Our mind is the most valuable resource we have. It can withstand so much, including the burden of stress that we put ourselves through every day and difficult life situations that exhaust us.
Yet, we let our mind heal on its own, not truly considering it as an important part of our well-being. We pay more attention to our physical health, disregarding the fact that mental health and physical health depend on each other.
Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and a licensed clinical social worker, argues that people disregard their emotional well-being because mental health is still a stigma in our society. In her article “Why We Should Treat Mental Health Like Physical Health”, she says:
Some people think that the term ‘mental strength’ is somehow offensive. However, I don’t think that this term is any more offensive than ‘physical strength. Nevertheless, claims like this demonstrate how pervasive the idea is that mental health is somehow a weakness.
Misunderstanding the importance of mental health is the reason why we disregard our psychological and emotional well-being when going through difficult times.
Nonetheless, when we go through difficult life experiences, this is a chance for us to reconnect with our emotional side and take care of our mental health, which can be a rewarding experience.
Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at how you can add this rewarding experience to your life.
Here’s how you keep psychologically and emotionally balanced during difficult times.
1. Try Mindfulness Meditation to Stay Emotionally Balanced
We often become the victims of our thoughts without even realising it. Our thoughts are influenced by our past or current experiences, often overwhelming us and bringing even more stress.
If you catch yourself being victimised by your memories and thoughts, it’s time to hit pause and learn how you can become more aware.
One of the methods to practise awareness is mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness itself is an approach that makes you bring more attention to the experiences that are disturbing to you at the present moment. Thus, mindfulness meditation is a practice that allows you to be more conscious of:
- Your current state of mind
- Current emotions
- Current experiences that caused these emotions and your current state of mind
The beauty of mindfulness meditation is in its freedom. You don’t have to sit like a yogi and make an “ommmm” sound.
You can practise mindful meditation when laying on your couch, brushing your teeth, or cooking dinner. All you have to do is concentrate on a thought or an emotion you’re experiencing at a given moment and learn how to let it go.
“Why should I pay even more attention to the things that caused my psychological and emotional imbalance?”, you might ask.
It’s a fair question. However, the task of mindfulness meditation is not to let you overthink your current difficulties. It’s aimed at helping you find a coping mechanism that will both put your mind to rest and allow you to become more emotionally balanced.
2. Practise Acceptance
There are tons of resources on the practice of acceptance online. But there’s one video that many people claim having on repeat every single day (just read the comments under it). It’s a video done by Kati Morton, a certified therapist and a YouTuber.
In this video, Kati describes radical acceptance, which is a distress tolerance skill that helps us cope with overwhelming emotions. And, when a person is going through difficult times, experiencing these emotions can make their life miserable.
So, radical acceptance is a tool or a coping mechanism that a person can learn to deal with overwhelming emotions and bring them to balance. Radical acceptance is a distraction tool that helps to stop thinking about going through difficult times and switch attention to something more positive.
Here’s how you practise radical acceptance:
- Choose something that will distract you from the difficulties you’re going through. This ‘something’ should bring you positive emotions.
- Hang on to this positive experience until your attention is completely switched from your negative experience.
Here’s what is going to happen. After switching to more positive emotions, you’ll find it easier to find a solution for your negative experience. Thus, radical acceptance allows you to look at the situation from a different angle and interpret it differently. This is a good strategy to bring balance to your emotions.
Here’s what you need to remember. Mindfulness meditation and radical acceptance aren’t mutually exclusive. Rather, they work together to bring balance back into your life during difficult times.
3. “Sound Mind in a Sound Body” Approach
Oftentimes, when we experience stress, our body starts suffering too. And if you’re going through tough times, you should be aware of what stress can do to your body.
If you’re dealing with difficult life situations, let it be a signal for you that it’s time to hit pause and unwind. This doesn’t mean that you have to stay in bend 24/7.
Keeping emotionally balanced often depends on how you treat your body and how active you are. Taking some time off to take care of your body and mind, enjoying new experiences, going for a jog in the morning and taking extra hours of sleep – all these strategies can help you bring balance and peace to your mind.
The Bottom Line
All of us go through difficult times. However, this is not a case for us to continue being a hamster in a wheel, completely disregarding our physical and emotional well-being.
If you’re going through difficult times, it’s a reminder for you to start taking care of yourself, especially when it comes to your mental health. Hopefully, these tips will inspire you to practise self-care more and guide you through the difficult situation you’re experiencing.
Kate Kohm is a passionate writer who likes sharing her thoughts and experience with the readers. Currently, she works at Flatfy. She likes everything related to self-improvement and travelling.