Positive self-talk, intellectual ability, reasoning, logic, decision making, rationality, intelligence, memory. To be able to think through something, make sense of things, figure stuff out, resolve, reflect, look back upon, look forward to…
There are many important abilities that make up your mental health. These include making good decisions and using memory, logic, and reason. While you need to determine how large a role emotion plays on each decision you make, it’s the mental health aspect that allows you to organize the decision making process.
Life requires that you think situations through, come to conclusions and assessments, and formulate action plans. You make judgments and form opinions to define your position on certain issues, people and circumstances. To do this well, it is important for you to look backwards into your own past and reflect upon events and experiences. This process makes you wiser and gives merit to your own history. It gives you a foundation for behavior change, should you not like what you see, and acknowledges the goodness of you, if you do. Looking back requires memory and a set of values against which you define your world.
Looking into the future, imagining what you wish to create and envisioning a dream are also aspects of the mental health processes. Setting goals, organizing your activities to meet deadlines on the road to meeting those goals, and remembering to pat yourself on the back when you achieve them, all involve mental health.
Many people struggle to maintain mental health because our environments are literally bursting with information and stimulation. It is easy to see how one might become overwhelmed.
What happens when you don’t get rest?
- Your mind becomes unclear
- Decisions become harder
- Reason and logic are not as accessible
- Emotional reactions take their place
- You become stressed and overwhelmed
- You are less able to enjoy life
One of the most effective ways to combat this is through resting the mind and the body.
Human history has never experienced a time of so much mental activity. Life has always been simpler. There were fewer decisions to make and not as many options to consider. The amount of energy that you use to digest all the information around you today is tremendous. As a result, your mind can become fatigued and tired. It needs rest and quiet. There are many reasons why the use of mood altering medications, such as anti-anxiety and anti-depressants, are becoming widespread. Too many people are getting sick from constant overstimulation of the mind.
Calming and healing your mind so that it can perform the important processes of reasoning, goal setting, organizing one’s time and thoughts, remembering and digesting memories, and all the other jobs that it does, must be done deliberately. It won’t “just happen”. You need to create little blocks of time that relieve the mind of its burdens. Many people use television. While this isn’t ideal, it makes sense and it is partially effective. Getting hooked on a TV show does block out everything else going on; it stimulates a particular brainwave state that can feel calming. But there are more effective ways to relax the mind and give it a rest.
Use fewer sense organs at once. For example, listening to music uses your ears, reading a book uses your eyes. Activities that allow you to focus on the use of one sense organ allow your mental processes to rest. Also, focusing attention on your body relieves the mind. Getting exercise and pulling your mental attention into your body can give the brain a much needed break.