6 ways to check in your real state of mind

6 ways to check in your real state of mind

12.09.2022 Off By manager_1

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Mental health is an important topic that is often overlooked or stigmatized. Although things are improving, our collective voices are becoming louder, yet, we still tend to talk about it in muted tones or ignore our own concerns about mental health. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly one fifth of Americans experience some form of mental illness each year. This is why now is the right time to have an honest, open conversation about how you feel.

Two experts were able to help me with ways to calm and stabilize feelings of anxiety, doubt, and helplessness. They both agreed that it was better to build a “toolbox”, which includes coping strategies, and then observe how you feel. Some of these feelings are temporary (e.g., a sad day or a bad situation), but many could be signs of a mental illness. You will find it easier to accept your immediate discomfort if you have a long term treatment plan. This is because you can remind you that the difficult times are getting less and more manageable.

“Remember that you aren’t alone and that help is available,” says Katrina Gay (Director at the National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Keep reading to learn how you can create your own toolkit.

Talk to someone

Rachel Brathen is a New York Times bestseller author, yoga teacher and Philosophy brand ambassador. When it comes to emotional balance, sharing how you feel is key. Let it out! Pain can grow in the dark. Talk to your family and friends or consult a mental health professional.

“It makes me feel lighter to open my heart when things are getting heavy.” It reminds us that we’re not alone. Gay recommends that you consider attending a NAMI Connection support group. You can also go online and join a discussion group, or use text therapy.

Every day, make a list of the things that you are grateful for. Find one thing to be grateful for when you are having a difficult day.

Get enough sleep

Gay says that sleep deprivation can lead to symptoms such as mania in bipolar disorder and hypomania. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can lead to hypomania and mania in some patients.

Relaxation is an important practice

“Meditate,” says Brathen. Spending just five minutes in silence and focusing on your breathing in the morning can change your whole day. Our minds are the most powerful amplifiers of many problems and issues that we face. What happens when we dive into silence?

Brathen says that yoga is a great way to get into meditation, especially if the idea of sitting silently by yourself seems daunting. If you are new to yoga, find a studio with a teacher that you like and take a beginner class. Allow yourself to be in savasana. Pay attention to what happens. You are an integral part this world, and all feelings are valid. All of us feel the same emotions, but not all at once. Remember, everything you do is enough. You are not alone, and there is help available.

Sweat

Make time to exercise at home or outside. It doesn’t matter what you do, just make it fun. Exercise can help us manage stress and improve our overall physical health. Brathen says, “Get out your head and into you body.” It is a great way for us to clear our minds and bring our awareness to the present moment. No matter what you do, get into the habit of moving every day.

Take Control of Your Time

Gay recommends that you set aside some time for yourself and accept your needs. You also need to manage your schedule. Schedule something that makes you happy. You might go to the movies, read a book, get a massage or take your dog on a walk. You can make the most of your time by prioritizing your activities. You won’t feel overwhelmed by daily tasks or deadlines if you have a daily schedule.

Recognize your triggers. What triggers make you feel mentally and physically agitated? This will help you to avoid situations that are reasonable and how to deal with them when they are not.

Make a list

You can write down your emotions and thoughts on paper, no matter what format it is. Brathen says that it is a great way for us to let go of things that are bothering us. It can also help us gain a new perspective. It also allows you to take a moment to think about the day. Make a cup or tea and write.

She continues, “When times get difficult, it’s important that we remember there is still beauty in our lives.” Make a list of all the things you are thankful for each day. Find one if you are having a difficult day. When we are in a downward spiral, we tend to take everything for granted.

Remind yourselves of all the things you are grateful for. You could be thankful for the roof over your head, your pet, the breakfast in the morning, or the ability to write down all the things you are grateful for. Beauty is everywhere, so don’t forget it.