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Are you mentally fit?

Mental illness or mental fitness…

Are you mentally fit? Mental health campaigners do a really good job of raising awareness of the poor provision of care for those that suffer from mental health issues, and to be fair there has been, and still is a stigma attached to having a mental health condition. But let’s not forget that there are many more people in the world that don’t consider themselves to have a mental health condition, even though they still feel stressed, have anxiety or feel depressed now and then. They are not mentally ill and don’t have a “condition” to overcome, they are simply human.

The human condition…

Feeling stressed and anxious is part of being human, we all to a greater or lesser degree feel like this at various times. Stress in manageable quantities is what drives us to get things done, and we all need a little bit of stress to motivate us, the problem occurs when that stressful thinking gets out of hand.

The same applies to anxiety, it is normal to feel anxious at times, new things, new people, new places, they can all kickstart anxious thoughts, and for most people they work through those thoughts and the anxiety subsides eventually – after all most of the time things turn out far better than your anxious thoughts led you to imagine.

Mental fitness…

Going back to mental health campaigns and the companies that promote mental health awareness, although they are doing a sterling job let’s not tar everyone with the same brush. Many of us are mentally fit, we don’t need to be fixed or given a private consultation with a mental health first aider to sort out our heads or signposted to our GP’s and given drugs to stabilise us.

We are mentally fit – we can cope.

Mental fitness is not something many people talk about, the main focus is on those that have real issues to deal with, this leaves the rest of us to our own devices, coping with stress and anxiety in our own ways – many of which work perfectly well most of the time.

But what happens if life surprises you and something happens that is out of your control – what if you are feeling a little stressed or down at the time, and it all becomes a bit too much to handle?

The next step…

Looking after yourself, keeping in shape, being mentally fit and physically fit is the key.

Exercising, eating well and taking time out to relax are tried and tested methods that work well when we stick to them. Keeping our weight in check helps us to look and feel good, and again is also a huge benefit to our self-esteem and confidence. Keeping physically fit and healthy also has significant mental health benefits.

Keeping yourself mentally fit…

Just as looking after our bodies helps us to cope with physical exertion or illness, so keeping yourself mentally fit can help you deal with life’s ups and downs.

How often do we think about our mental health? And how do we keep our mental health in tip-top condition?

Some ideas to get you started…

  • Exercise for 30 minutes every day – walking counts…it doesn’t have to be a marathon!
  • Exercise your brain – read books, do crosswords, sudoku – anything that challenges your intellect
  • Watch what you eat and how much of it – a little bit of everything does you good – having a lot doesn’t!
  • Take time to relax – be selfish and look after number one for a change
  • Get a hobby that absorbs your interest
  • Actively manage any health conditions you may have – again be selfish and look after yourself first
  • Be social – mix with other people and stimulate your brain with varied conversation
  • Last but not least – use nature’s pressure relief valve – Laugh out loud a lot!

There are many other things you can do to help yourself remain in good shape mentally, experiment and find what works for you. Do one thing at a time and build up your fitness slowly, do things that you enjoy and really want to do, that way it won’t be a chore like going to the gym.

And remember we all have off days, times when life gets too much for us, that’s just the way it is for everyone. Those times pass and we get over them, especially if we are resilient because we are looking after our mental health by keeping it fit and well.

The Mental Health Initiative…

TMHI is a Social Enterprise that helps people suffering from stress, anxiety and anxiety-related issues like depression. We help individuals, local groups, clubs, charities, community organisations, and we also work with businesses, schools and in further education.

TMHI offers anxiety workshops, personal one to one mentoring and coaching, and mental health training in education and the workplace.

All profits are reinvested in the local community to help people with stress and anxiety.

To find out more about what we do call us on 0333 577 1662 or email us via the contact page.

 

 

Graham

Graham Parish is an experienced Mind Management Specialist. He enjoys working with companies, SME businesses, individuals, coaches, leaders, groups and organisations to help them exceed their expectations. helping them to unlock their real potential, and gain unshakeable confidence even under the most severe pressure.

