Mental fitness is about living your life in the easiest and most satisfying way. It is also your ability to cope with life challenges, whether simple or difficult. Your mental fitness entails how you maintain your school work, relationship with a classmate, the opposite sex, and your personal development.
Why is Mental Fitness Important?
When you are healthy, your body is prevented from health conditions like heart diseases and diabetes.
In order to keep fit mentally, there are essential things that you must do:
1. Invest in healthy habits
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” Will Durant
You need healthy habits to maintain mental fitness.
Healthy habits can include:
- Avoiding junks
- Exercising daily
- Drinking enough water daily
- Read at least one book in a week
- Study your books for at least one hour a day.
2. Never joke with sleep
Research says that you should sleep at least 8 – 10hours daily, and I cannot overemphasize the importance of sleep.
3. Spend quality time chilling out
I avoided the word ‘rest’ in this context, because it may sound too official or for professionals. Find ways to chill out; go and see a movie. Do yourself a favour of knowing ways to chill out.
4. Goal setting
So many teenagers do not see a need for setting goals. Here are a few reasons why you need to set goals:
- It helps you to accomplish things within a speculated period
- It enables you to track your growth
- It is easy for you to make your budget towards your goal
- It helps you plan concerning the future
- It enables you to build characters that will help you have a successful adulthood.
5. Develop your communication skills
I watched a weekly show on Trybe TV where an eleven-year-old boy was interviewed. The boy’s name is Kareem Waris Olamilekan, the boy who drew President Emmanuel Macron, France President.
During the interview, I thought I was the only one who watched how confident and outspoken this boy was until my mum said she admires his confidence and eloquence. You can also be outspoken, you need to develop better ways to ask questions without fidgeting.
6. Work on your interpersonal relationship
How do you shake the opposite sex?
How do you address the opposite sex?
How do you compliment your friend without saying the wrong words?
A relationship is an Essential tool for growth and self-development. You need people around you. You need friends, families, acquittance. Work on it.
Learn to talk to strangers.
Learn to start a conversation beyond the ‘good morning and good evening’.
Learn to address your leaders and parents in public.
7. Learn to deal with your stress before it deals with you
Do you know you are at risk of developing peptic ulcer disease, heart problems if you have untreated stress? Stress can be managed.
- Have a to-do list
- Make use of schedules and time management
- Understand the meaning of time.
Maintaining mental fitness is necessary and while you can be told many things that you must do to have a mental fit life somewhere else, these 7 points are helpful and enough.
Learn to develop the habit of practicing new things to be a better teenager. I mentioned habits in my points earlier, find good habits and start them. Keep them.
Mental fitness is all you need to be creative, alive and lively in your daily activities.
Will you choose to do the right thing to live mentally fit? How else do you take care of your mental health?
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