Mental Health Awareness.

Mental Health Awareness

In the middle of May every year is celebrated the week of Mental Health Awareness. It is promoted by the British organization Mental Health Foundation. What we mean by Mental Health Awareness is better related to by using words like, depression, anxiety and panic attacks.

This year the theme for the week was Mindfulness, which in a very simple way can be described as concentrating on the present without getting stuck in the past or worrying about the future. How often does it not happen to us all that our worries about the future or remembering things that did not turn out well in the past, are so strong that we get paralyzed in acting properly in the present? We run into a Frustration mode.

We have all experienced this kind of situations, some people more and some people less. There are even people who constantly are frustrated or close to. Depression, anxiety and repeated frustrations are not a sign of weakness, as we normally view these mental modes. As the Mental Health Foundation so wisely says;

“It is a sign of having tried to remain strong for too long time.”

Normally we describe it as stress when the first symptoms of something that can become sever starts to appear in the daily activities. The stress affects the physical and mental wellbeing. Stress is a sign that you have gone off track in your life one way or another and you need to adjust your behavior and your actions to equalize your feelings. If your mind cannot decide what it should be working towards, it causes you to feel stressed out.

 

From Stress to Depression

Most of us in life will be stressed out from time to time. That is normal. However, if the stress becomes a fix part of your mental set-up, it can easily turn into a mode of anxiety. When anxiety hits you, you need to deal with it seriously as the continued consequences could be panic attacks and than you run into a mode of depression.

One thing that may help you feel a little better about anxiety and panic attack is to understand that everyone at one point in life will experience some sort of panic attack. Whether it being a mild or chronic attack, everyone will experience the fear and panic that is anxiety.

Stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety

 

The Mental Status as a Balance Sheet Study

The most popular courses at the University of Harvard are not the ones you might think about. The most popular one is given by Tal Ben Shahar, and attract more than 1,400 students each semester. More than 20% of all students graduated from Harvard take this course. Why? This course is based on the most recent investigations about,

Positive Psychology.

In the course, life is compared to a company with revenues, profit and cost. The profit is always a mathematic consequence of the balance between revenues and cost. Life functions the same way. Our costs are represented by our negative emotions and thoughts, while revenues come from our positive emotions and thoughts. A company with higher cost than revenues sooner or later will go bankrupt, and exactly the same applies for our life as well.

In the Harvard course the following 13 advices are given, as key elements to look after that our “company” called life not will run with red figures:

  • Exercise: Practice some kind of physical activity (run, walk, go to the gym, yoga, etc.). Experts state that practicing workouts on a regular basis is better than any kind of anti-depressive medicine.
  • Breakfast: Do not ignore the breakfast. Studies show that breakfast will help you to get the necessary energy to optimize the thinking and execution of the all your activities.
  • Gratitude: Be grateful for what you have in life. Write down on a piece of paper 10 things in life that you have and that make you happy. This exercise will force you to think in a positive way.
  • Be Assertive: Ask for what you want and say what you which. To be assertive will help improve your self esteem. To be silent and just listen to what other people want and say, will only generate sadness and demotivation.
  • Spend your money on EXPERIENCES and not on things: A study shows that 75% of the society feel happier when investing their money on traveling, courses, etc., while 34% feel happy with purchased stuff.
  • Deal with your Challenges: Do not leave until tomorrow what you can do today. Studies show that the more you postpone tasks you know that have to be done, the more anxiety and tension you will create. Work with a to-do-list, daily, weekly and monthly.
  • Nice reminders: Hang up photos, text phrases around you from your loved ones. This will give you happy moments all the time.
  • Be kind and friendly: Always be kind a friendly with all people around you. Studies show that by only being friendly with a smile on your lips will change you animation mode positively.
  • Use comfortable shoes: Studies show that when pain in your feet, your animation mode decreases.
  • Watch your stance: Walking and moving your body correctly with a correct shoulder position and with your face and eyes ahead, will help to improve you animation mode.
  • Listen to music: It is proven that music will wake you up and produce happiness in life.
  • Eat right: It is very important what and when we eat to keep our animation on a optimized level. To eat something light every 3-4 hours will help to keep correctly the level of glucose. Do not escape from any meal! Avoid wheat flour and sugar. Eat everything and try to vary as much as possible.
  • Fix yourself and be Attractive: Studies show that 41% of the people are happier when they think that they look good. Be handsome!

At the University of Harvard they do not teach to be happy. The course given by Tal Ben Shahar only pretends to give knowledge about how we would be able to obtain more happiness in life.

As a business entrepreneur we are taught how to run a company successfully, and we know quite well how to use the different variables at our disposal to achieve a profitable company with a prosper future. Now it is time to take care of the most important “business” we all have – our own “company” represented by our life. Start with the initial balance sheet and from there, let´s go for a 5 years business plan.

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