Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Our physical health work together with our mental health, these are an equally important constituent of our overall health. For example, a case of depression can increase the risk of many types of physical health problems, particularly long-lasting conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Similarly, the presence of chronic conditions can increase the risk of mental illness. So, it is important we are in balance when it comes to our mental health.
5 THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
1. The power of your mind -God in His loving kindness has equipped you with a special instrument, and that instrument is your mind! Who you are today is a function of your mind. Your personality is the expression of the contents and workings of your mind. The Bible says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Your life and the totality of your personality (how you live, what you do, the character of your words, etc.) are the expressions of your mind.
Managing your mind is the primary principle for increasing your value, multiplying your success, upgrading your state, and thus, enlarging your estate. Sometimes, you may have tried so hard and done all you thought you knew to do about something, without much success. What more can you do? Well, why don’t you begin with mind management? Can you manage your mind differently regarding that situation? Can you access your mental hard drive to see what files you need to delete and the new ones you need to download and install? Yes, you can, and you should. You can make your life happier and much more fulfilling by making the right changes in the structure of your thinking.
Protect your mind, it’s not an open field. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.’’
God didn’t just instruct us to mount guard at the door of our hearts and disallow anything from passing through; He also shows us exactly how to place that guard over our minds—by choosing the thoughts we allow passage. In other words, He didn’t just tell us to renew our minds without showing us how. He told us the files to delete from our minds and the new ones to download and replace them with. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are TRUE, whatsoever things are HONEST, whatsoever things are JUST, whatsoever things are PURE, whatsoever things are LOVELY, whatsoever things are of GOOD REPORT; if there be any VIRTUE, and if there be any PRAISE, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). How remarkable this is! It immediately shows us God’s yardstick for measuring good thoughts. Your mind is unlimited in its potential to create whatever you desire. When you put your mind-power to work, the possibilities are endless. There’re no limits to what you can achieve, and absolutely no restrictions to how high you can propel yourself in life.
2.Take care of yourself physically - we have already established that your physical health can also affect your mental health. Exercise, eat healthy, balanced, and nutritious meals, drink enough water, rest well, and avoid any food or activities that would harm your physical health.
3. Value yourself - learn to value yourself, learn to appreciate yourself; you are the best and there’s no one in the world like you. God placed a high value on you, that He gave His begotten son to die for you. He loves you so much and wants only the best for you. See yourself the way God sees you. Treat yourself with respect and kindness.
4. Surround yourself with the right people - Surround yourself with people who inspire you positively and help you be a better person.
5. Have a vision - set goals for yourself, and take steps every day to achieve that which you have planned to do.