There they go again – bludgeoning me with negative energy so strong, so powerful, so utterly destructive. I try to face the duel but it’s futile. I eschew the very thought of it but to no avail. They’re too strong for my gullible mind and my vulnerable heart. The inner demons, yet again, are triumphant.
How many of them are there? How long should I have to suffer? How do I know if I’ve reached my threshold? These are questions I bring into my deepest introspection. Questions which will never be answered – until I rectify my mindset and amend my actions.
Believe me when I say this but mental and emotional illnesses are insidious epidemics that will suck the life out of you. Drain all the positive energy from you until you are left bare and dry, dull – and defenceless.
I have had my fair share of mental and emotional highs and lows and it took me a while to circumvent through these conditions but I emerged exultantly. Do not get defeated by these insubstantial demons inside you. Fend them off by doing these 7 ways to battle with your inner demons and stay mentally and emotionally healthy.
1. Take a walk, inhale and move your body
If you are the type who hasn’t broken a sweat in a while, start now. If not now, when? Do not procrastinate the things that you can do today for there might not be another tomorrow. The key to a stable mind and a healthy heart is an active body. When your body is weak, it creates this ripple effect that terrorizes your mind and your heart – leaving you depressed and lonely. Go outside and move around. Better yet, get some fresh air and bask in the sun’s exuberance. Sunlight amplifies the serotonin production in the body, a chemical responsible for regulating our mood. Don’t you ever wonder why people closer to the beach are happier?
2. Cut out processed foods & takeaway meals.
Good food, good mood. Indeed, there is a direct connection between your diet and mental and emotional condition. Poor nutrition can lead to physical problems. Physical problems can lead to mental and emotional illnesses such as depression, mood swings, lethargy, or anxiety. If you want to nourish the mind, nourish the body first. Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein.
3. Stress is inevitable – learning how to manage it well, really helps.
Stress is good sometimes – if you know how to manage it. We have to accept the fact that we can’t and will never live an easy and challenge-free life. There will always be things that will upset us. That’s because we’re humans. If you don’t get affected by anything negatively, then that means you simply don’t care. If stress comes into your life, embrace it by doing relaxing activities such as meditating, yoga, massages, acupuncture, listening to music, hot showers, sunsets, sunrises, a bottle of beer, the list is endless.
4. If your workplace is toxic, find healthy ways to balance it.
If you have a job that’s too mentally and emotionally demanding, quit? Of course not! We all know how hard it is to find a job nowadays. Your job can get too hectic but THERE IS ALWAYS TIME IF YOU MAKE TIME. Ensure you have a work-life balance. A job that prohibits you from living is not a job at all, it’s hell and you want to get away from it as soon as possible. Pursue a new hobby, learn an instrument, spend time with friends and family. Anything that diverts you from your job from time to time.
5. Don’t beat yourself up too much.
Change starts within you. If you don’t treat yourself with respect and kindness, you will never feel happiness and satisfaction. Don’t criticize yourself too much. Give yourself a break. If you don’t value self-worth, then all those demons will hunt you for the rest of your life and you’ll feel miserable for eternity.
6. Lay low from toxic people.
Toxic people in your life offer nothing good to you. If you can, stay away from them. These are the kinds of people that will impede with your achievements and hinder you from personal growth and professional development hence, cripple you inside. Find others that will spark the positive light in you instead.
7. Talking feels nice. It really does.
If you feel that you are at your wits’ end, talk to someone. Your mom, sister, brother, a friend, a colleague or a therapist. Do not give in to how mental illness is being stigmatized by society. Don’t feel ashamed of feeling depressed, lonely, and demotivated. It just means you haven’t found the right time to bounce back yet. Let someone help you bounce back. Express yourself. Keeping everything inside will only make matters worse.
Mental health and emotional health are very crucial. If we don’t keep it stable, we will be like a walking time bomb; ready to explode any second. Take care of yourself. I know everyone has their own battles but with the right weapons and a steadfast support system, I know we can come out of every battle – victorious and resilient.
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