As we prepare to celebrate the World Mental Health Day today - 10th of October, it is a timely reminder to look after our mental health in addition to our physical well being.
A research study performed by The Australian Health Policy Collaboration at Victoria University revealed that more than four million Australians are living with mental health conditions which include anxiety, depression and in some instances psychotic disorders.
These alarming statistics have put forth the need to address mental health along with physical health. While it is vital to seek professional support and treatment to look after your mental health, it is also recommended to take steps to improve your mental health on your own.
What Does Good Mental Health mean?
Mental health is related to our overall psychological well-being. Good mental health refers to a person’s ability to manage a range of positive and negative emotions along with the ability to form and maintain good relationships.
People who have good mental health have the following traits:
- They take care of their mental health along with physical health
- They have a zest for living, have fun, and laugh often
- They can effectively deal with stress and bounce back positively
- They are flexible and quickly adapt to change
- They know the art of balancing their emotions, relationships, and life
- They have a strong sense of self-worth and self-confidence
Boosting Your Mental Health
We need to understand the fact that over a lifetime, most of us will suffer from mental or emotional health problems. Here are the five simple ways you can bring positive change to boost your mental health:
1# Stop Negative Self-Talk
Did you know that "self-talk" has a direct effect on your thoughts and behaviour?
Your thoughts are the main source of your emotions and mood. They influence how you feel about yourself and how you respond to different events in your life. Self- talk becomes negative and when it is used to reinforce some irrational ideas that you have. Try and become aware of negative self-talk and replace this with positive affirmations. You should start talking to yourself like how you would talk to your friend. When talking to self, use the words that promote feelings of self-worth and acceptance.
2# Do Exercise
A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has shown that exercise can help combat mild depression. Exercise is a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety, and depression as your body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins. Look for small ways to do some activity on a daily basis. Activities such as walking, yoga, swimming, cycling, and dancing can lift your mood and improve your mental well-being.
3# Balanced Diet
Diet has been linked to mental health. A diet that provides adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and water is necessary for our physical and emotional wellbeing. Good quality diets are consistently associated with reduced risk of depression, while unhealthy diets such as high intake of processed foods are associated with increased risk of depression.
4# Take a Break and Meditate
Take some time off from your work and de-clutter your mind by doing meditation. Meditation allows you to connect to your inner self and induce a state of deep relaxation. A relaxed mind is more aware and creative. When you are aware and present ‘in the moment’, your response to the outer challenges will be more constructive resulting in greater emotional resilience as well as less psychological distress and anxiety.
5# Laugh and Smile More
As they say, laughter is the best medicine, and it truly is. Laughing releases endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals of the body. The feeling remains with you even after the laughter subsides and helps in releasing the stress. As a result, laughing reduces stress, anxiety and strengthens your social relations and improves your mental health. Humour helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations.
So, stop worrying about getting wrinkles and start laughing more!
Transformation doesn’t just happen. It takes a plan and a support system, and if you are concerned about your mental health you should seek assistance from a medical/ community services professional.
If you are interested in a career as a mental health support worker, then Enable College is here to provide you with an accredited training program. We offer the Certificate IV in Mental Health which is a nationally recognised qualification. This course of study aims to give students the knowledge, skills, and values required to work as a Mental Health Support Worker. The course invites students to explore topics such as mental health recovery, rehabilitation, and collaborative support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability.
If you want to bring a positive change in the life of others, then consider joining the course. Find information and details about the course via this link.
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