“Our brains are either our greatest assets or our greatest liabilities” – Robert Kiyosaki
If a topic is taboo, then it doesn’t get discussed, and if a discussion doesn’t take place, then we can be left in the darkness sharing space with shame. Shame whispers “something is wrong with you”. Perhaps it is then we are in trouble as we are left isolated with the belief that we are somewhat different to everyone else. Leaving us feeling stuck, ashamed and alone. However, when we bring conversations into the light, it is then that we can create awareness, seek out support, a solution or validation.
Mental health can be misunderstood, and we see this throughout history. While we have come a long way, there is still room for advancement because mental health is something that we all must protect and maintain. After all, it is one of our greatest assets. According to Beyond Blue, ‘ Mental health is often used as a substitute for mental health conditions – such as depression, anxiety conditions, schizophrenia, and others. According to the World Health Organization, however, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
Mental health is not just a standalone area of our well-being; we must also consider the physical, social and spiritual aspects of who we are as they all interlink in some way or another because the common denominator is ourselves. Suppose we are responsible for our well-being while acknowledging that there are environmental factors that play a part. In that case, we can become aware of opportunities to enhance our well-being and encourage mental health for ourselves and others.
I am sorry if I am the one to break it to you; while we are remarkable beings, we are not built to keep going like some sort of machine because even machines need maintenance. Neglecting ourselves is not beneficial because one way or another, it will catch up. We see this with burnout and the impacts that it can have. On the other hand, what is encouraging is that small changes can yield great results, especially over time. Learning ways to promote wellness can enhance our well-being and can make a difference. Here is how:
- Rest is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Sleep allows the body and mind to recharge. Without sleep, our brain doesn’t function properly.
- Ditch the should haves, would haves and could haves. Each opportunity can teach us something about ourselves; however, staying stuck in a moment is not helpful and can hinder you.
- Invest in your relationships and surround yourself with people who are going to encourage your well-being.
- Keep yourself on your toes and learn new skills. Set all types of goals, big and small and celebrate along the way. Tried something new, and it didn’t work out. Celebrate any way for having a go.
- Move your body. Let’s not limit our idea of exercise; the aim is to move our body, finding psychical activities that we enjoy and can maintain.
I could go on; however, that is a place to start. If we treat ourselves as one of our greatest assets, I wonder how our lives might change. A friendly reminder is to take responsibility for your well-being and don’t leave it to chance. When we value something or someone, we protect it. We keep it safe. How can you treat yourself as one of your greatest assets? That’s it for this episode, and I enjoy spending this time with you. Until next time keep safe and take care.