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Mental Health Warrior: Mindset Rule #1 – Prioritize Your Mental Health

Mindset Rules are powerful Mental Health Warrior weapons and one of the four essential components that form the foundation of a warrior’s power. And to ensure that we as warriors are always well prepared for the every challenge, there are 53 Mindset Rules that we can use. But there is no more important rule to embrace and follow daily than Mindset Rule #1 — Prioritize Your Mental Health. For it serves a dual purpose, all mindset rules do, to both remind of us certain truths that often get lost in the hectic pace of the day, that when brought to light will help us keep our emotions centered and us in control of the day. But the rules can also provide direction for the day and reward us with the benefits of their advice.

For as we go through our daily lives, we often neglect to give our mental health the attention and care it deserves. We prioritize our work, our relationships, and our responsibilities over our own mental well-being. This can lead to burnout, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

However, as we acknowledge, with Mindset Rule #1, the importance of our mental health we can start to prioritize it and make it a part of each day. This is a powerful first step in becoming a Mental Health Warrior.

To get you started, one way we can use Mindset Rule #1, is by beginning each day with a few moments of mindfulness. Before diving into your tasks, take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and set an intention to prioritize your mental health. This simple practice can help you establish a positive mindset and create a calm and focused foundation for the day ahead.

Another way we can use this mindset rule is by recognizing when we need to take a break. We may feel pressure to push through our work or other responsibilities, even when we are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. However, it is important to listen to our bodies and minds and take a break when we need it. This can mean stepping away from a stressful situation to recharge, or simply saying no to additional responsibilities.

Plus it is important to note that self-care doesn’t have to be time-consuming or extravagant. We can incorporate micro self-care moments throughout your day to nurture your mental well-being. It could be as simple as sipping a cup of tea mindfully, taking a short walk in nature during your lunch break, or practicing a quick stretching routine. These small acts of self-care can recharge your energy and provide moments of relaxation and rejuvenation.

We can also practice what I call mindful transitions as you move from one task to another. Between tasks take a few seconds to pause, check in with yourself, and let go of any stress or tension from the previous activity. This helps you reset your mental state and approach the next task with clarity and focus. Mindful transitions allow you to maintain a sense of calm throughout the day, enhancing your overall mental health.

Now overall we can use this mindset rule to remind ourselves prioritizing our mental health is not selfish or indulgent. It is necessary for our overall well-being and can have a positive impact on all areas of our life. Plus, when we take care of ourselves, we are better equipped to help those around us when challenges and stressors come their way. This a big win where everyone benefits and grows stronger together.

So today, use Mindset Rule #1 to acknowledge the importance of your mental health, and inspire you to take action on that truth throughout today. For life is filled with emotions and as mental health warriors we know with certainty, when we can manage our emotions, we can triumph over any challenge that life throws our way.

Bruce Schutter (Author — Mental Health Warrior Book series — A comprehensive roadmap for becoming a Mental Health Warrior, allying with our emotions, and triumphing over any of life’s challenges.)

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