We have come such a long way yet, physical health, butt workouts, and weight loss exercises are given so much importance whereas mental health is often disregarded. A sound and stable mind is what permits us to sail through the hardships and challenges life tosses at us yet we choose to ignore mental health.
What kind of individuals are most successful in their lives? You have the answer with you, those with mental stability and strength are most likely to succeed in life. We need to understand that mental health plays a driving factor in the decisions that we make every day.
The daily grind, emotional turbulence, stress, and failure can take a toll on us and that is why mental strength is a necessity. Over the years, I have realized that a strong mental health is the key to success since having the ability to solve what can be solved and not worrying much of what can’t be controlled keeps us happy.
At its core, mental strength is simply the toughness that gets us going when the going gets tough. By being mentally fit, we will be able to utilize our strengths to the fullest extend, enhance our creativity, grab the right opportunities, and approach stressful situations with calmness.
With that being said, achieving a strong mental health is a journey, a journey that requires a lot of effort, patience, and practice. However, the good news is, it is practically achievable if you contribute a few years and trust the process.
No matter who you are, what you’ve been through in life, and what you believe in, you can improve and strengthen your mental health.
So what should you do to develop your mental health?
1) Have a positive mindset
It is so important for us to replace the negative thoughts with more realistic and positive thoughts. It is believed that you constantly say more than 3 hundred words to yourself per minute and that is why it has to be positive. I do this all the time and the self-talk gives me confidence that I can’t do anything wrong.
2) Accept your mistakes and shortcomings
Raise your hand if you have never made a mistake. Your hand isn’t up, right? Now tell me how often do you own up to your mistakes? I prepare myself to have an unsatisfactory answer again. We can always fix it with a little effort though. All you need to do is accept your mistakes and learn from them to never repeat. Just ensure that you accept your shortcomings because self-realization is truly a trait of a person with strong mental health and strength.
3) Make tough decisions
When we face a difficult situation, we tend to not take any action or take an easier option instead of making tough choices. But we need to be able to take tough decisions and if we have a strong mental health then it makes the job a lot easier for us. Therefore, make tough choices by taking the right call at the right time.
4) Control your anger issues
I am going to share with you a rule. And the rule is to take a 5 seconds pause before replying to someone when you’re angry. Easier said than done, it takes plenty of self-control to master this art. It is the most difficult and challenging thing to do. Similarly, it tests every bit of our patience but the outcome is worth it.
5) Prepare for challenges
Life keeps throwing bouncers towards us and we need to be strong enough to duck them. To get the best out of life, we need to be prepare for the challenges and at the same time be mentally strong enough to take the right decision at that given point. At times, you might be have to face situations that you never even imagined and you cannot do that without good mental health.
6) Have patience and trust the process
Now and then, negative thoughts tend to run around our minds, and working to replace them with positive thoughts can take time. Learning to find out self-limiting beliefs is one thing whereas being able to change those thoughts is an entirely different thing.
Generally, we do not possess much patience to wait for the right things or anything for that matter. However, patience is the key and that is why we just have to do what we have to. In the meantime, trust the process and wait for the outcomes patiently.
7) Stop blaming others and circumstances
Our ego prompts us to think that we are the best. However, the truth is that no matter how good we are, we will always find people who are better than us. Similarly, when we make mistakes we blame others and circumstances and do in ways that we don’t even realize. But when things go the right way, we pat ourselves in the back and overestimate our abilities. It is the worst thing one can do because it keeps us from growing a strong mental health. This way, we will never be able to grow and do better in life as we overlook our faults.
8) Pick yourself back up after setbacks and failure
Anyone who has ever achieved a huge success in life will tell you that failure, obstacles, and setbacks are inevitable and you are no different. As you work on your goal, you are going to face a lot of challenges that come your way not only that, you will face failure as well. But this is the way it is, we all struggle, we all fail, but if we have strong mental health, we will win at the end that is why we should never give up.
9) Ditch dwelling on your past
Everyone has some things from their past that they are not necessarily proud of. That is all right because our past does not define us. We all just need to leave all of that behind and live in the present. Just be strong enough to realize the mistakes and move past them.
10) Set a goal and find motivation
Our mind is similar to our muscles, to grow them, we need to challenge them and master them. We need a sense of purpose in our lives and our goals give us that. The greater the goals, the easier it gets to train and develop our minds. I do not mean that we just sit there and set goals. We also have to have motivation and willingness to achieve them.
11) Don’t fear commitments
A high commitment level suggests that we are good at setting routines and habits that cultivate success in life. We find it difficult to set goals and all the more difficult to adapt to the habits that are indicative of success. We are also likely to get distracted or swayed away by the fear of commitment and that is exactly when we fail. At this particular stage, if we have a strong mental health to hold on to our dreams and goals, then we get right back on the track.
12) Have confidence and believe in your mind
We all can be productive and influence others but we need to have that self-belief. People who are high in confidence are more likely to complete the task or their goals as a whole. Those who believe in their minds are also unsettled by the setbacks. All we need to do in life is stay unbothered by what others think of us. Instead have the confidence and mindset to work through whatever comes our way.
13) Take alone-time for self-discovery
Usually, our past and the tragedies that we have been through are what can hinder our personal growth. We just need to take some time to reflect and find ourselves. The people who have been in difficult situations and experienced hardships in life have a higher appreciation for life. As a result, they achieve success in life. We all need to do the same and for that, all we need is to discover ourselves.
14) Don’t be afraid to reach out for help
Let’s come out in the open and address that we have not felt our best all the time. It is okay to reach out for help because seeking help at our lows is the way of staying well. However, the hardest thing is to figure out how to do that and whom to reach out. At difficult times, the most trust-worthy people to seek out help from are our family members and closest friends. So, reach out to them if you have to because they have your back.
15) Stop comparing yourself to others
We all have different journeys and different goals so it makes no sense at all to compare ourselves to others. The only time when comparing yourself to others benefit you is if you are positively learning from them. All the other times, it will only leave you discouraged and disappointed so, stop it!
It’s a wrap!
So that is it! I hope you enjoyed this list of tips on how to build your mental health. What do you think of the list? Also, do let me know in the comments below if you have an idea as such and think it should make it to this list.