Written By Anita Ginsburg / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
All people should maintain their mental health, just like people exercise and diet to maintain themselves physically. A cheerful mindset and clean mental health will positively impact all other aspects of your life. However, if you aren't careful, you may find yourself unexpectedly hit with a bout of depression or anxiety.
To keep up with your mental health, learn how to utilize therapy and journaling.
Journal Every Day
Force yourself to journal every day. Write about anything that enters your mind, whether you write a funny joke you heard earlier in the day or pontificate over a question that popped into your head.
You may also choose to focus on one particular topic in your journals, such as your emotions or fitness goals. If you fall off track, don't give up. Get back on track as quickly as possible.
Part of therapy involves talking about your emotions and mental health with other people. Group therapy gives you the opportunity to express yourself, and it gives you the opportunity to hear how others describe their situation.
It can also be comforting to meet other people who have overcome similar issues to yours.
Tackle Trauma Head On
No one wants to face trauma and open up old wounds. However, the initial pain may lead to healing over time. Once you get acclimated to therapy and journaling, challenge yourself to talk about any past trauma you may be holding onto and see how it affected who you are today.
When you see how the past has impacted you, it can help you identify irrational thoughts that pop into your head due to your past trauma and move forward more appropriately. It can also show you just how strong you are, giving you the strength to get past the next inevitable hurdle.
When you enjoy therapy and journaling, you will get more out of it. Incorporate your hobbies into your mental health plan. For example, you can make a movie about a day in your life or write a song. When journaling, you may want to draw instead of write. No one said you can't shake things up a bit to design a mental health plan customized just for you.
The hardest part about therapy is getting started. Search for a group therapy session in your area today to see how much you can get out of it.
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Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, Colo. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.