5 Things to Give Up For Your Mental Health
By Alexis Mills
As a firm believer that mental health is just as important as physical health, the five tips below, incorporated into your life, will help your mental health. Our thoughts create our reality and by implementing better thoughts overall will give you a better life. While many of the below practices take more than mental capacity, the ways in which we think have the biggest effect on what our actions are.
- Trying to please everyone - Taking into account what everyone thinks about what you do and making your decisions to please others instead of yourself will eventually make your life look like what others want instead of what you truly want. Trying to be what other people want is both mentally and physically draining. Don't say yes when what you are really thinking is no. You will never make everyone happy, so you might as well do what you want.
- Living in the past - While analyzing the past and learning from it is a healthy pattern; our experiences are meant to be life lessons not re-lived. Attempting to recreate the past will keep you from moving forward in the present. Don't rob yourself from living in the present. Try starting a gratitude journal to keep your mind focused on what you are grateful for in the present.
- Putting yourself down - When you are feeding yourself negative self-talk you are also ruining your self-confidence. Whether you are saying it out loud or repeating it in your mind, it has the same effect. Stop being your worst critic and realize you and your thoughts are your biggest asset.
- Overthinking - Believe me, I know I am guilty of overthinking many things in my life. My mind is always focused on the details and constantly observing my surrounding. Though these qualities can be a strength of mine, it can also be a downfall by easily getting caught up in overthinking the trivial things. Thinking of every possibility or overthinking the decisions you made keep you from the present moment and being confident in the choices you make.
- Fearing change - Change is how we grow. Change is painful, different and uncomfortable, but it's also exciting. While comfortability is just that, comfortable, it does not cultivate anything new. Fear of the unknown is something everyone has dealt with, but once you get comfortable with change you realize how capable you are.
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