Your mind is a powerful thing. Taking control of that power is the key to living a happy, healthy and fulfilling life.
Of course, this isn't always easy. We've looked at how you can manage your mental health in three areas that can often be challenging:
, we've put together some expert tips that can help you maintain a positive outlook and create healthy relationships with these key pillars in your life.
It's vital to maintain a healthy relationship with your work. Letting it run wild can lead to stress and anxiety, which can have a serious impact on your long-term health. If you're concerned, try the following:
There are so many ways work can be stressful. You could be under pressure from tight deadlines and long hours. You might feel that you're not paid enough, worry about poor relationships with your co-workers, or simply realise that your chosen career isn't making you happy any more.
Dr Krishan has a way to deal with this. â€œReflect on why these things are causing you stress. What can you do to make it less stressful? Sometimes it's the simple things that can make a big impact.â€
In practice, this could involve:
â€œThis is exceptionally important,â€ says Dr Krishan. â€œA healthy work/life balance allows a healthy state of mind. Reflect on your typical week and ask if you have enough time to yourself.â€
Not happy with what you've found? Only you can change it. Find a job with a better balance, or make sure you find time to relax when you get home. Even if you love your job, it's important not to let it rule your life.
We all know we should eat a healthy diet, but in practice it can be hard. After a long day at work, the idea of cooking a nutritious meal simply might not seem appealing compared to a faster, less healthy option.
Unfortunately, a bad diet can have a negative impact on your health and give you a low opinion of yourself. The good news is that there are ways to combat this.
If you're struggling with your diet, the one thing you mustn't do is ignore it.
Dr Krishan advises: â€œThe moment you realise you're not happy, act on it! There's so much help available, so tap into it.â€
A large part of this will involve identifying the underlying cause of your eating habits. In some cases, it can be a symptom of a problem with your mental health, so it's important to see a doctor and address this.
Of course, there are some options you shouldn't pursue...
Here, we turn to Push Doctor nutritionist Will Hawkins for advice. â€œDon't fall into the trap of fad diets,â€ he says. â€œThey don't work, and when the promised effect doesn't happen, it can leave you feeling like a failure.â€
â€œMany people go on a diet to lose weight, but remember that this shouldn't necessarily be your aim. Setting a goal like this means you're more tempted to take short cuts. Simply enjoying a balanced diet will improve your wellbeing, and a healthy weight will be a by-product of this.â€
It's natural to feel guilty after you've indulged a little. A cheeky snack at your desk, a Friday night takeaway, or choosing a carb-rich, high fat dish when you're out with friends can all make us feel bad about ourselves.
However, as Dr Krishan explains, the odd â€˜cheat day' isn't the end of the world. â€œWe all indulge sometimes. It's when the occasional treat becomes a daily habit that problems develop. Don't dwell on it, move on.â€
Are you your own biggest critic? Many of us will be familiar with that little voice in the back of our minds, filling our thoughts with doubt and negativity. It's all too easy to compare yourself unfavourably with others, or dwell on past mistakes.
The trick is to silence this voice. Of course, it's easier said than done, but there are ways to manage your mind.
In this age of social media, it's all too easy to compare yourself unfavourably with friends and colleagues.
People tend to post a very filtered version of their lives on social media. This can give the impression that their life is great compared to yours, whereas they actually have the same problems and worries as you.
According to Dr Krishan, it's a societal problem. â€œWe're raised with expectations to be a certain way and society is driven by preconceived opinions of how people should look, feel and act. However, societal and cultural shifts in attitude. Individuality is becoming the new cool.â€
In other words, being yourself is enough.
â€œProblems can only be solved when they're externalised,â€ says Dr Krishan. Talking to people can certainly help. If it's something that you feel would help, you should see a doctor about it.
But it's far from the only solution. If you don't like the idea of sharing, Dr Krishan recommends writing as a powerful tool. â€œWriting down whatever comes to mind is incredible self-therapy. Keep a journal of your days just for you.â€
â€œI always end my day by writing down three things that I'm grateful for. It doesn't always come easily, but I can always find at least three and end my day with a smile.â€
If you're having negative thoughts, you don't have to accept the situation. It isn't easy, but doing something about it will make you feel better in the long term.
â€œThe first step is always being able to tune in and recognise something bad is going on in your head.â€
â€œTake a minute of silence 3-4 times a day and literally just breathe. When you slow down and breathe, you'll notice how your mind starts to talk. Recognition is key and willingness to change things and feel happier is when magic happens.â€
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