Mental health isn’t just an attribute that we are born with. Instead, it’s helpful to see it more as a skill that we can develop, build, and strengthen over time. Indeed, there are many ways to build mental health. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Find your why
Meaning is crucial to strong mental health because it helps motivate us, and allows us to draw on our inner resources when things do get tough. However, finding meaning can be a challenge, especially if we have grown up outside of a religious tradition.
The good news is that one way of living a more meaningful life is to take the time to define our own values and how we can live by them. Indeed, by following our values in any situation in which we find ourselves, we can ensure that we stay true to ourselves and live the most meaningful life possible.
Use evidence-based strategies
Mental health is a well-known academic subject and that means there are loads of tried and tested resources on offer that you can use to build yours. In particularly
dbt accepts is a great strategy to have in your pocket for a time when you are going through intense experiences or emotions. Indeed, it is designed by psychologists and has been shown to make self-regulation much easier, even amid otherwise overwhelming emotions.
Stop always believing your brain
For many of us not believing every thought that goes through our mind can be something of a foreign concept. especially if those thoughts come with really strong feelings and emotions. However, a very effective mental health tactic is to get a little separation between yourself and your thoughts, something that can allow you to choose the ones that you believe, and act on.
One way to develop this distance, and so strengthen your mental health is to practice meditation. This is an activity where you just want your thoughts and the sensations in your body, letting them come and go without attaching meaning to them. Thereby over time strengthening your ability to not be carried along by every train of thought that goes through your mind.
Stay connected to your community
Your community may be the people that live around you, or they could live thousands of miles away and communicate with you online. What’s important is that you have a good network of friends that you respect and trust and that you can call on when you need to. Indeed, regular interaction with your community is crucial if you want to build mental health.
Of course, to have access to such a community you will need to put some effort on your end. Indeed, you will need to demonstrate the very qualities that you are looking for. After all, being part of a community is a two-way street. With that in mind, be sure to put time and effort in with those that are important to you, and build and nurture the relationships that you want.
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