The beginner’s guide to mental health

a guide to mental health

Photo by Ian Stauffer on Unsplash

Life today is by no means easy and many factors underpin this unfortunate fact, not the least of which is the current Coronavirus pandemic. It is incontestable, however, that it is not just one life that we are living these days, there are, indeed, many. Professional life. Family life. Social life. There is always something going on. There is always something that requires our attention. We want to excel in everything we do, but sometimes it can feel like it is simply too much.

The Vicious Cycle of Modern Life

We have all been there once, haven’t we? You have gone to bed late after spending the night out with friends. It was a great night out by all accounts and you had a lot of fun catching up with friends you had not seen in a while. Nevertheless, you still have to get up at six and be the best professional yourself possible for the day to come.

Eight hours of monotonous work follow. It is exhausting, but at the very least you have managed to finish all your tasks for the day. And then the boss announces a big new project. Great news, right? You certainly want to be part of it. After all, this just might be the thing to get you your next promotion. You take on a few more tasks. You will probably manage, right?

The day is over. You try to push the dismal thought of the many tasks that await you for tomorrow to the back of your mind. You want to get back home as soon as possible. You are tired. Hopefully, there is not going to be much to do at home! Don’t forget, however, to go shopping, lest you want to skip dinner tonight.

 The Exhausted Mind

There is no point in going on with this list of what a cyclical nightmare modern life can be sometimes. We have all had one of those days. Sometimes it even seems they are all like this. A grey mist of days passing one after another and each of them taking their toll on our little grey cells. Stress, fatigue, migraine, burnout. Where does it all end? When does it all end? How does it all end?

Such routines render us physically tired and we can’t wait to get to bed. But those kinds of days also affect our mind and mental well-being as well. Did you know, for example, that poor mental health has been linked to low productivity? In essence, the more you exert yourself without taking good care of your mind and brain, the less likely you are to be the perfect you in all areas of life.

Stress and burnout have also been proved to negatively affect overall well-being and quality of life. It is not just our body that takes a heavy hit as a result of our busy modern lifestyle, our minds are at stake too.

 

Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

Breaking the Cycle

But we want to be the best ourselves possible, right? We want to be able to excel in everything we do in life? We all want the Holy Grail of perfect balance in all areas of life?

Well, there is some hope at the end of this proverbial tunnel of seeming despair. Mental health is trainable. We can all take some easy steps to start improving our mental well-being right now. No special equipment required. All we need is motivation, dedication, a tad bit of perseverance, and the knowledge that we are doing this to become a better, happier, and healthier version of ourselves.

The Mastery of the Meditating Mind

As the title of this part suggests, meditation is a great way of improving our mental well-being and keeping our brains healthy and working properly until old age.

Meditation has been proved to preserve the ageing brain. It also reduces symptoms of depression, anxiety, and pain. Practising meditation regularly can even help with concentration.

Of course, if you are not into meditation, there are other great options for you to try out. Why not try learning a new language? Or, perhaps, a musical instrument? Both can help improve your mental health and are great skills to boast about.

Maths and logic training are further great options.

There is lots out there. It is simply a question of finding what suits you best and sticking with it. Do some research! You are surely going to find not just what could work best for you but how to practise it best too. But as with so many other things in life, practice and determination are key to success.

Alternatively, why not download our e-book on holistic well-being, which gets into the nitty-gritty of mental health and so much more? Find the link to wellyou’s e-book The Science of a Life Well Lived here.

 Final thoughts

Life is difficult, crazy, unpredictable, confusing, complicated. Life is so many different things, especially these days. We strive for order and perfection, without even realising that change should always begin with us. Finding balance and happiness requires a healthy mind and a healthy body. We have just explored the effects of poor mental health and seen some great ways to improve it. But why stop here? Holistic happiness and health require a holistic approach. And there are three core aspects of well-being that need to be explored in detail for us to be able to maximise our happiness and life satisfaction. Check out the other two here

Keywords: mental health, the effects of poor mental health, the strains of modern life, improving mental health, holistic approach

  • Bubonya, M., Cobb-Clark, D., & Wooden, M. (2017). Mental health and productivity at work: Does what you do matter?. Labour Economics, 46, 150-165. DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2017.05.001
  • Edenfield, T., & Saeed, S. (2012). An update on mindfulness meditation as a self-help treatment for anxiety and depression. Psychology Research And Behavior Management, 131. DOI: 10.2147/prbm.s34937
  • Herholz, S., & Zatorre, R. (2012). Musical Training as a Framework for Brain Plasticity: Behavior, Function, and Structure. Neuron, 76(3), 486-502. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2012.10.011
  • Li, P., Legault, J., & Litcofsky, K. (2014). Neuroplasticity as a function of second language learning: Anatomical changes in the human brain. Cortex, 58, 301-324. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.05.001
  • Luders, E., Cherbuin, N., Kurth, F., & Lauche, R. (2015). Forever Young(er): potential age-defying effects of long-term meditation on gray matter atrophy. Deutsche Zeitschrift Für Akupunktur, 58(4), 30-31. DOI: 10.1016/s0415-6412(15)30070-9
  • Moraes, M., Hitora, V., & Verardi, C. (2019). The relationship between burnout and quality of life. Cadernos De Pós-Graduação Em Distúrbios Do Desenvolvimento, 19(1). DOI:

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The beginner’s guide to mental health

a guide to mental health

Photo by Ian Stauffer on Unsplash

Life today is by no means easy and many factors underpin this unfortunate fact, not the least of which is the current Coronavirus pandemic. It is incontestable, however, that it is not just one life that we are living these days, there are, indeed, many. Professional life. Family life. Social life. There is always something going on. There is always something that requires our attention. We want to excel in everything we do, but sometimes it can feel like it is simply too much.

