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Mental Health Tips: How to Look at the Glass Half Full

Optimism is the key to living a happier lifestyle. In a world full of struggles, stressors, and unknown outcomes it is very hard to consistently choose to keep a positive mindset. Anxiety and deep thoughts tend to take over and I want to guide you in a totally different direction. Once you master optimistic thinking your whole perspective on life will change. Activities or errands that you once hated will become much more enjoyable. Little parts of your life will have greater meaning. I am here today with researched and practiced tips and tricks to help create the most fulfilled life that you could possibly have!

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” 

Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

Time & Effort

This isn’t a sudden transformation and you’re not going to wake up one day and just be happier. That’s not how this works, and you can’t expect instantaneous results. You have to redirect the way your brain thinks. That comes with time, effort, and energy. It is proven by experts that a pessimist’s brain can be wired to have an optimistic mindset within 21 days. Research proves that humans tend to think social problems and the state of the world is actually worse than it is. That’s why I am here to relay some tips to help you see all the good in the world! No one ever said being happy was easy, but it is completely worth it once you get there. 

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“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

5 Tips to Become an Optimist

Changing your negative mindset will bring you much more happiness and positivity. The energy you put out into the world is the energy you receive.

  1. Stop Comparing Yourself
    • The majority of humans can now access pictures, profiles, and the lives of other people that they had no clue even existed. Social media has made this possible and I challenge you to realize that social media is everyone’s ‘best life’. All individuals go through struggles every day. Don’t compare yourself to someone that looks happy on Instagram because in reality they probably aren’t. 
  2. Change Your Focus
    • If you continue to constantly look at the glass half empty and ponder about all the negative parts of your life you’re going to be extremely unhappy. If you change your mindset and begin to think of all the things you are grateful for you will see a sudden shift in your mindset and well-being. 
  3. Look for Positive Signs
    • Identifying signs of goodness from the universe in states of the unknown are ways to stay positive. Finding a ladybug, a penny, or seeing something you believe is some sort of message from the universe are all great ways to stay optimistic. 
  4. Detach from Outcomes
    • When all expectations are set aside you are setting yourself up to be much happier. When you aren’t completely set on a scenario playing out a certain way you will appreciate the outcome much more. If an opportunity passes you will know a much better one is on its way. Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it. 
  5. Focus on the Possibilities
    • It is absolutely not possible to lead a more fulfilled life if you’re always focused on the negatives and impossibilities. Instead shifting your thought process to thinking about all the great possibilities and exciting outcomes in your life will overall be a healthier and happier process. Rewiring the way you think will eventually bring you into an optimistic state. 

Optimism comes from within. If you are ready to be happy, optimism will follow. Re-wiring your mindset can help you see your life as half full and that’s the best gift you could ever receive. 

Sources

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/glass-half-full

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5458589/How-optimist-21-days.ht

ttps://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/optimism

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Mental Health Tips: How to Stay Calm in a Stressful Situation

In the state of the world we live in today, it is extremely hard to avoid high-stress situations. At this point in time, I believe most people have accepted stressful situations to be a repetitive and unfortunate part of their lives. Since we already covered Simple Tools to Get Through the Day I thought it was about time we start discussing how to cope with high-pressure situations. Anxiety and stress are mental health issues that can be heightened in these specific situations, but they can also be dealt with. Staying calm within high-stress situations is a superpower that all humans deserve to have. Luckily I am here to give you some tips on how to make these situations much more relaxed and enjoyable.

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” 
― Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

Defining a High-Stress Situation

Many humans have different opinions on what a ‘high-stress’ situation could be. Today we will be utilizing the definition that a high-stress situation tends to make everything seem worse. In a high-pressure or stressful situation, feelings of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure are heightened. An example of a high-pressure situation would be a job interview or a harsh deadline at work. Personally in this type of situation, I tend to sweat and shake. Everyone’s individual nervous system reacts differently towards high-stress situations and I will share some trusted tips to help your body adapt to what it needs in order to relax and stay calm. 

