not to negate the simple pieces to the wellness puzzle. Things like getting enough sleep, eating right for your body, engaging socially, exercising, and building confidence are all great moves to make. In addition, reaching out to others and voicing your thoughts and feelings is helpful.
Maintaining the Balance
When you make a change and are on the path to mental wellness, it is crucial that you consider your lifestyle as a whole. Maintaining balance in every facet of life will not only help you mentally, it will also help you physically, emotionally, and relationally. Build positive habits. Develop a routine that incorporates healthy living and exercise with work responsibilities and time with family. And remember not to overwhelm yourself with trying to do everything right. You are an individual. Your journey to wellness is different than your neighbor’s, coworker’s, or cousin’s. Just keep balance at the core of your goals, and you will be on your way to wellness.
*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*
Story Credit: Wellness is focus for Mental Health Month in May by Plainsman Staff