The absence of mental illness does not equal mental health. Just as the absence of physical illness does not necessarily equate to physical wellness.
In order to improve mental health, a number of deliberate practices are necessary to reap the benefits of mental wellbeing.
This intentional and consistent practice of daily interventions is like making deposits in your mental health piggy bank. What you put in, you will get out. If you regularly practice boosting mental health, you will reap the rewards.
Improving your mental health improves not only you but the world around you. In this ever-changing world, the development of practical coping skills has never been more critical.
Here are some ways you can improve your mental health.
1. Get moving
Regular exercise has many benefits, including improved mood, increased body’s ability to reduce inflammation and helps slow neurodegenerative diseases.
Keeping track of actions, thoughts and motivations and reflecting on personal change can be very powerful. It can help put things into perspective and, more importantly, helps recognise and disassemble negative ruminating thoughts.
3. Intentional activities
In the book The How of Happiness, the author talks about taking an intentional approach to specific activities to improve mental health. These activities include savouring life, nurturing relationships, expressing gratitude, and practising acts of kindness. An individualistic approach to these activities is the key to improvement and growth. Happiness doesn’t happen by accident!
The starting point to better mental health is recognising the need for improvement. We all have work to do, and no one can ever say they have achieved perfect mental health. It’s a journey and one well worth taking. The benefits far outweigh the work, so start your renewed focus today!