Approaching your day by being thankful is something we always hear about but rarely apply. It’s such an easy tweak to your mindset but gets lost in your daily stressors and struggles. By being thankful more often, you will notice your mental health improving. But you may ask, why be thankful when I have so many bad things happening to me? And I’ll reply, maybe these “bad things” are happening so you can be more thankful for what you do have in the first place! Life is not always smooth-sailing; the downs that follow the ups are necessary to build up your character and increase your wisdom, but the process does become smoother when you are consistently thankful for what you have.
Many of us experience fatigue at the start of the week but feel great on the weekends. This mental fatigue is likely related to burnout at work. Counteracting burnout involves instilling a consistently positive mindset every day and making the most of what you have. You’re more likely to experience burnout when you’re not consistently being thankful for what you have. When you focus on the negatives in your life without appreciating the positives, work becomes more mundane, stressful and exhausting, increasing your chances of experiencing fatigue on Monday mornings and an eventual burnout.
Many of us underestimate the power and benefits of a good night’s sleep. Consistently going to sleep around 9-10pm will help your mood, concentration and memory. Establishing an excellent sleep hygiene will pay off in the short and long run! But realistically speaking, we are too distracted by technology, social media, Netflix and cell phones. If you learn to become disciplined by cutting out technology at 9-10pm and training your mind to fall asleep, you will start to notice positive changes in your mental health!
Some of us never felt isolated prior to the pandemic while many of us became even more isolated during the pandemic. Either way, isolation is a breeding ground for mental illness. Three ways of dealing with it include going outside, socializing and exercising. While it may seem obvious, you’d be surprised at how many people avoid taking advantage of being outdoors, socializing more in person or exercising to improve their physical and mental health.
We all make the mistake to assume that others are happier than us just because they’re doing activities that sound fun. This can be a recipe for disaster regarding your mental health if you’re constantly putting yourself down while believing that others are living the life.
Be very careful with folks on social media spreading information on psychiatric medications. Many times, this information is false and not accurate. Always seek professional advice from your doctor.
When someone’s behavior changes towards you, sometimes you end up ruminating over it to the point of affecting your mental health.
Chapter 1: Creating
You’re given a brain that is blessed with a mind. This mind gives you the ability to experience reality, mental health, perception, emotions, thought content, relationships, etc. This mind gives you the ability to create, though you never thought about doing that before, have you?
Many of us rely on our environment to create our reality; sometimes our mental health too! We rely on others to provide us with happiness, joy and contentment, when we should be providing this for ourselves.
What is the solution? Writing the rules. Waking up tomorrow and deciding that you will start taking things in your own hands. Waking up tomorrow and crying your tears out, realizing how much power you truly hold.
You disconnecting from your environment which is most likely half asleep and living in a trance like sheep in a pen. Aren’t you ready to evolve beyond this? Aren’t you ready to create and design your reality so that you can avoid mental health suffering?
I am ready. Care to join?
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Imagine a world where mental health does not exist; let’s call it Planet 0. There is no recognition of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, tic disorders, drug addiction, etc. If you suffer from such a disorder of the mind, you are simply considered “weird,” “abnormal,” “strange” or “other-worldly.” In this world, if you have a mental illness, you are ostracized from society; find your way back home because you are not getting into this circle!
People who commit suicide are viewed as weak; “he would have never made it anyways” is the mentality. Drug addicts are considered the scum of the earth on Planet 0; suffering or even worse, dying, is celebrated by the masses. Psychotic people are one of the most feared and despised; governments all around the world are seriously considering passing a law to allow citizens to shoot at a psychotic person if they feel threatened.
Essentially, humanity on Planet 0 does not want to have anything to do with mental health; it never was and it never will be. If you are feeling down, your family warns you to get yourself together. If you are feeling anxious, your friends start to lose interest. If you are feeling insecure, your significant other is expected to leave you. If you are hallucinating, society no longer knows of you. Psychiatric medications are for lab rats; if you’re even heard of having some in your kitchen, your landlord has a right by law to evict you if he or she pleases.
Why do we talk about mental health?
So we can avoid experiencing any sort of stigma that slightly touches or resembles Planet 0.
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