The Vicious Cycle of Modern Life

We have all been there once, haven’t we? You have gone to bed late after spending the night out with friends. It was a great night out by all accounts and you had a lot of fun catching up with friends you had not seen in a while. Nevertheless, you still have to get up at six and be the best professional yourself possible for the day to come.

Eight hours of monotonous work follow. It is exhausting, but at the very least you have managed to finish all your tasks for the day. And then the boss announces a big new project. Great news, right? You certainly want to be part of it. After all, this just might be the thing to get you your next promotion. You take on a few more tasks. You will probably manage, right?

The day is over. You try to push the dismal thought of the many tasks that await you for tomorrow to the back of your mind. You want to get back home as soon as possible. You are tired. Hopefully, there is not going to be much to do at home! Don’t forget, however, to go shopping, lest you want to skip dinner tonight.

 The Exhausted Mind

There is no point in going on with this list of what a cyclical nightmare modern life can be sometimes. We have all had one of those days. Sometimes it even seems they are all like this. A grey mist of days passing one after another and each of them taking their toll on our little grey cells. Stress, fatigue, migraine, burnout. Where does it all end? When does it all end? How does it all end?

Such routines render us physically tired and we can’t wait to get to bed. But those kinds of days also affect our mind and mental well-being as well. Did you know, for example, that poor mental health has been linked to low productivity? In essence, the more you exert yourself without taking good care of your mind and brain, the less likely you are to be the perfect you in all areas of life.

Stress and burnout have also been proved to negatively affect overall well-being and quality of life. It is not just our body that takes a heavy hit as a result of our busy modern lifestyle, our minds are at stake too.

 

Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

Breaking the Cycle

But we want to be the best ourselves possible, right? We want to be able to excel in everything we do in life? We all want the Holy Grail of perfect balance in all areas of life?

Well, there is some hope at the end of this proverbial tunnel of seeming despair. Mental health is trainable. We can all take some easy steps to start improving our mental well-being right now. No special equipment required. All we need is motivation, dedication, a tad bit of perseverance, and the knowledge that we are doing this to become a better, happier, and healthier version of ourselves.

The Mastery of the Meditating Mind

As the title of this part suggests, meditation is a great way of improving our mental well-being and keeping our brains healthy and working properly until old age.

Meditation has been proved to preserve the ageing brain. It also reduces symptoms of depression, anxiety, and pain. Practising meditation regularly can even help with concentration.

Of course, if you are not into meditation, there are other great options for you to try out. Why not try learning a new language? Or, perhaps, a musical instrument? Both can help improve your mental health and are great skills to boast about.

Maths and logic training are further great options.

There is lots out there. It is simply a question of finding what suits you best and sticking with it. Do some research! You are surely going to find not just what could work best for you but how to practise it best too. But as with so many other things in life, practice and determination are key to success.

Alternatively, why not download our e-book on holistic well-being, which gets into the nitty-gritty of mental health and so much more? Find the link to wellyou’s e-book The Science of a Life Well Lived here.

 Final thoughts

Life is difficult, crazy, unpredictable, confusing, complicated. Life is so many different things, especially these days. We strive for order and perfection, without even realising that change should always begin with us. Finding balance and happiness requires a healthy mind and a healthy body. We have just explored the effects of poor mental health and seen some great ways to improve it. But why stop here? Holistic happiness and health require a holistic approach. And there are three core aspects of well-being that need to be explored in detail for us to be able to maximise our happiness and life satisfaction. Check out the other two here

Keywords: mental health, the effects of poor mental health, the strains of modern life, improving mental health, holistic approach

  • Bubonya, M., Cobb-Clark, D., & Wooden, M. (2017). Mental health and productivity at work: Does what you do matter?. Labour Economics, 46, 150-165. DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2017.05.001
  • Edenfield, T., & Saeed, S. (2012). An update on mindfulness meditation as a self-help treatment for anxiety and depression. Psychology Research And Behavior Management, 131. DOI: 10.2147/prbm.s34937
  • Herholz, S., & Zatorre, R. (2012). Musical Training as a Framework for Brain Plasticity: Behavior, Function, and Structure. Neuron, 76(3), 486-502. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2012.10.011
  • Li, P., Legault, J., & Litcofsky, K. (2014). Neuroplasticity as a function of second language learning: Anatomical changes in the human brain. Cortex, 58, 301-324. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.05.001
  • Luders, E., Cherbuin, N., Kurth, F., & Lauche, R. (2015). Forever Young(er): potential age-defying effects of long-term meditation on gray matter atrophy. Deutsche Zeitschrift Für Akupunktur, 58(4), 30-31. DOI: 10.1016/s0415-6412(15)30070-9
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Wanna chat? Contact us at
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