Mental Health

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When it comes to our health, something that often gets overlooked is one not so easily visible like a cut or a bruise: mental health. While the conversation has shifted to include mental health, there are still many people who do not do what they need in order to take care of themselves. As a result of this, people often find that the consequences of neglecting your mind can manifest physically as well.

Today, let’s discuss the importance of caring for your mental health, the dangers of neglecting it, and finally some steps to take care of future you if you’re looking to make yourself a more productive person.

Up until the mid-1900s, taking care of your mental health was a much more taboo subject when people were often locked away for expressing any type of discomfort surrounding their mental well-being. Nowadays, people are opening up the conversation and capitalizing on the importance of mental health.  

Your mental health is vital to your overall success and happiness. If neglected, your mind is not the only thing at stake. Mental health is explicitly connected to your body as well. Oftentimes, anxiety can manifest physically through pain such as stomach cramps, headaches, and other ailments. In a world where there are too many things to worry about, adding another stressor such as physical pain is unnecessary.

Because of the fact that our mental health has so much power over our lives, it is important that we address it so that our productivity does not suffer. In order to keep productivity at its highest, our brains must be taken care of. Many times, I have found that when I don't take care of things that bother me, other aspects of my life, especially my work, are negatively affected.

Taking care of your mental health not only affects you but also your relationships with others. When you are stressed and your mental health suffers, so do the relationships you have with your family, friends, coworkers, bosses, and even strangers. We don’t always see how our emotions can truly affect the people around us.

In taking care of our mental health, we are becoming the partners, friends, fathers, brothers, and coworkers that the people in our life need. We make more space for the things that are important to us because there is no longer a part of ourselves that is lost to the unhealthy mind.

To start taking care of your mind, there are a few steps that can push you in the right direction.

Firstly, start journaling and noticing how your brain feels on certain days. When you are able to name what is causing the pain, you are able to prevent it in the future.

Secondly, take time for yourself every day. We are often too caught up in the motions of our lives that we forget to think about ourselves. Many of us are responsible for children, parents, and other loved ones who need our attention. However, make time in your day to do things that make you happy. On a flight, the flight attendants always tell you to put your own mask on before you help others. While this is practical, it also has outside applicability. When you've created space for your own happiness, you are able to take care of others.  

Finally, consider how your diet may be impacting your physical and mental health. There are many foods that have an effect on our bodies and, in turn, our minds as well. Reevaluate your diet and conduct research to find foods that will stimulate you positively rather than take energy out of you. Foods that are high on the glycemic index will burn slower and will provide you an energy boost over several hours rather than cause your energy to spike and crash.

Over the next few weeks, look out for more posts about how to maintain your mental health and become a more productive human. I hope to hear from some of you who are implementing some of these steps and seeing how it increases your day-to-day happiness.

When it comes to our health, something that often gets overlooked is one not so easily visible like a cut or a bruise: mental health. While the conversation has shifted to include mental health, there are still many people who do not do what they need in order to take care of themselves. As a result of this, people often find that the consequences of neglecting your mind can manifest physically as well.

Today, let’s discuss the importance of caring for your mental health, the dangers of neglecting it, and finally some steps to take care of future you if you’re looking to make yourself a more productive person.

Up until the mid-1900s, taking care of your mental health was a much more taboo subject when people were often locked away for expressing any type of discomfort surrounding their mental well-being. Nowadays, people are opening up the conversation and capitalizing on the importance of mental health.  

Your mental health is vital to your overall success and happiness. If neglected, your mind is not the only thing at stake. Mental health is explicitly connected to your body as well. Oftentimes, anxiety can manifest physically through pain such as stomach cramps, headaches, and other ailments. In a world where there are too many things to worry about, adding another stressor such as physical pain is unnecessary.

Because of the fact that our mental health has so much power over our lives, it is important that we address it so that our productivity does not suffer. In order to keep productivity at its highest, our brains must be taken care of. Many times, I have found that when I don't take care of things that bother me, other aspects of my life, especially my work, are negatively affected.

Taking care of your mental health not only affects you but also your relationships with others. When you are stressed and your mental health suffers, so do the relationships you have with your family, friends, coworkers, bosses, and even strangers. We don’t always see how our emotions can truly affect the people around us.

In taking care of our mental health, we are becoming the partners, friends, fathers, brothers, and coworkers that the people in our life need. We make more space for the things that are important to us because there is no longer a part of ourselves that is lost to the unhealthy mind.

To start taking care of your mind, there are a few steps that can push you in the right direction.

Firstly, start journaling and noticing how your brain feels on certain days. When you are able to name what is causing the pain, you are able to prevent it in the future.

Secondly, take time for yourself every day. We are often too caught up in the motions of our lives that we forget to think about ourselves. Many of us are responsible for children, parents, and other loved ones who need our attention. However, make time in your day to do things that make you happy. On a flight, the flight attendants always tell you to put your own mask on before you help others. While this is practical, it also has outside applicability. When you've created space for your own happiness, you are able to take care of others.  

Finally, consider how your diet may be impacting your physical and mental health. There are many foods that have an effect on our bodies and, in turn, our minds as well. Reevaluate your diet and conduct research to find foods that will stimulate you positively rather than take energy out of you. Foods that are high on the glycemic index will burn slower and will provide you an energy boost over several hours rather than cause your energy to spike and crash.

Over the next few weeks, look out for more posts about how to maintain your mental health and become a more productive human. I hope to hear from some of you who are implementing some of these steps and seeing how it increases your day-to-day happiness.

Written by Anyssa Gonzalez

Written by Anyssa Gonzalez

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