Improving Mental Health | Happier Life & Greater Wellness
Good mental health is crucial for a happy life and wellness, but what is mental health and how can you improve it to achieve a happier life and greater wellness?
Your mental health impacts your feelings, cognitive abilities and actions. In addition to how you deal with stress, relationships and decision-making. Most importantly, your psychological, emotional and social well being have an important role for your mental health.
Why do we need to improve our mental health?
A positive mental health is achieved when you attempt to improve your mental health. When you achieve a positive mental health, you are able to reach your full potential, deal with stress of life, and work efficiently. In fact, improving your mental health might lead to a happier life and greater wellness.
A study investigated whether there is an association between happiness behaviours and mental health. The findings revealed that an increase in positive mental health caused increased happiness, whereas a decrease of mental health leads to decrease of happiness, respectively.
How to improve your mental health
There are various ways to improve and maintain positive mental health.
- Connect with family and friends: Challenge yourself to be more social when you can. Start small by spending time with people close to you that make you feel understood and valued. Being around people with positive energy can enhance your self-esteem and help you feel more connected to others. It can also give you the opportunity to improve your relationships with others and stretch your comfort zones!
- Volunteer work: Volunteering at your local charities and community will allow you to meet new people and use your skills. Helping other individuals can make you feel motivated and positive. In addition to making meaningful contributions to communities.
Mindfulness is described as set of different exercises to work out your “mental muscles”. Nevertheless, mindfulness techniques also allow you to be more balanced and calm, and help you to cope with stressors of life. Many try to avoid feeling sad and depressed about life by keeping themselves busy with work or other activities that might inhibit you from dealing with negative mental health or unhappiness. When you avoid your feelings, it can become easy to lose track of your life and mental health.
Practice mindfulness techniques regularly, such as deep breathing. When you start to feel yourself become overwhelmed, take a 5-second breath in, and slowly let it out. This breathing will help you blood flow and help you feel more relaxed.
Your sleeping pattern and your mental health are closely associated. You are more likely to suffer from mental health problems when you are sleep deprived. The brain and its relationship to sleep and mental health are still not fully understood by researchers and other professionals. However, neuroscience suggests that a good night of sleep promotes better mental health and emotional strength, while poor sleep results to negative thinking and emotional vulnerability.
Our multidisciplinary team at EmotionMatters is here to help you. We offer specialised psychotherapy, and in particular cognitive behavioural therapy which can be useful to help you to identify and manage your feelings.
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