Difficult times in life arise, there is no doubt about that. It may feel worse when working through legal issues and still expected to manage your workload and personal life responsibilities. When life takes a downward turn, your mental health is tested. Emotional pain, stress, worry, depression and anxiety can trap you into an unhealthy state-of-mind.
Taking care of your mental health may not be something you consciously make time for, but its value is priceless. When you come down with the flu, the tendency is to greatly cherish your health and no longer take it for granted. The same is true for your mental and emotional wellbeing. By valuing your mental health, you can avoid the deepest and darkest places that result from neglecting it.
Beware of where your mind goes
As your body physically moves you to and from different places, so your mind takes your perception and emotions to various places. When your mind wanders down paths filled with fear and worry, it can be difficult to come back to a healthy place once again. Watch your thoughts carefully. If you are going through a divorce or a legal issue of any kind, remember to breathe and stay present. If you allow your mind to make presumptions about the outcome, your fear-driven imagination can lock you into a state of constant distress.
Awareness and practice
Being aware of the importance of your mental health is the first and most important step. Next, you need to incorporate a regular practice of safeguarding your mind, emotions, thoughts, perceptions and reactions to what is going on around you.
Here are some things you can regularly practice to support your mental health:
- Mindfulness – stay in the present moment
- Gratitude – constantly list what you are grateful for
- Time with friends – avoid isolation
- Self-Care – do things you enjoy and makes you feel cared for
When you make positive mental shifts, your outward experience will follow. Don’t worry about the future or agonize over the past. There is hope and help right now with wherever you are at. If you seek professional help, you are not alone. There are many resources to help people manage the overwhelming stress of life events. It will come to an end, but always preserve your mental health in the process.