I’ve often said, “what good is a healthy, strong body if we lose our mind,” and now more than ever this rings true. We can eat right and exercise, but if we do not provide care for our mental and emotional state, we are indeed lost. All you have to do is scroll social media for a nano second, and you will see people who are not managing their emotions. Let’s stop being a part of the problem and become a part of the solution.
Mental self-care looks at what and how we think, feel, and ultimately influences what we decide to do. One way to improve mental health is to utilize a process Caroline Leaf (Christian Counseling Today, Vol 24. No 2) describes as reconceptualization or seeing things from a different perspective. In other words, we give ourselves a new way of understanding our circumstances. Right now, messaging and news reporting are stuck in a toxic vein. We need to shift, adapt, pivot and be willing to look at new information and come to different conclusions.
When we choose to see a situation from a different angle, our brain releases positive chemicals and hormones that increase our energy. It’s the old saying, “quit staring at the closed door and look for a window.” When we stand still, we become stagnant, unproductive, and unhappy. Sometimes, we may simply need to rephrase something in the positive instead of the negative. By deciding you are facing a challenge rather than a problem shifts your brain into solution mode rather than defeatism.
Other times, we need to remind ourselves to look forward and state things in the future. “I AM going to overcome this.” We may not have control over what is happening around us, but we do have the ability to rewire our brains to look for the positives. A chaotic mind is negatively impacting your health and well-being. Toxic energy festers internally until it creates diseased cells aka cancer. Anxiety also interferes with your ability to think clearly and complete daily tasks. Allowing events to control you will disrupt your sleep, which in turn affects brain health, and the vicious cycle continues.
As you strive for a healthy lifestyle, do not overlook the importance of mental and emotional health. Include activities like a gratitude list, meditation, prayer, and positive affirmations into your regular routine. With mental and emotional resilience, there’s no telling what you can accomplish!
Unsure of how to improve your emotional intelligence? I can run an assessment that gives you a picture of where you are and provides plans for how to grow and develop you EQ. Contact me today to get started!
Looking for mental self-care ideas? Check out my book, A Healthier Happier You: 101 Ways to Lessen Stress. It has a chapter on mental health, emotional health, physical health and spiritual health so that you can have a balanced life.