LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME GOOD HABITS FOR MENTAL WELLNESS

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It’s easy to get good tips on what to do in order to take care of your wellness on social media. And if you are like me, then you are in family groups where someone is always sending mini sound bite videos on diets or tips and hacks of one nature. And some have very good material. What are some of the good advice you have received?

1. Taking personal responsibility. I was having a conversation the other day about where one draws the line between victim blaming and taking responsibility over what happened in certain situations. And the consensus was no one deserves to be harmed in anyway. What we need to focus a lot on as well is ensuring to equip ourselves and others with information because it’s what guides our behavior as well as choices in life. For example, knowing that a certain route is unsafe will help one to make a decision on which is the best alternative and therefore save one from having to experience a terrible ordeal. Therefore taking personal responsibility requires that we endevour to acquire information because with information we are in better position to make decisions.

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2. Discipline. One of my mentors told me it took them 5 years of consistency to get into a habit of getting up at 3 am to do contemplation as well as reading. And now, it doesn’t matter what time they get into bed, their body has programmed itself to be up by 3 am. They say it took over 6 months to finally be able to get up without any struggle. The point they were making was that it’s never easy to start or be committed to anything. It’s especially difficult in our society where everything is instant, eg now I can easily walk into any supermarket and order a meal instead of going through the whole rigour of cooking. So it makes it challenging to discipline ourselves into habits that are for our good. However, it’s in one’s best interest to study those they admire and learn the discipline it takes to attain certain states.

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3. Detox. There’s so many diets or fads that make claims of cleansing our bodies because we live in a society that is constantly poisoning us. Understandably because evidence abound linking a lot of diseases to the toxicity we absorb in the process of trying to survive and stay alive. However our body is always communicating with us through pain, discomfort, doubt that we either need to pause or slow down and pay attention or change or fix something. But there is always so many distractions and sometimes we only pay attention when things are at an advanced stage. Perhaps it’s about time we trained ourselves to be more sensitive and my point number 2 above would be a suggestion on a place to start.

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I hope you can pay a little more attention to your body, because it’s always trying to communicate with you what you need to do.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please use this for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for seeking out professional help. The views expressed here in are  from my personal experiences as well as from those I have interacted with. And while one may resonate with what is shared, it’s not a substitute for appreciating your own unique personal experience. Always do your own research on any topic to guard against being hoodwinked.

Published by nasewangari

Clinical Psychologist| Humanist| Great passion for demystifying and decolonizing mental health

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