The Global Wellness Institute defines mental wellness in the following way: “Mental wellness is an internal resource that helps us think, feel, connect, and function; it is an active process that helps us to build resilience, grow, and flourish.”
As a mental health therapist with more than a decade in this field, I believe that we all should look at our health from a wellness perspective. From who we talk to every day to who we see for mental health services, it’s vital that we think about the every day moments and interactions that impact our personalities, goals, and relationships.
Start with one simple task a day that does not involve a computer.
If you’re reading this blog then you are clearly curious about mental wellness and how you can improve it. It is really easy to get in the habit of grabbing our portable computers, also known as cell phones, when we have to do anything. When we want to know the news, we may go to washingtonpost.com. When we want to know what just happened in the world, we’ll check our Twitter feeds. To buy anything, we’ll ‘find it online.’ Slowing down and being attuned with your environment is a good way to improve mental wellness.
Alternatives to consider when trying to prioritize your mental wellness.
- Try having the Sunday paper delivered to your home. You can read the comic section or maybe even the metro section. This allows you to laugh or simply connect with your community. These are both good for your overall mental wellness.
- When you need to send a package, visit the post office. There is nothing more ‘old school’ than having to manually address an envelope and buy stamps. You also get to see other people and potentially say “hello.“
- Go to the grocery store and pick out and purchase your own foods. During the pandemic, many of us relied on instacart and postmates for our meals. As we’re gradually getting back to life, it’s time to reconnect with your local grocer. See how the store has changed or not. See the new products.
- Register for a walk or run a marathon. Soon, there will be large gatherings again. When that happens, you definitely want to support a cause by signing up for an outdoor walk or run. You can do three things that support mental wellness at once! You get to exercise; give to a cause/community; and socialize.
- In addition to showering daily, try taking a bath once a month. This can go a long way to relax the anxiety in the body and quiet the mind. You can also try doing this with your partner. This will bring the two of you closer and allow for a secure and intimate connection.