“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

5 Tips to Stay Calm in High-Pressure Situations

Use these tips to relax in stressful situations. Stress doesn’t have to ruin your life

  1. Remain Positive
    • Always remember to give yourself positive affirmations. Self-love and positivity are extremely important when you are in an uncomfortable situation. Let’s say you get into a car accident on a very important day at work. In this scenario you should continuously remind yourself that “everything will work out”, “I am going to be okay”, or “this is a temporary situation.”
  2. Avoid Caffeine
    • This is a fact I feel a lot more people should be aware of! If you drink too much caffeine on a day you are feeling very stressed the caffeine stimulates your brain to feel even more overwhelmed. Basically what I learned is you should not drink coffee and opt for water on these types of expected days with high-pressure situations. 
  3. Lighten the Mood
    • Cracking jokes in high-stress situations can always be helpful. Saying something funny in the midst of a nerve-wracking scenario can release hormones to make you feel calmer. Laughter is truly the world’s best medicine. 
  4. Identify the Stressor
    • Establishing the main stressor in a situation can be very helpful in order to stay more relaxed. Once you analyze the source of your anxiety the actual task at hand will seem a lot less scary. 
  5. Decompress and Refrain
    • It is extremely important to take a step back from a situation that is bringing you so much stress. In these types of scenarios, it’s important to do something small to take your mind off of the stressors. Examples can be going for a walk, taking a drive, reading a book, or watching a movie. After “decompressing” you can then refrain. Your perspectives will generally be different after decompressing and you can see the situation in a whole new light. 

These 5 tips have been extremely convenient and useful for me in times of high stress. Definitely utilize these tools to stay calm, cool, and collected when stress normally seems to get the best of you!

Sources

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/stress

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/10-tricks-successful-people-use-stay-calm-stressful-situations.html

https://work.chron.com/handle-work-high-pressure-situations-4625.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-calm-down

https://www.wikihow.com/Be-Calm-in-a-Stressful-Situation

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/stress

By Zoelle

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Mental Health Tips: Simple Tools to Get Through the Day

Waking up each morning is supposed to be a joyful experience, but in reality, many humans struggle to get out of bed. I don’t want you to fear because I am here to give you a bunch of trusted tools to wake up in the morning and have a successful mental health day. Just like my previous blog soul-dogs-inc.org/mental-health-tips-easy-coping-mechanisms-to-relieve-stress/ I will share 5 tips that have been proven by professionals to reap great benefits on mental health and overall happiness. I will also discuss how Soul Dogs Inc has had a positive impact on the mental health of many of its clients. I am extremely excited to continue our mental health journey together. 

What is Considered Poor Mental Health?

Many of us tend to forget that a large amount of individuals experience poor mental health at one point or another throughout their lifetimes. Poor mental health is not equivalent to having mental illness. According to changeyourmind.org having poor mental health is defined as “Finding it difficult to manage how we think, feel, and act with respect to daily stresses.” Emotional intelligence plays a very important role when it comes to obtaining good mental health. When you are able to control your emotions you are able to think a lot more logically which leads to happier decision making. Happy decision making is one of the keys to having great mental health. 

5 Tips to Stay Happy Throughout the Day

Utilize these tips to ease yourself in stressful situations daily

  1. Remind Yourself
    • Most people don’t realize that the little things are what make us humans most happy. Leaving a simple motivational quote as the background on your phone can go a long way to increase your well-being throughout the day. Reading something as little as a quote can help you relieve stress and push you to strive for success in a happy manner
  2. Seek Happiness
    • Unfortunately, happiness doesn’t just appear in front of your face. If you wake up and feel that everything in your day is going wrong it is important to ‘seek’ happiness. This can be done by looking up a positive news article or watching a motivational video. This can also be done by offering small gestures of kindness when going about your daily routine. 
  3. Don’t Compare
    • This tip is definitely easier said than done, but I encourage you to worry about yourself. Social media and what others put online is a false reality and I never want you to forget that. Everyone goes through their own hardships and struggles. Just remember that you are individually doing your best and that’s all that matters. 
  4. Worry About Yourself
    • It’s hard to obtain a healthy mindset when your brain is filled with many worries and stresses. This is why it is extremely important and healthy to set aside some time. Whether that’s eating your favorite meal or watching your favorite show on TV before bed it is extremely important to treat yourself. 
  5. Be Kind to Others
    • It is scientifically proven when a person does good things they will feel more confident about themselves as a person. There is nothing like putting a smile on a human’s face. Examples can range from writing a nice note on your waiter’s receipt to helping out an old friend.

From personal experience, I believe these tools will create a healthy and happy mind. When practiced the right way you will see a better version of yourself bloom before you. 

