What is it that makes therapy so important to those battling with mental illness?
Every year, millions of people experience mental health disorders, yet the only fraction receives treatment from mental health therapists.
There are several reasons why people are still having their second thoughts in seeking professional help, ‘therapy doesn’t work’ or ‘sharing my problems with someone won’t help’. This way of thinking prevents people from enjoying the positive benefits that therapy could bring.
The truth about therapy is that it really works in treating mental illness. But we get it, therapy is not always accessible to everyone nor an option for some people. So, we prepared a list of small and simple mental health care strategies you can start doing immediately.
It’s not meant to be a substitute for professional help, but it can be a useful addition or way to accelerate your healing.
Write your thoughts down on a journal
When you’re stuck on a negative thought or something is bothering you, let it all out… on a paper. Journaling is a therapeutic tool that serves as a safe way to vent your feelings. Writing down your thoughts and feelings on a regular basis will help you know yourself better and improve understanding of your condition.
Take care of your body
Our body and mind are connected with each other. When you are taking good care of your body, it means you are also keeping your mind healthy. Eat nutritious foods, drink plenty of water, exercise, get enough sleep and avoid alcohol and cigarettes.
Replace negative thoughts with positive ones
Letting go of your negative thoughts and starting to put more encouraging thoughts into your mind can make you see things clearly. You might be surprised to see the solutions to your problems that you may have never considered before.
Take time to Laugh
It may not be the easiest thing to do but laughing can help lower your heart rate and calm you down.
Make a list of the things that can make you feel refreshed and happy. Watch a comedy movie or check out a cute baby and animal videos online. A funny friend is a great help too!
Work your strengths
Try to make time for doing the things that you’re good at. If you’re good at painting, motivate yourself to go to the nearest supply store, buy a canvass and start painting. Doing things you are good at is an effective way to build your self-confidence.
Take 30 minutes to go for a walk
A regular and relaxing walk is a great help for your mental health. It soothes your mind and gives you the chance to breathe when thing started to be overwhelming.
Learn stress management
Like it or not, stress is unavoidable and is already part of our life. The best we can do is to manage it effectively so it won’t affect our lives. Understand how your stress and what type of situations make you feel different than you do most of the time. Find healthy ways to manage your stress and do stress-reducing activities that work best for you.
Quiet your mind
We all need time to relax and slow down. Ditch your smartphone for a while to disconnect from constant emails, alerts, and other interruptions. Try activities such as yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises. It will help clear your mind, making it easier to see problems and solutions quickly.
Surround yourself with good people
Good people in our lives, such as supportive friends and family, is a big part of our mental health. Having them around helps us feel comforted and loved.
Hopefully, this gave you new ideas that you can use to improve your mental health. Remember that small changes can have a positive impact on your journey to mental health recovery.
Take a Mental Health First Aid Course today to help anyone who might be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.