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Mental illness or mental fitness…

Are you mentally fit? Mental health campaigners do a really good job of raising awareness of the poor provision of care for those that suffer from mental health issues, and to be fair there has been, and still is a stigma attached to having a mental health condition. But let’s not forget that there are many more people in the world that don’t consider themselves to have a mental health condition, even though they still feel stressed, have anxiety or feel depressed now and then. They are not mentally ill and don’t have a “condition” to overcome, they are simply human.

The human condition…

Feeling stressed and anxious is part of being human, we all to a greater or lesser degree feel like this at various times. Stress in manageable quantities is what drives us to get things done, and we all need a little bit of stress to motivate us, the problem occurs when that stressful thinking gets out of hand.

The same applies to anxiety, it is normal to feel anxious at times, new things, new people, new places, they can all kickstart anxious thoughts, and for most people they work through those thoughts and the anxiety subsides eventually – after all most of the time things turn out far better than your anxious thoughts led you to imagine.

Mental fitness…

Going back to mental health campaigns and the companies that promote mental health awareness, although they are doing a sterling job let’s not tar everyone with the same brush. Many of us are mentally fit, we don’t need to be fixed or given a private consultation with a mental health first aider to sort out our heads or signposted to our GP’s and given drugs to stabilise us.

We are mentally fit – we can cope.

Mental fitness is not something many people talk about, the main focus is on those that have real issues to deal with, this leaves the rest of us to our own devices, coping with stress and anxiety in our own ways – many of which work perfectly well most of the time.

But what happens if life surprises you and something happens that is out of your control – what if you are feeling a little stressed or down at the time, and it all becomes a bit too much to handle?

The next step…

Looking after yourself, keeping in shape, being mentally fit and physically fit is the key.

Exercising, eating well and taking time out to relax are tried and tested methods that work well when we stick to them. Keeping our weight in check helps us to look and feel good, and again is also a huge benefit to our self-esteem and confidence. Keeping physically fit and healthy also has significant mental health benefits.

Keeping yourself mentally fit…

Just as looking after our bodies helps us to cope with physical exertion or illness, so keeping yourself mentally fit can help you deal with life’s ups and downs.

How often do we think about our mental health? And how do we keep our mental health in tip-top condition?

Some ideas to get you started…

  • Exercise for 30 minutes every day – walking counts…it doesn’t have to be a marathon!
  • Exercise your brain – read books, do crosswords, sudoku – anything that challenges your intellect
  • Watch what you eat and how much of it – a little bit of everything does you good – having a lot doesn’t!
  • Take time to relax – be selfish and look after number one for a change
  • Get a hobby that absorbs your interest
  • Actively manage any health conditions you may have – again be selfish and look after yourself first
  • Be social – mix with other people and stimulate your brain with varied conversation
  • Last but not least – use nature’s pressure relief valve – Laugh out loud a lot!

There are many other things you can do to help yourself remain in good shape mentally, experiment and find what works for you. Do one thing at a time and build up your fitness slowly, do things that you enjoy and really want to do, that way it won’t be a chore like going to the gym.

And remember we all have off days, times when life gets too much for us, that’s just the way it is for everyone. Those times pass and we get over them, especially if we are resilient because we are looking after our mental health by keeping it fit and well.

The Mental Health Initiative…

TMHI is a Social Enterprise that helps people suffering from stress, anxiety and anxiety-related issues like depression. We help individuals, local groups, clubs, charities, community organisations, and we also work with businesses, schools and in further education.

TMHI offers anxiety workshops, personal one to one mentoring and coaching, and mental health training in education and the workplace.

All profits are reinvested in the local community to help people with stress and anxiety.

To find out more about what we do call us on 0333 577 1662 or email us via the contact page.

 

 

Graham

Graham Parish is an experienced Mind Management Specialist. He enjoys working with companies, SME businesses, individuals, coaches, leaders, groups and organisations to help them exceed their expectations. helping them to unlock their real potential, and gain unshakeable confidence even under the most severe pressure.

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