Soul Dogs Inc and Mental Health

Soul Dogs Inc is a place where many individuals with an IDD come to work on different skills and their mental health. Soul Dogs Inc has proven through the usage of therapy and service animals that the mental health of individuals with IDD’s has increased rapidly. These individuals participate in group activities, excursions and different programs like ‘train the trainer’, where different parts of their brains are exercised. Growing social skills and job skills increases confidence and the overall mental health of these amazing humans. 

If you would like to learn more about mental health check out these links:

https://www.inreachinc.org/media-center/news-archive.html/article/2020/11/09/5-ways-to-stay-positive-in-trying-times?gclid=Cj0KCQjwhr2FBhDbARIsACjwLo3iJhH9IkHqJHyf6l11haEyNBmFD5JqiNyX91D1HL3DhiFd1qLzdv0aAkj0EALw_wcB

https://www.changeyourmindni.org/about-mental-health/what-is-poor-mental-health

By Zoelle

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Mental Health Tips: Easy Coping Mechanisms to Relieve Stress

This past year was not easy for anyone. 2020 was a year we all had to live with and grow through! Mental health issues skyrocketed as professionals had never seen before. The good thing is, there is always a way to cope with the bad in your life. This blog is solely for any individual looking for ways to live a happy and fulfilled life even though mental health has affected you at some point in time. I will be posting amazing tips about how to be successful in your mental health journey and how Soul Dogs Inc is a great environment for individuals to work on their mental health issues. 

What is Mental Health?

In recent times mental health has been easily confused with many other issues and illnesses. To make it less confusing mental health, defined by the World Health Organization, is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” This is a powerful definition that has many requirements to fulfill to obtain a “healthy mind”. Don’t sweat it though! I will be giving you the best tips in order for you to develop and keep a healthy mindset.

5 Tips to Develop or Keep a Healthy Mindset

Five mental health tips to ensure a great start to your day:

  1. Start Your Day Doing Something You Love.
    • This can mean so many different things to different people, but doing a small thing for yourself in the morning goes a very long way for your mental state. Something as little as grabbing your favorite Starbucks coffee or going on a mile run are ways to create a healthy mindset. 
  2. Work your Strengths
    • If you have a big to-do list to tackle for the day and you have stressed it is uberly important to ‘work your strengths’. This means that you will complete a task you know you’re good at first, to build self-confidence and self-appreciation. After it will be way easier to tackle the harder challenges on your list and you will be less stressed!
  3. Keep Your Bedroom Cool
    • The optimal temperature to sleep in is between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit! The reasoning behind this is because a part of your body’s sleep initiation process is cooling down and this specific temperature range is supposed to help your body hibernate quicker. A full good night’s sleep is a key component when it comes to a healthy mindset. 
    • https://www.mhanational.org/31-tips-boost-your-mental-health 
  4. Keep a Gratitude Journal
    • Every single morning it is important to physically establish on paper three things you are grateful for and three things you would like to accomplish that day. In doing so you are setting healthy goals and can look back on all the things that make you smile. Starting your day off on a positive note will only serve your mental health for the better.
  5. Take the Time to Laugh
    • This last tip sounds simple, but as adults sometimes we forget about all the hilarious and happy things within our lives. When you wake up in the morning I challenge you to laugh. Call an old hilarious friend, crack a joke here and there. Laughter is the best medicine for a healthy mindset. 

How Will Mental Health Affect You in the Future

In a blog titled Building Emotional Intelligence and Its Benefits, the author discusses that emotional intelligence is important to have inside and outside the workplace. It’s pretty funny because us humans never really know how our mental health will act up in the future, but with these tips every week I believe that you will see positive changes in your daily life. Soul Dogs Inc is a place where you can come and work on your mental health issues with the support of amazing staff and service animals. 

If you would like to learn more about mental health check out these links:

https://www.googleadservices.com/pagead/aclk?sa=L&ai=DChcSEwjMsYP91tPwAhXTPa0GHS6LB5sYABAAGgJwdg&ae=2&ohost=www.google.com&cid=CAESQOD21U9D1_N8VQZE_BsYmdjuuL410XhJa1vBhLt-ymmY0GZ3CkEvxjGYRifAAE_2iAITJ9ZOY3RLOHnHURyxdJs&sig=AOD64_3JWIwDU9RFGRFDqBsY3uxOIN2zAw&q&adurl&ved=2ahUKEwiptfn81tPwAhURac0KHRp6D5IQ0Qx6BAgDEAE&dct=1

https://www.mhanational.org/31-tips-boost-your-mental-health

By Zoelle