Looking after your mental fitness healthy and enjoy all aspects of your life. While there are many ways to approach this, initially, it is ideal for you to establish what area of your life that you need to concentrate on the most and why it’s important to you. Then you can create a plan to manage and improve this area before you move on to the next. Also, it is vital to remember that change takes time and that you need to take baby steps towards making these changes. Otherwise, they won’t be sustainable long term.
Let’s look at how you can manage crucial areas of your life—relationships, career, exercise and home—to increase vital mental fitness. Of course, you may have other areas you wish to focus on—wealth, resilience, holistic balance, family, friends, partnerships, work/ life balance—so start where you feel you need the greatest influence.
Area #1 Relationships
This area refers not only to romantic relationships but also to all interpersonal relationships you might have with other people. Of course, this naturally moves over to other aspects of your life, such as work, your social life and went your on holidays and so on. But if you focus on your relationships with the kind of consciousness, you need to create greater awareness of specific behaviour patterns.
To do this, ask yourself a few questions. How do I feel in my relationship with ‘X’? Why do I feel this way? Is this a positive or negative feeling? Do I want to change how I feel? If so, is there a way I can change this feeling?
By asking yourself a series of questions, you analyse the situation. You can use this principle for different problems with the same person or use it with people. Over time, you’ll find it easier to analyse how you think and feel, and you’ll also find it easier to resolve any problems and build greater mental fitness and a more robust mental attitude.
For instance, you might set yourself a goal to have relationships built on truth and honesty by being upfront after analysing how you’ve interacted with others. While this action can take confidence and bravery to do, once you try it and establish how it best works for you, then you can select an approach that you can use all the time for any relationship. Gradually, over time, you’ll develop a concise pattern, which will make the development of your relationships less confusing for you. You’ll also find that your mental health will improve because of your approach.
Area #2 Career
No matter what field your career is in, focus on keeping your mental fitness strong while you’re at work. After all, your work-life happiness flows into your home life happiness, and both make you a well-rounded and content person. So, if one is out of balance, then it may affect the other.
If you’re not happy at work, then look at what’s causing this disturbance for you. Then ask yourself, ‘Is it related to the organisation, the people or a person I work with or the type of work I’m doing?’ Once you narrow down the problem area, then it’s time to get more specific and focus on why you feel this way.
Looking after your mental health at work can be resolved by talking to the right person and telling them how you feel. You may also need to lessen your workload or find another job altogether.
Other areas in the workplace that are concerning are safety and breaks. Let’s look at both now.
It would be best if you kept safe at work. The safer the workplace is for you, the less stressful it will be, increasing your mental fitness. Another way for you to develop greater workplace safety and for you to feel less stress is for you to attend health and safety protocol meetings so that you have a sound understanding of the practices your workplace has in place for your protection.
If you experience an injury at work, it’s also essential for you to know your rights and who you should contact for more information. Most people call a lawyer for claims, so take the time to plan what you would do, then when you have to call your personal injury attorneys because of work injury, you won’t become stressed. This strategy will reduce your mental impact and protect your financial interests if you need to take time off.
Similarly, it would help if you aimed to take regular breaks during your workday, as this will help you keep your mind sharp and focused. Breaks allow you to recharge, stretch your legs and for you to get some air into your lungs. You can even go for a walk around the office, shop floor or up and down the stairwell, depending on where you work.
Area #3 Exercise
Physical exercise is not only good for your body but also for your mind. If you are frequently working out, it will have a positive and lasting impact on your overall mental health. It is sufficient to do three or four cardiovascular workouts a week and perhaps one or two muscle-training workouts for most people. If you can do that, you’ll maintain your mental fitness.
Of course, if you have a medical condition, you need to check with your health care professional or practitioner before you do any exercise or change your regime. If they give you the thumbs-up and you can get started, then aim to do as much as possible—it will all make a difference in the long run.
Area #4 Home
Your home should be a safe place—and a sanctum away from the speed of everyday life. Some even say that your home reflects your personality and how fit your mental health is, but this is not always the case. If you’re in the middle of home renovations, have just moved in, or you’re in the process of moving out, then your home may be chaotic. You also might be a messy person or live with others who are untidy, and this is fine if this is what makes you happy.
Whatever your ideals are, aim to find these as they will make you the happiest in all areas of your life. Balance is the key to happiness, and happiness leads to success. If you have a strong mind and body, you can achieve anything you desire.
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