How well do you understand how to protect your mental wellbeing? These are trying times, unless you take positive action to take care of your emotional and psychological health, you could be at risk.

Mental wellbeing doesn’t come about by accident, and the world we have created can easily threaten the balance we rely on to stay resilient and healthy. But there is plenty you can do to bolster your mental wellbeing; you can identify the things that threaten it and protect yourself with simple, daily practices to help you look after your mental health.

The obvious habits to check are to eat healthily and take regular exercise. Then, there are some less well-known factors that often go overlooked.

How about the all-important human need for appreciation and validation, or the vital support you get from friends and family? These don’t just happen by themselves. Unless we look after the habits that protect our mental health they can quickly become ‘things we used to do’, rather than the daily habits that protect us.

Simple tasks to protect your mental wellbeing

The list of things you can do to protect your psychological health health doesn’t end there. For example, How many of these questions can you answer “Yes” to?

  • I exercise regularly.
  • I get regular, quality sleep.
  • I feel socially supported. 
  • I have a hobby or outside interest.
  • I can manage my stress levels.
  • I can switch off and relax easily. 
  • It’s not so complicated, is it?

A positive step

I’ll soon be publishing a class entitled Protect Your Mental Wellbeing, one of a range of new video classes on my online school. I’ll be sharing my top tips keep yourself mentally fit and resilient. Register with my school and I’ll let you know as soon as the new class launches. 

Healthy mind and body

If you seriously want to protect your mental wellbeing, the first positive step is to move it up your agenda. 

Remember the words of the Roman poet Juvenal who coined the famous phrase ‘Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano’ — “You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body”. These are wise words, but praying might not be enough; you also have to DO something, so act now and prioritise your mental wellbeing.