Remember the last time you went to see a mental health professional? Have you been treating your mental health as seriously as you have your physical health?
Per the Vedic literature, “Your own mind is your best friend and your worst enemy.”
Simply said, mental fitness means having a healthy mind, which encompasses the components of happiness and satisfaction, emotional balance, empathy, and morality. One of the most essential manifestations of mental fitness is that we practice self-care.
The first things that leap to mind when we hear the word ‘fitness’ are likely related to exercise, a healthy diet, hydrating, or consuming more greens. No doubt, physical health is crucial, but mental health is as important in sustaining or achieving a healthy and happy lifestyle. Especially during this pandemic’s challenging periods, mental fitness could be even more significant than physical fitness.
Fitness and mental health are inextricably linked. Disturbance in one has an impact on the other. Exercise, for example, has a psychological influence on us and enhances our emotions, but being physically healthy does not imply being mentally fit.
Mental illness is intrinsically linked to fatigue, and chronic tiredness can readily lead to physical health deterioration. Those suffering from any chronic physical ailment are more likely to experience psychological anguish than healthy people. Poor physical health increases the likelihood of depression, as do social and relationship issues, which are prevalent among chronically vulnerable patients.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” This holds true in the context of mental fitness and well-being.
People who lack mental fitness can’t focus on even the most mundane tasks, can find life meaningless, and often have social anxiety, which means they don’t want to interact with others. A lack of mental fitness also leads those to worry excessively, and therefore lack confidence.
Among the many possible contributing factors include a repetitive lifestyle, disconnection from oneself, a lack of self-awareness, relationship problems, or any unresolved emotional experiences.
Consider your subconscious mind to be a storehouse for every experience you have ever encountered throughout your lifetime, whether you’re aware of it or not. Experiences stored in your subconscious mind follow you throughout your life. To live a long, psychologically healthy life that is also important to our physical health, we must clear up unresolved emotional experiences.
Key benefits of mental fitness include improved mindfulness, optimism, and cognitive function. Additional confidence, and higher quality sleep are also related benefits of mental fitness.
Simple daily practises can be incorporated to maintain a healthy mind. This can range from playing with your children in the garden, to spending quality time with your significant other at the local playground, or even walking over to a coworker’s desk instead of sending an email.
Steps to improving mental fitness can also include seeking the support of friends and family when needed, and writing your thoughts on a piece of paper to release unwanted emotions from your mind. These daily practises and steps establish strong roots of acceptance and awareness, a thankful attitude, and self-acceptance.
At RAKxa, we place a high value on mental fitness. We have collaborated with specialists to create therapies to enhance mental and well-being. Ayurveda is one of the holistic therapies we provide, along with mindfulness meditation, Pranayama, Mano Maya, Singing Bowl, and Indian Healing Hands Therapy. Our Rebalance Body & Mind retreat package offers de-stress treatment through restorative mindfulness practice.