Mental Health, Self-Care

Mental Health is just as important as our Physical Health

How many times do we look in the mirror and worry about our weight, cellulite, our skin and look at others and sighed “I wish I looked like that.” How much time do we spend pondering on how to perfect our physical image because we believe that perfect body image will equate to ultimate happiness and contentment?

We’ve all been there. A few inches extra around the waist and we start regretting eating those pancakes and dipping them fries in the milkshakes. We look at those chiselled abs on Instagram and look down on our flab and feel like a failure. “I wish I looked like that.” Then we get onto Google and start searching for “Quick Tips to Lose Weight” or “How To Detox Body.”

We spend days and nights worrying about our health and bodies, but do we ever stop for a moment and think what about my mental health?  Do we ever prioritise our happiness and self-contentment on our daily “thinking” list? 

Happiness and self-contentment is very subjective to each individual yet it is something that we all seek from our life sub consciously. Being happy with one’s life, achieving our dreams and goals, and living life to the fullest is something we are all searching for. Yet, we never take the steps to evaluate if we are really happy with the direction our life is going. 

We see many individuals who have what we dream for such as financial success, healthy relationships, beautiful holiday destinations, yet many become a victim to depression, low self-esteem and even suicide.

The reason for this is broken, uncared and malnourished mental health.

Nourishment for the mind is just as important as nourishment for the body. Our mind is like a plant which needs constant balance of sunshine and water in order for it to grow and develop into a fruitful tree.

We should take time out to nourish our minds every single day in order for our mental health to flourish and help us accomplish our goals with happiness and contentment being the ultimate goal.

Tip 1: Turn Every Negative Incident into a Positive Lesson

Always start your day on a positive note, regardless of the situation around you. You might be running late, or miss the bus or train – avoid negative thoughts. Instead of “I’m such a failure that’s why everything goes wrong” try to say and think for yourself “today I was feeling tired, from tomorrow I’ll set my alarm ten minutes earlier to avoid this situation from repeating.”

Tip 2: Take Out 10 Minutes Daily to Reflect on Your Unique Qualities

Everyone is unique and special in their own way – including you!

Focus on your qualities which you love about yourself. These could be physical qualities such as you love how your skin is, or how your hair is; or it could be more personality based qualities such as how you make people laugh all the time, or how you are very smart at General Knowledge.

In moments where you don’t feel happy, focus on those personal qualities and reflect on them daily to help nourish your mental health.

Tip 3: Chanting Positive Affirmations for Yourself Everyday

Say positive words OUT LOUD EVERYDAY. Yes, the exaggeration was necessary.

“I am the best” or “I can conquer all challenges that come my way!” Such simple words can have such a powerful impact on our moods and strength, it can change your situation in moments. Remember – our bodies are only capable of doing so much, but our minds’ capability is endless.

Every day is not the same, but always remember that in a minute of anger or self-hatred, you lose 60 seconds worth of happiness.

Always strive to nourish your mind and soul just as much as your body, as our bodies are incapable of achieving great things without the power of our extravagant minds.

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