This and other similar situations can really play havoc with your mental health, and you find yourself getting angry for no reason at all, taking out your frustrations on other people and other situations, and building up your blood pressure in the process. If there are stressful situations that you can’t beat, you must find a way around them, with subtle nudges rather than brute force. And to do that, you need to learn how to:
- Focus on the good parts: It’s always better to perceive the glass as half full rather than half empty. When you take an optimistic view and focus on all that’s good in your life, you don’t feel the effects of stress all that much. If your boss is the problem, do all it takes to shut him out mentally and concentrate instead on getting your work done. This way, you’re in a better frame of mind at the end of each day.
- Keep yourself busy: When you have something to do all the time, you don’t let mental stress and anxiety get to you. You have less time to sit and brood over all that you think is wrong with your life. Besides, when you keep yourself busy, you feel a sort of achievement at the end of the day, an emotion that makes you feel good about yourself.
- Do something you love: If you’re really stressed out, get out and do something you really love but have very little time for. It could be your treat to yourself. The only thing you have to remember is that this little treat shouldn’t be something that will end up making you feel worse once you’re finished doing it. If so, it’s back to square one all over again.
- Sweat it out: There’s nothing like exercise to help you chase the blues away. You could hit the gym or take up a sport; either way, you’re going to feel great, lose weight, and get fitter in the process. Exercise helps you feel better when you’re down; it gives you enough energy to sustain you throughout the day; and it makes you feel good about yourself. So make some time to sweat it out every day or at least thrice a week.
Mental health is extremely important, because without it, we are nobody. And it’s up to us to keep ourselves in a positive frame of mind so that we’re able to tackle all that life throws at us, no matter what the circumstances.
This article is written by Kat Sanders, who regularly blogs on the topic of MRI technologist schools at her blog MRI Tech's Health Blog. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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