by Marcus Clarke:
The world we live in generally demands every ounce of strength from us just to survive. Research shows that stress is most prevalent in people aged 18 – 47, which is a huge portion of a person’s adult life. This just goes to show you how serious this issue is in our society today. Our ability to maintain good mental and emotional health is greatly compromised by these levels of stress that we face every day.
That, however, doesn’t mean that we have it accept the situation as is and give in. There are a few things you can do in order to improve your mental and emotional health despite living in a stressful environment. Here are 7 good tips that should help you cope and smile a bit more:
EXERCISE A BIT MORE
This point has been mentioned so many times, that people have actually forgotten just how crucial it is to our mental and emotional health. The more physically active you are, the happier and more emotionally stable you are likely to be. This is attributed to the fact that when we workout, our bodies release endorphins that go towards giving us that all important ‘feel good’ factor. These endorphins could help reduce the stress we feel and make us happier. Plus, when you are in good shape, you look good and when you look good, you feel good.
KEEP YOURSELF BUSY
You gain a lot when you do something creative. Whether you are writing, drawing, composing music or building wooden products. You are keeping yourself busy and ultimately achieving a given end. This sense of achievement brings with it some form of fulfilment that makes you feel like you mean something to this world. Like you matter. That sense of self-worth is great for your emotional and mental health.
DO SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE
There is something about helping someone else that simply makes us feel like better human beings. Maybe it is the gratitude in their eyes or the fact that you know you have made someone else’s day better that just gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside. So the next time you are feeling a little low, just walk out and do something nice for a total stranger. You will be surprised at how good it makes you feel.
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LEARN TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT
Your rent is due; you do not make enough money; you may not be able to afford that vacation you want in December…these are all things that we constantly worry about, sometimes unconsciously. Without knowing it, they sap the energy from us and leave us completely drained and borderline depressed. Learn to let go and live in the moment. The best way to do this is to strategise and plan on how you are going to get things done as opposed to constantly worrying about them. Once you have a plan in place, simply let go and trust that it will work. Live in the moment and enjoy being alive. You’ll work on it all a little later.
GO OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN!
There is no substitute for blowing off some steam. We all get wound up quite tightly and if we do not blow off some steam every now and again. We just might go off on people who do not deserve it. Let loose; go out and dance with your friends; go camping or just do absolutely nothing for an entire Saturday. You need to recharge your batteries.
HAVE A SUPPORT SYSTEM IN PLACE
No matter how well put together you think you are, there is a good chance that you may need help at some point. It is good to have a strong support system around you. Family, friends, a lover or just a group of strangers who all have the same issues…this kind of support groups lets you know that you are not alone and that you can rely on them when things get tough. This alone can make you feel more relaxed and less worried.
SEEK OUT PROFESSIONAL HELP
Sometimes, the best course of action is to see a professional who will help you chart the best way forward. There are very many good reasons why seeing a therapist can be beneficial to your mental and emotional wellbeing. For starters, they will help you get out of your own head and start focusing on other things. That is an excellent start towards your ‘balanced’ life.
It can be tough sometimes to maintain good mental and emotional health when you are being pulled in all sorts of directions. You need to have a strategic way to keep yourself grounded. These 7 tips will help you achieve that and much more.
About the Author:
Marcus Clarke has a degree in psychology, a masters degree in health psychology and has worked within the UK NHS as well as private organisations. Marcus started Psysci a psychology and science blog in order to disseminate research into bitesize, meaningful and helpful resources. The aim is to have interesting and insightful articles that can help people on the right track to improving their lives. To find out more about Marcus or connect with him, you can follow or message him on Facebook and Twitter.