Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? What a great time to re-evaluate where you are in life and where you want to go than now.
Are you where you want to be?
Mental health doesn’t mean living a life that is without stressors or living a life that is all sunshine and rainbows. Instead, think of mental health as a mind space where you’re at peace with the decisions you’ve made and how you’re living your life.
Mental health is being content in the present.
A lot of us rush through life, not due to our own fault, but due to obligations, responsibilities, tasks, and duties. It’s hard to slow down. It can be difficult to find the time to focus on yourself and how you’re feeling – but it is so important to make the time.
There is a quote by an unknown author that states:
The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. – Unknown
Living in the present can help prevent the brain from living in a state of “what ifs”.
Has your past ever left you wondering, what if I:
- Chose another road?
- Made a different decision?
- That never happened?
The trouble with those questions is that they can lead to yearning, or wanting to change something that cannot be changed. The past is the past for a reason and the only thing any of us really have is the now.
Today we encourage you to focus on today. Turn the page. Make the changes you want to make and start a new chapter with brighter eyes and a more knowledgeable soul.
Try out one of the following today to help improve your mental well-being:
- Exercise. Whether it’s inside your local City Sports Club, or outside in the fresh air. Get moving to help naturally release the body’s “feel good” hormones.
- Meditate. Try out a Yoga class or meditate in a place you find relaxing and serene.
- Talk it Out. Call up a friend or family member. There is normally always at least one person who is willing to just sit and listen. If you’d rather seek deeper insight and advice, consider consulting with a therapist.
- Eat Well. The wrong foods can have a negative impact on your mood. Stick to healthier foods and less processed “fast” foods. Check out this article on essential healthy fats that improve health.
While life’s ups and downs may not always necessarily be in your control, the four tips above definitely are. Focus on what can be done to improve your mood and overall outlook, and you could start noticing a dramatic improvement in how you feel.
What has helped improve your mental health for the better? Share in the comments below.