Topic – Mental Fitness
Best way to look after your mental fitness – know your real self and know what you need.
It makes sense really, doesn’t it? Knowledge is power – so if we know what our preferences are – we can work towards using that knowledge to choose a marvellous life?
No one else will benefit from this. Just you, which is 100% the goal here!
Here’s a few questions to start you thinking about your level of self-awareness:
When was the last time you engaged in an activity you walked away from taking you could take on the world?
When did you get so irritated by something that it made you ‘explode’ or ‘implode’ as the case may be?
Do you prefer your own time or to be surrounded by people and/or sounds?
What do you do to ‘recharge’?
How do you prefer to approach conflict?
How do you show people you appreciate them being in your life?
Once we are consciously aware of the way we prefer things to be, life is more likely to be marvellous! Decisions just get easier.
It is also important to remember – we should never stop learning about ourselves!!
While our basic values don’t tend to change much, our experiences do! And we know experiences can have profound effects on how we view the world. That’s why we need to keep checking in with ourselves to make sure the action we are taking, does indeed, line up with the person we are at that time.
These are a few great resources I can recommend to ‘check in’ with yourself
- Via Character – http://www.viacharacter.org – a free strength profiling website – you do a quick survey and in exchange for your email address, it gives you your results.
- Personality Plus – there are lots of great personality sorters out there – this is one I have used and recommend – such an interesting exercise! There is also a ‘for Parents’ version of this one – personally, it answered lots of questions for me as a mother!
- The Five Love Languages – a book, or I think there is an online version too, that profiles the way individuals prefer to give and receive ‘love’ – a must for anyone in a relationship!
Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list – but these are ones I’ve used and encourage you to check out to move along on the ‘knowing yourself’ path. ** I receive no endorsements – I just genuinely liked them and feel they could help other people too.
In terms of knowing what you need – knowing yourself usually informs this – if I’m someone who avoids crowds – a music festival isn’t going to be relaxing for me, or if I like to be alone and i live in a shared house, these don’t match up, do they?! You get the idea!
Please, be kind to yourself – be really conscious of knowing what makes you tick and take note of the positive effect on your mental fitness (and the moving closer to your marvellous life)!
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