7 Mental Health Strategies For Almost Anyone

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What are your mental health strategies?

 

Studying or working can take its toll on your mental health. These issues can even creep up on us without us even realizing it. It’s important to be aware of when you’re feeling well and when you’re not.

 

In this was you can immediately use these mental health strategies before trouble ensues.

 

Although it’s not always easy to resolve mental health issues when they arise, there are some simple mental health strategies that can help such as mindfulness, deep breathing, better diets, some therapies, and more.

 

In this article, you get a brief overview of some quick-fix methods of improving health.     

Stay active 

 

If you’re feeling stressed, depressed or overwhelmed, think about the last time you took part in some exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to mean walking or climbing stairs, although this can be beneficial. To improve your well-being raise your heart rate and release endorphins.   

 

Endorphins are called “happy hormones” for a reason; they flood the brain with feel-good chemicals that lift your mood and help you to see things in a new light. So if you are interested in reducing post-pandemic stress for K-12 students take them for a jog or swim and see how you all feel. 

 

Self-kindness

 

Whether you are young or old, you are likely quite hard on yourself; this is true of many people, especially students who are always trying to improve themselves to achieve better marks or outperform their classmates. However, this attitude can be harmful to your well-being. 

 

If you’re a student working hard every night, remember to take some time for yourself. Instead of studying, take an hour off for self-care. In this time, you can do some light activity or nothing at all – the point is to take the pressure off yourself and practice self-kindness.  

 

Mindfulness 

 

Mindfulness is an ancient spiritual practice with a practical application. These days, many people are reaping the benefits of practicing this technique. Examples of possible benefits are fewer troubling thoughts, more calmness, and better results in their work and studies. It’s very easy to learn. 

 

#Mindfulness is about three things, attention, breathing, and discipline. Click To Tweet

 

Use your attention to bring awareness to your thoughts. Chances are that you have thoughts that  affect the way you feel: bringing attention to your thoughts breaks the link. Consequently, making you feel less stressed.  

Breathing 

 

Part of mindfulness also involves breathing and discipline. For example, when you overthink, it affects your breathing style, which in turn affects your emotions. But your breathing is something you have control over, so when you moderate it, you also reduce your racing thoughts. 

 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with work or life, it’s time to slow things down and practice some conscious breathing. Bring your attention to your breath and breathe slowly. When you have no breath left, breath in slowly. Continue with this in a comfortable position until you feel calmer.  

Chanting 

 

As with breathing, chanting can be used to eliminate stress and make you feel calmer. But you don’t have to be a Buddhist monk living in the Himilayas to understand chanting and benefit from this ancient technology. Simply find a chant that works for you – it can even be a song. 

 

Chanting helps to take your attention away from your distracting thoughts and focus them on the body. Click To Tweet

 

So if you find yourself stressed and overwhelmed by a life situation, try some low humming or chanting until you start to get things in perspective and make changes.     

 

Socializing 

 

Everyone is different! Some people want to be on their own more often because they generate more creative energy that way – these people are called introverts. Other people are called extroverts because they generate more creative energy externally by communicating. 

 

In reality, most people fall somewhere in the middle; they are neither fully introverted nor fully extroverted. If you feel like you’ve been spending a lot of time by yourself, perhaps studying or working, it might be time to embrace your social side a bit more to see if it improves your health.  

 

Therapies 

 

The word “therapy” has something of a negative connotation. When people hear the word therapy, they tend to think of it as a defeat – why are they not capable of resolving their issues on their own, they think. In reality, no one is alone, and therapy is one resource you can use. 

 

Therapies come in all shapes and sizes; of course, there are the traditional therapies such as talking therapy, but there are other types of therapy too, such as cognitive behavioural therapy that is a little more pragmatic for everyday use.

Medications can also help. Speak to your medical doctor is you wish to explore this option.  

 

For More Info on Building Mental Strength:
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Four Steps To Finding Happiness    Henry & Elise Ho New York ~ June, 2004
Exercises
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Henry and Elise Ho
Bend, Oregon ~ September, 2021

 

 

 

 

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Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.