I have always thought of myself to be happy and healthy, but I recently realized that happy and healthy is the lifestyle I want and haven’t exactly achieved yet. I have been reflecting on my mental health by analyzing my behavior the past few months and came to the conclusion that I was very stressed and anxious. I noticed that I would get snappy and irritated really quickly. I began to worry that I would upset someone I care about or say something I didn’t mean. It wasn’t like me to get angry over the little things and my perfectionism was starting to annoy me. Behavior always reflects what is going on in your brain, you just have to crack the code. You know yourself best so you need to spend some time reflecting on your behavior towards others.
We are under a lot of unnecessary stress these days and it is affecting our health, mentally and physically. You are probably stressed and don’t even know it; that’s what happened to me. People would always tell me that I need to relax a little, but I didn’t understand why they were telling me this because I felt normal. I like to thrive under stress, but I guess I didn’t realize that this isn’t the healthiest way to live.
A few years ago I jumped on board with the whole meditation craze and took the time to meditate every day. It definitely worked for me and got me to stop overthinking, but this apparently wasn’t my issue. There are so many different types of meditation, but at the time I didn’t realize. The only type of meditation I knew of was the kind that the app on my phone taught me how to do. After taking a theology course at my college, I learned about all the different types of yoga and meditation from different cultures. There are even studies on a specific meditation called mindful meditation where it can help relieve pain as you accept and become aware of your body. This is very similar to the meditation that I do.
When I meditate I focus on physically relaxing my body. I hold a lot of tension in my body when I am stressed and it was causing me physical health issues. Relaxing the body relaxes the mind and vise versa. I noticed that when I started forcing my body to relax I wasn’t as easily annoyed throughout the day and didn’t find myself snapping at people. I also noticed that my physical health improved a lot as well as my mental health. I consider myself a worrier and found that didn’t worry as much.
This type of meditation might not work for you, but I would highly consider meditating in general. Our mental health is the most important thing to take care of. Our minds control everything in our body, so when stress is put on the mind, it is also put on the body.