How to take care of your men­tal health

Jamaica Gleaner - - WELL - Sub­mit­ted by An­dré Allen-Casey, coun­selling psy­chol­o­gist. Email an­dreal­len_­casey@ya­hoo.com.

NO MAT­TER who we are, we are bound to have tribulation in this life. It is un­avoid­able. Ac­cord­ing to coun­selling psy­chol­o­gist An­dré Allen-Casey, fac­ing prob­lems is not the is­sue, it is how we re­act to it – that is where stress is born. The tri­als we face in this world will ei­ther break us or make us strong.

An­a­lyse your is­sues, fig­ure out what can be done, and then take some im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

Learn to ac­cept what you can­not change. Learn what is and what is not con­trol­lable in your life.

Since life does not come with terms and con­di­tions, it there­fore ne­ces­si­tates the need for you to ad­just in or­der to main­tain and strengthen your men­tal and emo­tional health. It’s im­por­tant to pay at­ten­tion to your own needs and feel­ings. Don’t let stress and neg­a­tive emo­tions build up. Try to main­tain a bal­ance be­tween your daily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and the things you en­joy. If you take care of your­self, you’ll be bet­ter pre­pared to deal with chal­lenges when they arise.

Peo­ple who are men­tally and emo­tion­ally healthy have: A sense of con­tent­ment. A zest for liv­ing and the abil­ity to laugh and have fun.

The abil­ity to deal with stress and bounce back from ad­ver­sity.

A sense of mean­ing and pur­pose, in both their ac­tiv­i­ties and their re­la­tion­ships.

Pos­sess the flex­i­bil­ity to learn new things and adapt to change.

An un­der­stand­ing of the bal­ance be­tween work and play, rest and ac­tiv­ity.

The abil­ity to build and main­tain ful­fill­ing re­la­tion­ships.

Self-con­fi­dence and high self-es­teem.

WHAT ARE SOME STEPS TO HEAL­ING?

Be­gin to al­low your­self to make re­la­tion­ships in which it is OK to share emo­tions at a deep level.

Be­come aware of your re­sis­tance to in­ti­macy and al­low your­self to feel the need for close­ness.

Pray on a per­sonal rather than a gro­cerylist level.

Be­gin to for­give with the plan to for­get. The heal­ing power of for­give­ness can help to iden­tify your men­tal sta­tus. It speaks to whether or not you are com­pas­sion­ate or com­pet­i­tive; con­trol­ling or com­pro­mis­ing; con­cerned or con­de­scend­ing.

Give your­self a present by liv­ing in the present. Stop ru­mi­nat­ing on past fail­ures and pain. It will dis­tress your to­day and dampen your hope for to­mor­row.

Al­low your­self and oth­ers to make mis­takes.

Pre­pare to do the right thing in­spite of and not be­cause of.

Take re­spon­si­bil­ity for what you do. The per­son or the sit­u­a­tion did not put it in but it def­i­nitely pulled it out.

Never for­get that a per­son’s opin­ion does not iden­tify who you are. REST: – Rest suf­fi­ciently – Eat prop­erly – Sup­port oth­ers, and – Take time to re­ward your­self for your ac­com­plish­ments for each day.

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