In today’s mental health wellness newsletter…
Dr. Puja looks at a very important factor that determines good mental wellness: Resilience.
Well, hello and good morning to you. Today, I’m going to give you another question that you’re going to start asking yourself to figure out:
Are you in a place of good mental wellness?
And yes, look, the key here is for you to be in a state of good mental wellness. You have to be able to measure it. You have to be able to calibrate it, and then you have to know what to do if your mental balance is off.
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So for today’s question, you need to very simply and clearly ask yourself, Am I feeling down depressed or hopeless as I’m going about my day?
Yeah, look, so we know that this is a very tough and direct question. It can be kind of intimidating to be so blunt with yourself. We don’t worry about it because what we’re learning here together is that to manage your mental wellness, it’s we have to be able to ask ourselves questions and then we have to be able to find the right answers.
So, friend, how are you feeling today? Are you feeling down, depressed or hopeless?
If you’re feeling down, depressed or hopeless, press here if you’re feeling down depressed or hopeless. Press here. If you’re feeling somewhat OK, press here.
While like always no big deal. That’s what we’re here for. It’s not a big frickin thing. We’re going to get through this together. Look, your traditional
answer is of taking time for self-care, calling your friend, talking to a loved one, exercising and on and on and on. All of these things still apply.
But what I’m bringing forth to you to consider is from now on, I’d like you to identify all of the moments where you feel like you’re not feeling well
and then measure how many times were you able to bounce back from those situations?
In medicine, we have a very specific term for this, and this term is called resilience.
Resilience measures your ability to bounce back when your mind is in a negative state of mind.
The reality, of course, is that we can’t be 100% every single day of the year. So what resilience helps you to do is it allows you to focus on how quickly and how often you’re able to bounce back from a place of a negative mental space by knowing how often you are resilient.
You can actually become more productive. Keeping track of these answers actually allows you to improve your quality of life. So if you find over and over that, you’re not able to be so resilient. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Don’t beat yourself up. It may actually be time for you
to go and reach out and speak to your health care provider.
Let them know that you aren’t being so resilient, especially over the last two weeks or so. Let them know that you’re having a difficult time bouncing back. This is going to start the conversation correctly and positively. And I believe that you’re going to be in a better mental space.
Seek help when you need it. Otherwise, keep an eye on how often you’re able to bounce back. Life is going to have its ups and downs.