World Mental Health Day takes place on Wednesday October 10th and as a huge Mental Health advocate, I wanted to share just three ways you can look after your own Mental Health a little better.
Your thoughts are so powerful that they control your feelings, behaviours, actions, and habits, so it makes sense that we become aware of what thoughts we allow to consume our headspace. Of course, it’s not realistic to be aware of every single thought we have throughout the day, it’s the negative ones that linger that we want to work on. Instead of allowing these negative thoughts to mushroom or spiral by feeding them more negative thoughts, recognise them and then work on moving them along. One way you can do this is by asking yourself, Where’s my evidence, realistically, to support that thought? If the negative thought has no evidence to feed it, how can it grow?
- Get it out of your head
Never underestimate how powerful it is to actually talk about issues you’re facing with someone; you’ve no idea how many clients will say to me, Well, you know, now that I’ve actually said it out loud, it doesn’t seem as bad. Not only is talking about it good for your own mental health because it gives you more headspace, but it also can help you gain a new perspective on the issue at hand too, meaning you’re more likely to be able to solve it. And if it’s something you don’t feel comfortable speaking about, then at least write it out, get it out of your head and onto paper where you can deal with it in a more logical and rational way.
- Practice Gratitude, daily
The benefits of gratitude are many and for everyone. In fact, when you look at daily habits that successful people have in common, practicing gratitude is always there. For me, it’s how I start my day now, the first words I utter to myself each morning, with a smile are, Thank You. Then once I’m up, I’ll sit and really think about people, opportunities and an aspect of nature I’m grateful for each morning. But It’s not about doing this once in a while, it’s about working to make this part of your morning routine because it’s the things we do every day that make us who we are and it’s impossible to be angry when you’re grateful, truly grateful.