Mental health is a hot topic, but the way we talk about it can be a struggle. The stigma is real, and some people champion therapy but would never actually take the steps to seeking it out. Dana Czachorowski of Shine Fiercely is here to try to make mental health a part of the conversation and provide a little bit of education without the weirdness or embarrassment.
The Meaning of Mental Health
It’s important to know what exactly what mental health means, referring our emotional or psychological state and social well-being. It is how we feel about ourselves, relate to others, and perceive the world around us. We all have mental health that needs to be taken care of, much like our physical health. Our brains are equally as important as our bodies and deserve the same attention and consideration.
How to Handle Negative Emotions
Experiencing negative emotions such as sadness, anger, or disappointment is a part of being human. The goal is to have tools in your arsenal that can help cope with “bad” feelings when they arise. Sitting with your feelings – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and being able to cope with them in a completely healthy way is the ultimate goal.
The Lowdown on Self-Care
Spa days feel amazing and are going to temporarily boost your mood, but real work needs to be done to get you to feel great from the inside out.
Exercise, hydration, and having a balanced diet are not only good for your body, but they are all essential for your mental health. You’ll notice an improvement in your mood, self-esteem, and your ability to handle stress almost immediately.
Developing a mindfulness practice will help you to reduce stress, improve your memory and focus, and reduce emotional reactivity. If you want to dip your toe in the mindfulness water, you can find some tutorials on YouTube.
Journal, Share, and Let it Out
Let all of your feelings out. Cry when you need to, talk it out when you need to, or write it out when you need to. Holding on to all of your big feelings will wreak havoc on your body and your mind. Keeping them inside will cause a build up until there is an inevitable explosion of emotions.
Talk to a Professional
Don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional. Find a therapist to help work things out. Many therapists offer free 15-30 minute introductory calls. Treatment doesn’t have to be long term, as setting goals and an agenda from the beginning with a skilled professional is a great place to start. Prioritizing your mental health will give you the boost you’ve been looking for. To get started, search through many different qualified individuals on the Psychology Today website.
How do you prioritize your mental health? Leave a comment below. xo