Paying attention to mental health is just as important as physical. A few habits in everyday life can help you achieve or maintain your well-being.
It is about taking a positive attitude and engaging in activities that promote mental health. The strengthening of personal psychological resources (one’s own trump cards and strengths) helps to deal with critical situations in life better.
The following elements are not “miracle cures”, but only a few approaches that can contribute to mental well-being.
Know your strengths, respect your limits
In our society, performance and perfection come first. However, humans are not perfect and can sometimes be weakened. It’s normal that you don’t always feel powerful, happy or proud.
It is important to take the time to get to know yourself better (by reading, talking to relatives, or by having a specialist look at your own actions). This can help you recognize your skills and accept your personal limits.
It is normal for certain life events to be processed with strong emotions. This is even necessary and does not necessarily have to indicate illness. Sometimes it takes a little time. For this reason, it is good to encourage yourself to be benevolent to yourself. If necessary, feel free to ask your surroundings or a specialist for the support!
Take care of yourself and your body
Taking care of yourself is something very personal. There are numerous ways that everyone has to find for themselves. Movement is a good way to relieve tension. This can be a sport, but just a walk to get some fresh air. It is important to move, get out, change the wallpaper.
Active phases and recovery phases can alternate. In the recovery phases, you can gain some distance, collect your thoughts and review the day. Although sleep is very important, a trip – whether alone or with friends – can also help to relax. A fulfilled sexuality or a consciously lived spirituality can also contribute to psychological well-being.
Cultivate your creativity and skills
Your own imagination and personal skills are sometimes just waiting to be shown or promoted. It is never too late to risk something and discover a new pastime or do further training.
Creative activities allow expressing positive and negative emotions in other ways than just words. This can reduce tensions and worries.
Learning something new and developing your skills further stimulates the mind, strengthens self-confidence and helps to break out of the routine. This can also make sense from a professional point of view.
Cantons, municipalities, and cities offer a variety of cultural, artistic and sporting activities or advanced training for adults. Some of them are even free. There are also organizations that financially support people from low-income backgrounds. Let us advise you!
Establish and maintain relationships
Man is a social being, which is also realized through relationships with others. Some are more dependent on social contacts, others less. It is important to cultivate and maintain relationships with the environment, whether with family, friends, neighbors or the community.
Sometimes you can share joy and sorrow with friends. One should force oneself to take one step at a time and open oneself to maintain relationships, even if this is not always easy.
The fact of speaking to someone or listening to someone helps bring order to your mind and relieve tension. This also creates a certain lightness. Talking about your concerns opens new perspectives and can bring new solutions to light.
Discussion groups can offer various forms of support. When talking to those affected, you can share your everyday life and share your feelings. This generally gives you the feeling of being understood without being pigeonholed.
You can also talk to a variety of professionals about your problems, the job of which is listening to you and looking for solutions with you. Asking for help is by no means a weakness, on the contrary!
“Take care to yourself”
New is an explanatory film online on the topic of promoting mental health. The film is animated and is available in ten languages.
The content of the film is about the ten steps of mental health. These are presented on the basis of everyday situations so that they can be understood and implemented by people in all situations. In particular, mothers and fathers are addressed.
They are encouraged to maintain their own mental health and to recognize the connection between their own and their children’s health. A key message is to actively seek support, be it in a private environment or from professional offers.
You are responsible for your own well-being and mental health is no exception. Your mind is the hub of your overall health and vitality, therefore, paying extra attention to maintaining this should be your priority. A few simple changes in your lifestyle has a significant effect on promoting your psychological well-being.