Health and wellness encompass the fitness of the whole body, including the soul and mind. A lot of people know how to take care of their bodies because they understand the benefits of this. What a lot of people do not know is that mental fitness is an integral part of one’s wellbeing. With this understanding then, one can start exploring how mental wellness affects overall wellness and what can be done to improve it.
Mental wellness affects everything
Mental wellness affects every single part of our being. Taking care of our minds helps deal with issues such as depression and self-esteem, all of which in turn affect our ability to take care of the rest of us. Poor mental wellness takes away the ability to feel the need to take care of the rest of our bodies because, with poor mental wellness, there is always the lurking feeling that something is not quite right. It is this feeling that holds one back when their mental wellness is not exactly where it is supposed to be.
Another way to see how mental wellness affects our lives is to look at performance. A tired mind cannot perform as well as a well-rested mind. Because of the broken link that manifests when a tired mind meets a tired body, performance starts being affected. When this happens, it is incumbent upon us to look within ourselves how we can better our mental health for the sake of the wellness of the whole body.
Keeping the mind in shape
One of the best ways to keep the mind in shape is to rest it. We lead busy lives and as a result, our mental wellness can suffer. Taking breaks is one of the best ways to rest the mind. A break calms things down and allows the mind some time to take care of itself. Sleep remains one of the best ways to rest the mind because, during sleep, the mind is able to be in the calmest environment possible, without all the distracting input from our senses.
A sharp mind leads to a sharper body. Mental exercises remain the best way to get a sharper mind. What is required here is not endless IQ tests or quizzes, but simple things that task the mind somewhat. Good exercises include puzzles and memorization tests. These task the mind in short burst, reinforcing its wellness without tiring it out.
Reading is another good way of enhancing mental wellness. Being taken to and exploring new worlds opens up our creativity and allows us to see life from a different angle and in a different way. Finally, reducing the amount of time spent multitasking improves concentration and productivity and with increased productivity and the achievements that follow it, a healthy boost of self-esteem is never too far behind.