The state of our mind seems to be the driving force of our everyday actions. Guiding us in and out of our emotions, it is important we prioritize our mental health or our mental hygiene. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, mental hygiene is the science of maintaining mental health. In a way a bit more exciting, mental hygiene is the upkeep of our minds allowing us to achieve a higher quality of living.
As we dance around this idea, we ask ourselves how do we practice and achieve this sort of mental hygiene? Personally, I've been able to narrow down three key practices that promote mental hygiene, which include meditation, positivity, and gratitude. Although these could be different for yourself, I imagine this to be a great starting place, regardless.
Step 1: Meditation
First, a practice overlooked by the greater population, meditation. Provided by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, meditation is the engagement in contemplation or reflection. Allowing a separation between your mind and body, we reach a moment I like to refer to as headspace. Headspace is a cornerstone in serving as a guide to understanding the "current self."
In this moment, we find our life at ease. With no real worries, we are able to release anything within and feel a sense of refreshment. This allows forward thinking thoughts and which in turn entices positive thinking. Meditation is a great first step in practicing and mastering your mental hygiene as it is something that only requires a minimal amount of time per day.
Step 2: Positivity
Next, we take a dive into the idea of positivity. Positivity roots from programming your brain for happiness. To design our brains to work in such a manner, it is important we allow the mind to be open. Reluctant to closing anything or anyone off, this allows us to exert and receive all positive the energy needed. Luckily, this is a quality that has an instant reciprocation.
With providing love, support, and encouragement to others, it is only habitual that we receive this in return. More importantly, positivity comes down to your thoughts and actions. It tends to serve as a way to dictate the reality around you. As stated by Steve Maxwell in an interview with Joe Rogan, "Your current reality is based on the sum total of your positive and negative thoughts. The vibe you put out is the vibe you attract." Whether that is received in the same form, or not, we cannot discount the benefits positivity returns as long as you give.
Step 3: Gratitude
Lastly, we can tie the previous practices and this one, gratitude, together to provide for a well rounded mental hygiene. For me, practicing gratitude or taking note of your gratitudes is something every single person needs to do. If you start to think of everything great in your life, it is seriously a lot. It is so much, you have now realized you probably haven't taken the proper time to be grateful for all of it.
Not only is it important to be grateful for your surroundings, but it is also vital that we express gratitude. It is very simple, gratitude makes us feel all around good. Having benefits in emotions, personality, health, and your career it is almost mind boggling to avoid this practice. From appreciating the small things to the most important, and all the friends in between, gratitude provides for happiness within the body and mind.
If we continually practice mental hygiene using these three practices, we can promote a healthier mind of our own. With this healthy mind, we can directly improve the quality of life we live and the life of those around us. What could be better than that? To be honest, I am not really sure.