Promoting and caring for mental health is just as important as physical health care, but rather complements it. As individuals, we go through many life, societal, economic and emotional stressors that generate fatigue, stress and depression, all of which play a big role in our mental health. Our psychological state affects daily activities and social communication with family, friends and the community.
Here are 7 tips to maintain and promote mental health
- Recognize that mental health is just as important as physical health
Mental health is part of our daily lives whose fears may range from daily anxiety to serious, long-term conditions. Individuals with mental health often feel lonely, as they seek ways to gain happiness and self-confidence to overcome conditions related to their mental health such as depression. These cases are most prevalent among young people in Jordan, where they face economic pressures such as unemployment and social and family pressures such as marriage and starting a family.
Realizing that you are not alone with mental health conditions and feeling healthy will motivate you to seek the psychological support you need and will even enable you to help a depressed or sad friend.
Beneficence: Be kind to yourself and others
Benevolence is the first step you can take for yourself to make it better. Don’t blame yourself for circumstances and be kind to yourselves.
As you show empathy for others, offer help and be kind to them as well, this will make you feel reassured and comfortable and will affect your mood and the mood of others in a positive way, which in turn will create a healthy environment for you and your peace of mind.
3. Find different tools to support mental health
There are many tools and resources available to help you relax and focus, and there are some accredited online platforms that offer a wide network of accredited healthcare providers and mental health professionals in Jordan.
If you are not comfortable seeking help from mental health counselors in your area, you can get mental health support online by contacting certified professionals online. In addition, the Internet provides a lot of information through trusted videos and blogs, and you can practice exercises or creative arts, or even learn hobbies and build new cognitive and creative skills that help you relieve stress and anxiety.
4. Protect your mental health from negative social media content
Everyone on various social media shows a lifestyle that may be far from the truth, and it can become stressful, worrying and stressful when different people start comparing their lives and reality to what they see on social media platforms. Moreover, with the spread of the Corona pandemic and the various conflicts taking place around the world, social media pages can be filled with news that may provoke feelings of anger, tension, frustration and sadness. Therefore, it is very important to protect your mental health when feeling frustrated by taking a break from negative news briefly, staying away from your social media platforms, and stopping comparing to others. Instead of being busy on your social media accounts, do different activities to help you relax and focus, such as reading, walking, and talking with a close friend.
5. Connect with yourself and live the moment
Be present in the present moment and focus on what you are doing instead of overthinking the future and the past. Learn new skills to develop your personality and practice mindfulness to help you focus on the present without interrupting your activities with distracted thoughts. Try to stay away from distractions and focus on your mental health, reignite your passion for your hobbies and talk about your feelings with someone you trust. Thus, step by step you will learn to be happy even when you are alone with your thoughts.
6. Take these steps to relax and de-stress
If you feel angry, anxious, or sad, these are all very normal emotions. Accept your feelings, whatever they may be, and do not be yourself, but allow them to feel these feelings as they are.
Here is this exercise to calm you down and help you avoid overthinking:
- Place one hand on the chest and the other on the forehead.
- Taking several deep and slow breaths in and out.
- Focus on breathing while taking these steps.
7. Ask for help
If you feel helpless or overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional or mental health provider, and know that asking for help, whether from a professional or someone you trust, is a sign of your strength, because you have shown concern for yourself and your mental health.