Three Steps You Can Take Towards Understanding Your Mental Health

With more open conversations happening now than ever before regarding mental health and mental illness, many people are eager to educate themselves on how they can best understand and control their own mental health.

In this post, we’ve put together a few top tips on where to find the best and most useful information, and how to navigate your way through it. 

  1. Read Helpful Books and Blogs:

It can be much easier to understand your own mental health and mental illnesses through educating yourself on what’s really going on. There are an endless amount of self-improvement and self-help books out there, and it’s really up to you what you think will help the most.

It is obviously useful to read up on non-fiction books that can educate you on the science behind mental health, or the best tips to control any problems. 

However, many people find it equally as beneficial, and much more escapist, to stimulate thoughts about mental health through reading fiction. It might not be your first thought when it comes to educating yourself, but we can learn a lot through fiction without really realising it. Literary technique or not, a significant amount of books focus on a protagonist who is struggling from mental illness, and delve into the complexities of the situation throughout the narrative.

Reading a situation from an outsider’s perspective often allows us to assess things which may be similar to our own lives with more clarity. 

  1. Mental Health First Aid Courses:

Another way to achieve a deeper understanding of your own mental health, as well as that of others, is through MHFA courses.

These courses teach you to recognise mental health problems and triggers, as well as the best ways to find help for specific situations. They also offer invaluable advice on how to approach others and start a conversation with others who may be suffering.

A huge variety of adult MHFA Courses are available both online and in-person, and can be completed for a very reasonable price.

  1. Listen To Topical Podcasts:

The podcast market is definitely booming at the minute, with over 1.75 million being available in 2021. Unsurprisingly, a considerable amount of these podcasts are aimed at people who wish to learn more about their mental health and achieve self-improvement.

With such a huge amount available, you really can find a podcast for any niche of mental health if you look for it. One of the best podcasts is The Positive Psychology Podcast, or if you’re stretched for time then Meditation Minis can be great to control your mood. 

There are endless resources available out there that you can utilise to better understand your own personal mental illness, as well as mental health as a whole.

If you are struggling with a particular illness or concern, then educating yourself on the science behind what is actually happening, and how best to handle it, can be the best way to keep it in control.