Amazingly mental illness today affects almost every single person out there. You may not be suffering from a mental illness but in all likelihood you definitely know someone that is. Mental health awareness has come a long way in recent years in breaking down the stigmas of yonder years. Today more and more people are willing to come forward and get help rather than suffer alone. We are just now beginning to understand the importance of being mentally healthy.
Your mental health is an amazing part of what makes you who you are as a person and also affects your mind, your actions, and how you treat others around you. Often times, we get so caught up in the physical aspects of what’s on the outside that we forget to take care of the inside. We are just now beginning to understand that exercising our brain is just as important as exercising our body.
Perhaps the best line of defense in keeping yourself mentally healthy is keeping yourself busy and not allowing yourself to be isolated. Keeping active and surrounding yourself with other are not only vital in good mental health but also in both self esteem and happiness; two important factors in the fight against mental illness. Even on those really dark days it is so important to pick yourself up and keep moving. At times it won’t be easy, but this is what we are talking about when we say “exercising your brain.”
Another way to exercise your brain is by always keeping a positive attitude. When you allow negative thoughts to enter they can quite easily begin to take over and keep you from staying mentally healthy. Begin by taking action for your own negative ways of thinking and turning those thoughts into positive ones. Tackle what is bothering you, and try to “find the light at the end of the tunnel”. When you maintain this attitude even a bad situation can be turned into something good.
A little humor can also help because laughter does a great deal for our mind and body. Try not to constantly worry about being happy. Developing interests, activities, friendships and learning how to cope with the emotional pain will conquer your personal problems and further exercise your brain.
Finally for those suffering from depression, anxiety and any other mental illness, life can feel as if everything is working against you. For many they have no idea where to turn to get the help they need; what they don’t realize is that often the help is closer than you think. Having a strong support system (close friends and family) is the most important tool in fighting back.