The Key to a Sustainable Life
Creating a Mental Wellness Strategy
This week I am writing about taking the leap to mental wellness. Check back every day for more on the topic. Sustainable mental wellness is critical for a happy and healthy life. It involves developing strategies that promote good mental health and lead to lasting improvements in how we think and feel. Unfortunately, many of us struggle to achieve this goal due to the demands and pressures of modern life. Fortunately, there are specific steps that can be taken to create a sustainable mental wellness strategy. Let’s review these steps and explore the benefits they can bring.
First and foremost, it is important to recognize the importance of self-care. Self-care involves taking time out each day to nurture your well-being. This could include exercising regularly, getting plenty of restorative sleep, eating healthy meals, engaging in mindfulness activities like yoga or meditation, connecting with nature, spending time with family and friends, or simply making time for yourself each day to relax and reboot. Adopting a regular self-care routine has been shown to improve overall well-being, reduce stress levels, boost moods, increase productivity levels, and even improve physical health.
Another key component of creating a sustainable mental wellness strategy is setting realistic goals for yourself. Too often, we overestimate our abilities and set goals that are impossible to reach in a short time frame, leading to feelings of guilt or frustration if we don’t reach them quickly enough. To avoid this situation, it’s important to break down goals into smaller achievable chunks; these should then be supported by appropriate rewards upon completion, whether these are internal (self-satisfaction) or external (a night out). By focusing on progress rather than perfection, you can start building momentum, enabling success while also performing activities that are meaningful to you personally.
It is also important to recognize the impact of external influences on your mindset. We are constantly bombarded with negative messages from various sources such as media outlets or social networks; this can lead us to feel stressed or overwhelmed without really knowing why. This can lead to a sense that things are ‘out of control’, which only further exacerbates negative thoughts or feelings. Instead, try actively seeking positive alternatives such as uplifting music tracks or inspiring news stories; by doing so, you will make an environment more conducive to achieving success with your mental wellness strategy.
Staying motivated is another challenge faced when trying to create a sustainable mental wellness strategy; unfortunately, our enthusiasm may wane over time, leaving us feeling stuck in an undesirable status quo. To keep up the momentum, develop anchor points throughout the days, weeks, and months ahead. Celebrate successes publicly, and reward yourself for milestones achieved. Remove any unnecessary tasks from your list and refocus on what’s important. Another technique is adopting positive affirmations; these brief statements help remind us why we embarked on something initially and reinforce our commitment.
Finally, it’s not just what we do but also how we think which shapes our state of mind. Negative thinking comes in many forms, including self-criticism, comparison with others, and unrealistic expectations; all serve to constantly undermine our best efforts and ensure no real progress can be made. An effective way to combat this tendency is through cognitive restructuring, whereby we systematically evaluate perceived threats and consider alternative views, thereby breaking free from destructive thought patterns.
In order for any major shift to occur, sustenance must exist; otherwise, any changes tend to fade away soon after being implemented. By following the four steps outlined here, self-care; setting realistic goals; managing external influences; staying motivated, you’ll give yourself every opportunity possible to create real, lasting differences between where you currently at and where you would like to be mentally moving forwards.
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Disclaimer: The content of this writing is for informational and inspirational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional counseling advice for serious mental health issues. Content created with Jasper Ai.
About the Creator
Jeanell Norvell, S-LPC, Ph.D.
Stressed? I am on a mission to take the stress out of life transitions. At a crossroads in your personal, professional, or educational life? My blog is designed to empower you to move past roadblocks and achieve your goals.
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