Mental Hygiene – The Most Neglected Of All Hygiene Habits!
Good hygiene is taught to everyone and from a very young age, too. We see parents, adults, teachers, and other mentors teaching children to bathe every day, eat healthily, brush their teeth before bed, or wash their hands after using the bathroom. All of these habits are very good and it is important to establish them at a young age as these are habits that last a lifetime (hopefully). However, good mental hygiene habits are not intentionally taught which is a pity.
What Are Mental Hygiene Habits?
Mental hygiene has to do with the habits that you engage in every day in order to bring consistency to life, to promote resilience against mental illness or disease, and also to promote well-being and good mental health. These habits can be established through daily practice like any other habit. Here are a couple of mental health hygiene habits that can help you thrive, especially if you have a mental disorder (but even if you do not).
Being appreciative of what you have is of immense importance. As human beings, it is normal to begin to take things for granted sometimes and to come to expect certain things to simply be there or to happen without effort. Intentionally finding even the smallest things to be grateful for goes a long way in creating happiness and sense of fulfillment and deterring negative thoughts. When you realize how blessed you are, you let go of negative energy and start to become more positive-minded.
Play A Little
It doesn’t do you any good to take life too seriously all of the time. While there are certainly times and places that call for seriousness, there needs to be room in your life for fooling around and having fun. Make the time to do the things that you enjoy! You schedule everything else into your day, so why not schedule your playtime as well! Besides, it’s always good to have something to look forward to, even if it as simple as playing frisbee in the park with your kids.
Negative feelings weigh you down. Anger, regret, worry, fear, and hatred are all the types of feelings that loom over you and practically suck the happiness from your life. It is so much better for your mental health and even your physical well-being if you simply let go of all the unnecessary feelings that hold you back and embrace love, forgiveness, and openness instead. It requires more courage to release these feelings than it does to use them as a crutch!
Write It Down!
Putting your thoughts and feelings into words is a highly effective way of releasing yourself from things that are bothering you. If there’s something you are anxious about or something that you are fearing, you may find that it is a whole lot less intimidating when you put it on paper. Have a diary or a journal that you can share your thoughts in without the fear of prying eyes, or simply jot it down and set it alight for a sense of freedom from whatever is weighing on your mind! Of course, it’s best you keep an eye on that fire if you choose to light up your pages!
Develop Meaningful Connections
It can be very difficult to connect with people sometimes. Some people find it far easier to actually connect with nature than they do with other humans! Do not give up on meaningful human relationships or replace them with the relationship you have with your pets or with nature. Simply use that hike, your cat or dog, or whatever else brings you joy to supplement your mental well-being and to help you open up to others a little more. Learn to foster connections.
Good mental hygiene is important for proper mental health. Performing these habits daily can help you develop better mental health, even helping you through any problems you may have or prevent you from falling into depression or into bad moods that can affect your state of mind. Many people who battle with mental disorders can be triggered by bad moods and learning to have good mental habits can help minimize these risks. Be a happier person and a freer person by making mental hygiene habits a part of your life today!
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