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Tiny changes, Big impact

By Dilesmeyyy<3Published about a month ago 3 min read

"Sometimes, the brightest smiles hide the deepest pain"

Approximately 800,000 people die by suicide each year worldwide, and many of these tragic deaths are directly linked to mental health issues. Remember to check on your friends or loved ones once in a while because those who appear the happiest, for they may be silently battling their own demons.

In the realm of mental health, there's a prevailing misconception that it's either black or white - you either have depression or you don't. But what if I told you there's more to it than meets the eye? Most people perceive mental health issues as immutable traits, something you just have to learn to live with. However, this perspective fails to acknowledge the dynamic nature of mental health and the power we hold to influence it positively.

Instead of viewing mental health as a binary state, it's time to shift our mindset and embrace the idea of a spectrum. Picture it like this: when symptoms are severe, they can significantly disrupt your life; but when they're mild or managed effectively, they cease to hold you back. This shift in perspective grants us agency, empowering us to take charge of our mental well-being.

Research has shown that we possess the ability to wield substantial influence over our mental health outcomes. Consider this: daily aerobic exercise can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety for over 75% of individuals. Likewise, adopting a healthier diet can slash the risk of depression by up to 35%. Therapy, cognitive behavioral interventions, and even treating seemingly unrelated issues like insomnia can lead to profound improvements in mental health.

However, the challenge lies in implementing these changes, especially when grappling with overwhelming feelings of anxiety or depression. Often, when we muster the motivation to enact change, we opt for grand gestures - signing up for intensive workout regimes, radical diet overhauls, or committing to monumental lifestyle shifts. While these endeavors may yield short-term results, relying solely on willpower is rarely sustainable in the long run.

Enter the concept of tiny changes - incremental adjustments that, over time, accumulate into substantial improvements. James Clear, author of "Atomic Habits," highlights the transformative potential of small, consistent actions. The British cycling team's journey from underperformance to Olympic glory exemplifies the power of marginal gains - tiny tweaks that collectively propel us toward success.

Rather than attempting Herculean feats, focus on introducing minuscule yet meaningful adjustments into your daily routine. Start with the low-hanging fruit, the changes that require minimal effort or align with your preferences. Whether it's incorporating light therapy, adding a single vegetable to your meals, or practicing daily gratitude, prioritize simplicity and consistency.

Crucially, employ systems to facilitate these changes, making them progressively easier over time. Whether it's utilizing habit trackers, setting 30-day goals, or leveraging Seinfeld's method of "don't break the chain," establish structures that support your endeavors. By anchoring new habits within existing routines and environments, you'll seamlessly integrate them into your lifestyle.

Remember, the journey towards improved mental health is not a sprint but a marathon of tiny victories. Embrace the process, celebrate each small triumph, and allow these incremental changes to snowball into lasting transformation. And should you find yourself overwhelmed, know that support and resources abound, from professional guidance to community initiatives.

In conclusion, revolutionizing your mental health doesn't necessitate monumental upheavals; rather, it thrives on the cumulative impact of tiny, intentional shifts. Embrace the philosophy of marginal gains, cultivate habits that nourish your well-being, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth. Together, let's embark on the path to better mental health, one tiny change at a time.

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