How to Improve Your Mental Health

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The self-help industry is laden with tools and programs marketed as sure-fire ways to create lasting change. There are many meditations, affirmations, plans of action – all aimed at drastically improving our inner state of being.

There’s no easy solution. You’re a dynamic individual with constantly evolving needs, and you should avoid buying into a false sense of progress.

We hope that you find something meaningful that applies to you in this article and you join our community so that we have one more beautiful soul devoted to living a conscious life and helping others reach their goals. Come and meet us in our religious home and let’s make this a collective journey we walk together. We promise we’re not going to enforce our beliefs onto you.

Without further ado, here are some ways to improve your mental health.

Self-Acceptance

There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s been a massive surge of mental health issues circulating globally over the past several years. People are diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorders, identity issues – and they struggle against themselves. There’s an inner war brewing within everyone, and it doesn’t have to be that way.

One of the biggest pitfalls people fall into when trying to change something about themselves, whether it’s anxiety, lack of motivation, or anger, is that they assume there’s something wrong with them that needs to be ‘fixed.’

Ironically, self-help becomes a crutch where you constantly feel like you should be doing this or that to get better or ‘solve’ your particular issue.

You can meditate for two hours a day, but what’s the point if your primary motivation is to become detached and not want to feel the difficult emotions that make you who you are?

In this way, you end up self-rejecting yourself and creating a whole other identity around self-help, which makes it pretty difficult to unravel from the countless hours of information you’ve consumed.

So what can you do? Learn to accept yourself as you are. Anxiety, social awkwardness – whatever it is. If you don’t accept yourself as you are now—not later, not in the future—no one else will. 

Be your guiding light.

Self-Awareness

It’s difficult to see through your true motivations and hidden agendas if you lack self-awareness. 

Practice watching your thoughts, spend ten minutes reflecting on your day before going to bed, don’t take your emotions as absolute reality, and learn to hold your judgment towards others.

If someone evokes anger inside you, instead of reacting, make space and ask yourself, which part of myself is being reflected right now? Stop giving your power away. Holding onto anger is toxic and life-draining.

Don’t get us wrong, though – there are instances where it is called for. If someone oversteps your boundaries, some anger is normal and a healthy part of your integrity.

The point of spirituality is not to deny your humanity. Watch out for any tendencies to identify as a ‘self-aware being’ – ego and self-awareness are closely tied together.

Just like subjectivity can feel like objectivity – this is the trap.

Insight can’t be trained. It comes when you’re ready. So stop beating yourself up over where you are in the process and keep moving forward.

Professional Help

This is perhaps the most important part of improving your mental health. Sadly, there’s a lot of stigma around going to a therapist that makes you weak. But it doesn’t.

There are many things we leave unsaid and emotions we leave unexpressed. They affect us internally, but we might have no awareness of it.

This is where a therapist comes in. They’re trained to listen to you and lead you to insights. It’s their chosen career – they know what they’re doing. 

You might find yourself feeling relieved after a long session. You’ve expressed emotions that were manipulating you from your unconscious, and now you’ve let go of a little toxic shame.

Good. You’re making progress. You’re putting yourself on the path to recovery and admitting that you need help.

You don’t have to advertise it to your friends or family if you don’t want to. It’s your decision.

Trust in yourself. Change comes with time.

Parting Words

Well, there you have it. We hope you found something insightful in this article. You might apply just one little thing to make a small change that cascades into healing. We wish you love and recovery. To join our community, check out FLOS House.