Keep Your Mind in Shape. Today, more than ever, people are aware of the importance of physical fitness to good health, but it’s important to remember that a healthy mind and body go together. Make mental exercises part of your daily fitness routine. You’ll find that taking time to relax, to dream, to be creative, or even to let off steam will improve your mental fitness and your ability to deal with stressful situations. Mental fitness is a vital part of a healthy life.
Be Creative. Take time every day to do something you love to do. Build model dinosaurs, take a class in painting, or be the first person on your block to start an unusual collection. Use your imagination. You’ll find a hobby can be a great way to relieve stress and bring balance back into your life.
Dream and Live Your Dreams. Dreaming and fantasizing are good for you! Visit Club Mind and let your thoughts take you to far away destinations. Frivolous or fanciful … fantasize a fabulous future. Dreaming is a healthy holiday and who knows, maybe your dreams could come true.
Want a Friend? Be a Friend. Life is more fun when others share in the adventure. Become a volunteer or make time for others. You’ll find that often those who give the most receive the most in return and sometimes the best way to rise above a mental hole is to lend a hand to someone else.
This Is My Time. It’s important to make time to allow yourself to think things over. Curl up in a comfy chair with a cup of tea, take a walk in the woods, or sit and contemplate. Teach yourself to let go of disturbing thoughts and fill that space with positive thinking. Permit yourself to love yourself.
Let Off Steam. If you’re feeling like a pressure cooker, take off the lid. Do something physical like play ball with the wall, punch our pillow or go for a run. Don’t keep your frustrations bottled up. Find productive ways to let them out. You’ll feel better for it!
Reach Out. Whether you feel burnt-out, depressed or you think you can’t cope, some people understand. Don’t overburden yourself. Lighten the load by talking things over with some you trust. If you feel you need more information, you’ll find the community is full of resources that will help you to help yourself. Seek medical help.
It’s Your Life … Take Control. You deserve time for yourself to be creative, to dream, to be a friend, to contemplate, to let off steam and to talk things out. Take care of your mind and it will take care of you.
Note: As a person living with mental illness, to start kindness and end the stigma, it has to start from me. I have to be kind and compassionate to some people who do not understand it. I have to educate them what mental illness is all about. With this in mind, I am hoping they will be able to empathize to people having to live with the disease.