“Watch your thoughts for they become words,
watch your words for they become actions,
watch your actions, for they become habits,
watch your habits for they become your character,
watch your character for it becomes your destiny.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Many people focus on physical and spiritual health but disregard mental health. Why is it important to take care of my mind? Why is it important to guard my thoughts?
Our mental health affects us more than we realise. Stress and anxiety affects our health and is responsible for a number of heart conditions and medical illnesses. If we don’t know how to maintain good mental health, then we risk being subjected to things out of our control.
Why Is My Mental Health Important?
Because my thoughts control my life.
Optimistic thoughts lead to more than a sunnier disposition; it gives us lightness. If we dwell in anxiety, fear and hate, it festers and manifests itself in stomach ulcers or hypertension or depression. We owe it to ourselves to live a happy life devoid of such frustrations. When bad things happen, as they are bound to, we either attribute it to chance or the devil or the universe. But don’t lock them up, let the steam out.
Because my Mind is a Battleground
We constantly wrestle with the morality of our decisions, whether or not what we have done is right or wrong. This brings up an inner turmoil that is difficult to get rid of. You have to understand what makes you happy and where your morality lies to avoid this dilemma. You must understand that thoughts birth actions, and repeated actions become habits.
What do I do?
Don’t Believe Everything You Think
We are all prisoners, bound by what has been ingrained in us by society, experiences and family influences. Our country, race and religion affect how we think and we need to constantly re-evaluate what we think.
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You need to question the truth behind every thought and ask yourself, free of all prejudices, if the thought you have is correct or not. We are so heavily influenced by outside influences that our original thoughts are really just the thoughts of others.
We are also very good at lying to ourselves, we generally think we are better than we really are. We should strive to get feedback from close ones on areas where we can improve on.
Renew your Mind Often
Every software constantly needs updates, think of your mind that way. Some of our thoughts become obsolete, others become anchors that drag us down. The antidote is to never stop learning. Read books on how to be better. If you don’t like reading, listen to podcasts or watch videos. Identify your frustration; anger, jealousy, envy and find out how to sort them out. Closely watch how you think and evaluate it without prejudice.
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By learning daily, we force ourselves to think differently than what we are used to. Our wayward thoughts become corrected. Then, you will be able to see the errors of judgment you make because of the shackles of culture and tradition.
When we care for our mental health, we not only take care of ourselves and better ourselves but we also help others by teaching them from our personal experiences.