One of the most neglected part of our health is our mental state. This is often because we do not see it. We just think, ‘Yea, there is something down there. We should look at mental health the same way we look at physical health, or spiritual health. It starts with understanding where you are.

When our mental health is compromised, our entire life begins to gradually undergo a overhaul. The excitement of LIVING even exits the door and we are left to just get by. After all, there ‘s nothing juicy about this thing called life anymore.

Mental health issues span across panic attack, paranoia, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), postnatal depression and more.

In view of our changing society and occurrences that we are not disposed to deal with, there will be shift in how our mind processes things. However, it’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. Here are practical ways to look after your mental health:

Don’t hide it in a bottle 

Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.

Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.

Talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone. And it works both ways. If you open up, it might encourage others to do the same.

It’s not always easy to describe how you’re feeling. If you can’t think of one word, use lots. What does it feel like inside your head? What does it make you feel like doing?

Keep communication open 

It may be hard at first but keep trying.

Strong family ties and supportive friends can help you deal with the stresses of life. Friends and family can make you feel included and cared for. They can offer different views from whatever’s going on inside your own head. They can help keep you active, keep you grounded and help you solve practical problems.

There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face-to-face. But that’s not always possible. Give them a call, drop them a note or chat to them online instead. Keep the lines of communication open. It’s good for you!

Go for what sets your heart on fire 

What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past?

Enjoying yourself helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.

Concentrating on a hobby like gardening or the crossword can help you forget your worries for a while and change your mood.

Reach out 

None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. You can as well

  • join a support group to help you make changes to your life
  • find a counsellor to help you deal with your feelings or make a fresh start

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