Mental and Emotional Habits
Being mental is not a habit but is more of our mind. What is going on in our mind? For example, I am a sane, normal person who occasionally has a hormone that sends my system into complete chaos. I am not mental. But there was a time when I thought differently. How many of us have made it through that storm and are still sane? Each of us has a story and mental illness plays a part in my own story.
Mental illness runs in my family. There are several members who have to take medication to control it and a few who think they can do it on their own. I am one of those. I have been down the road where I tried medication after medication hoping something could help me control the ups and downs in my emotions. My mood. Most of them had huge side effects that affected my everyday living and actually made the problem worse. But it’s not like that for everyone. Some people find the right medicine to help them. Many of them go through what I went through of trial and error to get it.
Pills, Pills and more Pills
I got tired of feeling like I was being controlled only by medicine and believed I should be able to do it on my own. As a bible reading Christian I believe that it is possible. And I keep trying to prove that to myself. It takes a lot of work. I do a lot of research and have been looking at the many ways to control my moods. My most recent research has taken me into studying my hormones. After I had my last child, my hormones went all crazy. I believe the same thing has happened all through my life. We have hormonal surges all through our lives at different times. I notice that every time I had some huge disaster that it was right around an event or time period when we humans usually have an overabundance in hormones.
It’s not like that for everybody though. I can currently blame hormones, bad eating habits and all around unhealthy living. But I would like to impress on all who read this that not everybody has it so lucky. Some people are born with serious mental health issues, not of their own doing. So if you are reading this and you are one of those people. You are not alone. But even you can do something to help yourself feel better.
Drink plenty of water and fluids
Drinking water helps to flush toxins out of our body. It also helps with weight loss and keeps our bodies hydrated. Have you ever noticed yourself getting dizzy, having frequent headaches or really dry skin? That is your body telling you to drink some water or some kind of fluids. Water is best but not the only thing to drink if you hate water. Or you could also try adding some calorie-free flavor.
Get plenty of exercises
Regularly exercising strengthens your body and gives you more endurance. It is also good for relieving stress. Exercising and weight training is also good for reducing blood sugar. Most of the food we eat today has added sugar. Not good. There are so many different types of exercises that most people can’t get away with not liking it anymore. Try many different types so that you can find something you like and will actually do. No use getting an exercise machine if you never get on it.
Research your own habits and condition
Sometimes people are wrongly diagnosed. We go to the doctor and expect them to solve our problem as to why we are not feeling good, then we don’t tell them everything or we feel so bad we can’t tell them everything due to lack of focus. We want to be well now. Often times we are just not taking care of ourselves. Many of us don’t know how. I am one who is willing to learn how but I wasn’t always that way. I wanted them to fix it and to fix it yesterday. I’ve since learned that it doesn’t work that way. My impatience cost me a lot of years that I will never get back.
Our bodies were meant to get sleep. It’s why we get tired. When I don’t get enough sleep I am a mean, angry, woman who has it out for everyone. So glad that I am able to sleep. At my last job I got up every morning at 3:30 and 4 A.M., So that I could get there and start at 6. After driving in rush hour traffic and having idiots slam on their brakes. It was awful. Hope I never have to do that again. Which brings us to our next point. Sleep is very good for our mental health.
Reduce as much stress as you can and keep it that way. Stress has been linked to all kinds of health issues. It also causes depression. If we are always under stress our chances for having or giving ulcers is doubled. Stress causes bad behavior. And while I realize some people work well under stress, a majority of us do not. Exercising helps reduce stress. What stress does to the mind is a huge negative. I would have days where I had to take a mental health day. When you’re hitting yourself on the head with your own brush. I would say there is a problem.
If you are on medication then you have to remember to take it every day. It is helpful to takes notes throughout the day as a report of how the medication is working. Taking it at the same time every day increases its chances of being effective so that it has the same amount in your system all the time. Many people don’t do that and will even argue that it’s not that big of a deal. Then they have a bad day and blame their behavior on the situation or circumstance instead of looking at their part. Sometimes the medication can put us out of the frame of mind we need to be in.
Supplements and herbs might be helpful as well. If you are on medication you will want to discuss this with them. If you really want to try it they will probably shoot down the idea immediately claiming that you will make the problem worse. If that happens you will have to decide whats more important and maybe change to a doctor willing to help you do the research to find out if it is an option. Also make sure to take a good multivitamin as our food doesn’t support us the way it used to, or the way it should.
After all this
There really is so much to the mind. I could not even begin to touch on it all. Also, I don’t know it all. I speak out of my experience in this area. I would love to take some classes to better understand all this stuff but unfortunately, I think I ruined too many of my brain cells. Thinking doesn’t always work and remembering things is sometimes very difficult. My mental health is better now and I want to keep it that way. If you think you have an issue by all means take it to a doctor. But ask a lot of questions and be willing to do research. They do their best but it is not always best.