"Not everyone has a mental illness, but everyone has mental health.
It's your responsibility to take care of your mental health."
- Andrea Nguyen
The word anxiety comes from the latin word anxieat, which means trouble in the mind about an uncertain event. It also has the Greek root, anxo, which means to squeeze tight or strangle.
Depression is described as feeling down, unhappy, miserable, irritated and may include negative perceptions of the world, others and self. Most of us will feel like this at one time or another in our lives for short periods.
Being able to achieve your goals is a proud feeling of having done something difficult and worthwhile. But if a plan doesn't work, you should be flexible and change your plan to complete your goals. Don't give up!
Empathy is the ability to put yourself in another’s shoes. It is understanding the person’s situation from their perspective, often resulting in compassion. People often confuse empathy with sympathy, when in fact empathy goes beyond the feeling of concern and instead embodies a shared feeling of what the person is going through.
Finding our strengths can sometimes be difficult because we may define strength according to what the world tells us. What we may not realise is that everyone’s path and definition of strength is different. By finding and gaining your own strength that you find value and comfort in, we become more confident both in ourselves and all that we do.
Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one already has, rather than what one wants. It is to recognize that something good was provided to us without us doing anything special. It is the recognition that this was given to us without expectation of return.
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The ability to regulate our emotions helps keep us in check such that we don’t regret the things we say out of pique. By becoming more aware of how we’re feeling, we are able to come up with strategies to help us react appropriately in different situations.
Life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations and demands. Stress is common. It can help you perform better in an appropriate amount, but if in excessive amount, it may harm your body and mind. What is important is to know when your stress limit is reached, and you need to relax and find ways to manage them.
Self-care is an important aspect to living a happy and meaningful life. Oftentimes we may get too caught up with achieving certain goals in life or we focus too much on taking care of ourselves physically that we forget to take care of our mental health. Hence, it is important to pay more attention to taking care of ourselves.