5 Ways to Improve Your Psychological Well-Being

Friday, 10 June 2016

Our psychological well-being and more importantly our health are two of the most positive things in our lives when looked after, however when neglected these two things can impact on our lives in some of the most negative ways possible. That's why it's so important for you to remember to take some time out for yourselves and really refresh and de-stress. I talk about this so often here on my blog, but ensuring that you take regular working breaks are only ever beneficial for you and without them, you could find yourself cruising along to a multitude of issues such as burnout, depression, an anxiety induced disorder, heart and/or head related issues.

It's not so easy to improve your well-being, trust me I know! But there are a few simple things that I have implemented into my every day lifestyle to ensure that I don't suffer burnout, stress-related disorders and a whole lot less heart palpitations and headaches. So keep reading on for 5 ways to improve your psychological well-being today!

1. Laugh - Laughter is good for the soul didn't you know? Laugh a little, life really isn't all that serious! I'm a laugher and I'm a smiler, and sometimes people find it hard to comprehend how I can laugh and smile literally ALL of the time, but why is this so hard to understand? I like to laugh, it makes me feel good, it gives me ALL of the feels, so what's so wrong with that? You laugh guys, you laugh all you want, because it's so damn good for your psychological well-being!

2. Start a talking therapy - What better way to improve your psychological well-being, than to do something psychology related! Booking that first appointment will be hard going at first, but once you get into the swing of it and attend a few sessions, you really will start to see the benefits. Your therapist can help you to organise your negative thoughts and feelings and develop a plan to help you to start to achieve the most out of life in a much more positive way.

3. Go on...indulge - Just a little - you know you want to! I know that some would say indulging in things that are not always 100% good for you, can have negative consequences on your psychological well-being. And while this can be true, it never hurts to indulge in these things every once in a while - it's all about finding a balance. So yeah - have that Netflix - bed bound day, filled with ALL of the junk food and ALL of the gin (if that's your kind of thing - or maybe that's just me!) and just enjoy, enjoy life - even if it is just for a day!

5. Don't repress - Repression is the source of all evil in psychological well-being. While you may think that pushing all of your hidden emotions to the back of your mind was a great idea at the time, a few years down the line, you'll soon realise it wasn't! Repression can sometimes lead to further and even bigger mental health problems. For example that, niggling feeling of fear over travelling on a train you keep shoving to the back of your mind every day, can lead to pent up feelings of anxiety over danger which can lead to disorders such as OCD, developing obsessions involving fear of attack and compulsions of being overcautious and continuous checking. Repression is a never-ending psychological chain that has no positive link, so try to do as little of this as possible!

4. Don't dwell on things - With that being said, don't dwell on things. The things that are a minor issue to you at the present moment do not warrant your time and so you shouldn't give it the time of day! I used to worry about so many things; finances, studies, personal relationships etc. and it used to really eat my mind up and led me to becoming stressed, touchy and really down about every little thing. The more I learned to ignore those things that really did not need to be worried about, I started to feel a lot better. My head felt a lot lighter, my heart a little more free and my psychological well-being a lot more happier!

As always guys, thank you so much for reading! Until next time, I'm...

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  1. This was a much needed post! I know we tell ourselves it's beneficial to look after ourselves, but actually putting it into practice is much harder. Thanks for the reminder! XO -Kim

    1. Yes exactly, it's so easy to become complacent with just letting our wellbeing take a back seat, but it really is so important! Thank you for commenting lovely! I hope you are well, I need to have a catch up with your blog very soon! :)

      Heather Xx


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