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4 Ways to Get Mentally and Emotionally Fit

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For many years, mental health went overlooked. All over the world, countless people silently struggled with conditions like depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts. In many cases feeling thoroughly alone and not knowing where to turn. Fortunately, a lot of progress has been made in recent years, with increasing levels of focus placed on mental health care and more ways for people to deal with these difficult emotions, sensations, and challenges when they arrive.

But how can we try to safeguard ourselves from mental health problems in the first place? Well, there’s no way to eliminate the risks entirely, but one thing you can work on is increasing your mental and emotional fitness levels. In the same way that people pursue physical exercise to get stronger and improve their physical health to reduce the risk of injury and illness, we can also make ourselves mentally fit and ready to face possible challenges that lie ahead. 

Here are some simple ways to make it happen.

1. Meditation

One of the best methods for improving mental fitness and emotional clarity is meditation. It’s a practice that has been used for literally thousands of years in various cultures and parts of the world to help people relax, clear their minds, de-stress, and become more mindful. And it can be of great help to those wishing to boost their mental fitness in the modern world too.

Various studies have looked into the benefits of meditation, finding that those who meditate regularly tend to be more focused, positive, and able to adapt to new changes and situations in life. In short, it can help to make you better prepared for challenges that lie ahead. One of the most effective methods is mindful meditation, which is all about focusing on your feelings and connecting with the world around you.

“Meditation is a vital way to purify and quiet the mind, thus rejuvenating the body.” – Deepak Chopra

2. Calming Exercise

For those who want something a little more active than meditation but still wish to focus on mental health, as well as physical strength and stamina, calming exercises might be the ideal compromise. This kind of exercise can include the likes of yoga and stretching, helping to balance the body and mind, toning muscles while also harmonizing your mental state, improving balance and coordination while also reducing stress and promoting a sense of calm.

Calming exercises can be a great way to both start and end the day. First thing in the morning, they can help to focus your mind and prepare you for the day ahead, and in the evenings, they’re perfect for letting go of any stresses or worries of the day that has passed, preparing you for a peaceful and pleasant sleep ahead.

3. Consistent and Quality Sleep

It’s common knowledge that a healthy sleep schedule is vital for general health and wellness, but few people are aware of just how important sleep really is for one’s mental health. Various studies have linked a lack of sleep or sleeping disorders with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and stress. Meanwhile, those who get their regular eight hours tend to be more focused, concentrated, and positive in their mood and mindset.

However, getting consistently good quality sleep is often easier said than done, and many people can struggle to drift off each evening. To remedy this, try to make some changes. Reducing screen time before bed, for example, can help your mind get into a more restful state. Yoga and meditation can also help, and some people find that white noise or soothing sounds help them rest more easily.

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

4. Cognitive Restructuring

Cognitive restructuring is also one of the keys to mental fitness, but what exactly is it? Well, the term itself might sound complicated, but it’s actually quite simple, and it can play a big part in helping you become a better-rounded person.

Cognitive restructuring is all about changing the way you view the world, yourself, and various situations in life, both at home and at work. It’s about becoming more open-minded by taking different views into account and looking at situations from different perspectives.

Let’s say you have a big presentation coming up, for example, and you’re struggling with stress about how it might go wrong. Cognitive restructuring can help you see the situation from other views, finding the precise issues you’re worried about and addressing them gradually to move towards a more positive state.

Overall, it’s clear to see that mental and emotional fitness are of the essence in today’s world. With reports suggesting that 1 in 4 people have mental health disorders of some kind, and countless individuals struggling with day to day stresses and concerns, looking after your mind is absolutely vital. With these methods, you can start to sharpen your mental fitness levels and face life more positively and effectively.

Ryan Pell is a passionate blogger and writer who likes sharing his thoughts. Now he works as a content editor and internet researcher, you can check his website. He likes to travel and explore new countries.

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4 Reasons Why Content Is Pivotal For Mental Health Healing

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One of the most important things for an entrepreneur’s mental health is expressing their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This is where content creation and writing becomes pivotal. Whether you read something that resonates with you or you write a compelling blog post, the act of expressing yourself through content can help to put a smile on your face and make you feel better about things.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend as much time taking care of their mental health as they should. Over the course of your career, you will experience a lot of ups and downs; these emotions have the potential to take a toll on your mind and body if you don’t learn to manage them properly.

Here are four reasons why expression through content is pivotal for healing, slowing yourself down, and giving yourself grace when the going gets tough.

1. Content can be a form of self-expression

When you are an entrepreneur, you frequently face feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, apathy, and exhaustion, just to name a few. Some days it feels like no one is on your business’s side and everyone else has it all figured out. On those days some of us try to look at our website’s analytics to cheer up. 

But an even more freeing task is creating content. You create content to improve your business and reach more people’s lives. But, there is something special that happens when you write with the intention of expressing your thoughts and feelings — you open a door to yourself. 

Content is inherently personal, which means content creators open themselves up when they share their thoughts on a platform. Everything from the title of the post, the keywords they choose to include, and even the content itself helps you to understand who the author of that post truly is. And as an entrepreneur, this can be an important experience because it allows others to empathize with you.

2. Self-reflection will lift you up

As you think through what to write about and how to express yourself, the process of self reflection is a valuable step you need to go through. You’re able to reflect on the blessings you have, assess what you learned from the negative experiences, and create a plan on how to maintain the positive experiences you’ve had. 

There are a few ways that self reflection can help you with mental health healing. The act of reflecting on your experiences helps to create clarity in feelings, thoughts and emotions which will eventually lead into acceptance for what has happened or is happening currently without feeling overwhelmed by it all. This process also leads people towards finding new things they enjoy doing. Self reflection is therapeutic and can be implemented anytime you feel the need to overcome overwhelm.

“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” – Hal Elrod

3. A sense of belonging and camaraderie

It is important to have a support network of people who will listen and understand what you are going through. When you post a blog or upload a video on YouTube, there are others who feel the same way and experience a sense of connection with you.

When you put time, attention and thoughtfulness into your writing, it is amazing when someone reads what you’ve written and comments on it thanking you or expressing how they resonate with what you’re going through. It’s hard to put into words how powerful it feels when someone who has gone through the same experience and reads your words then reaches out.  There is power in expression but miracles happen when people bond over a similar experience.

4. Library of content to share with more people

It can be very difficult to know what content to share with people as the symptoms of mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.) vary from person to person. But as you accumulate more and more content, this will increase the number of articles or videos available for readers to choose from depending on their specific purpose. It also builds your personal library of resources you’re able to share to different people you encounter or engage directly with.

As chaotic and distracting social media can be, it can also be a beacon of hope with the right content. Many people share viral posts, or content that interest them. Since your content is valuable and personal, the more you share it, the more likely it is to be shared with the right audience.

You never know who is watching (reading)

Your content is speaking to someone and even though they may not be actively engaged, their experiences with your work are impacting them. Think about the last time you watched TV: did everyone in the room have something entertaining to say? 

You never know who’s watching because there’s always somebody reading your posts or viewing your videos-even if they just skim through it briefly. This is why creating content worth consuming is critical, not only to get you out of your funk, but also to serve your audience.  Be authentic and stay true to yourself; make every post count as an opportunity for connection with your best self and for potential readers to bond with you.

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