There’s a saying that says, “Sometimes the worst place to be is in your own head.” There hasn’t been another time in history when this quote has been truer.
Statistics show that mental health problems are at their highest point. Despite the advent of technology and everyday comforts in our lives, as a society, we are more tired than ever.
Stress is at its highest point. Deadlines, financial stress, politics, the endless rush of bad news on news networks, and other triggers are negatively affecting millions of people on a daily basis.
Sooner or later, something has to give way, and it has. Millions of people suffer from mental health problems and require the help of a system that allows them to escape without a safety net to rescue them.
It is unfortunate, and you are the best person to take care of yourself. Prevention is better than cure.
The best way to bypass becoming a victim of societal pressures will be to take some self-care measures to protect your mind from the noisy world that is designed to drive you crazy.
Below is a list of simple steps you can take to block your mind and protect it from the media and madness around us today.
Stay away from people that are toxic
This is one of the most important tips of the lot. More people experience mental stress due to other people’s words and actions than any other cause. As the popularity of social media, this problem has gotten out of hand.
It is very common to see people ranting and raving strangers on social media platforms for trivial matters. Politics, crime, world events, etc. they are triggers for unnecessary discussion.
If you are looking for peace of mind, your best bet is to avoid the toxic people in your personal life and the hateful people on social media platforms. It is not your battle to get everyone else to agree with you. This is a safe route for aggravation and mental stress. Stay on top of that.
Take the time to be in quiet solitude
You can choose to meditate, or sit in a park and watch the world go by, or go to the beach and see the waves on the shore. Take the time to be alone and learn to calm your thoughts. Doing this can recharge your mind and soul.
We live in a world where people are in constant need of being stimulated. They live off the constant dopamine bumps that social media notifications and other stimuli provided.
They thrive on ‘noise,’ and something must always be happening to make them feel safe and alive. They are afraid of getting lost and don’t even realize it.
Avoid this constant depletion of the mental energy you have. Music is the space between the notes.
“In solitude, the mind gains strength and learns to support itself.” – Laurence Sterne
Learn to say no
This is especially true in the workplace. If you have time to help someone, then, of course, help. But if you’re already overloaded with work that threatens to put you in a mental institution, you must learn to say no if others try to get you to share your workload.
Learn how to say no to telemarketers, vendors, invitations to social events, etc. The general rule is that if you don’t feel like it, just say no. Period
Make a Journal
Despite your best efforts to be calm and remain calm, life happens to all of us, and you may encounter stressful events that threaten your peace. Journaling is an excellent way to release stress without having to talk to anyone.
The act of writing down your thoughts on paper is cathartic. If you are angry or upset with someone, write it all down. Channel your feelings in your journal, and you’ll feel much better when you’re done.
Break the curse of monotony
The monotony drains the energy of your life and drains your soul. While some monotony is expected in life, the constant routine can wear you down.
It is imperative that you add some change and enthusiasm into your life to wake him up. Try something you always wanted to do. Challenge yourself. Choose a new thing to do as in a hobby. Visit a place you haven’t been to before. Be spontaneous and open to new experiences.
There is a reason why people generally feel happy on vacation. The change of environment breaks the routine and monotony. Variety gives life more meaning and a sense of excitement. Use it as a way to keep happy and take care of your mental well-being.
These 5 tips are very powerful, especially if applied consistently. Protect your headspace, and don’t let the negative energy in the world shape your thoughts or dictate your emotions. Protect your mind, and you will be mentally and emotionally strong.