Many modern-day people struggle with maintaining mental and emotional health. A number of people tackle the issue with methods that’ve worked for them, and share their knowledge with the world. One such person is Ralph, an author and psychologist who runs Infinite Waters.

Ralph inspires people to better themselves. This year, he uploaded “How to Improve Your Mental and Emotional Health in 2016,” a video that encourages people to improve their mental and emotional health. His key points begin with owning our weirdness.

 

Once you own your weirdness, and then prove your weirdness, your mental and emotional health will improve.

When you produce things that show the authentic you, people will resonate and respond. Then you’ll realize that you’re not alone and will be able to live in abundance with the things that are truly important to you.

Ralph continues the talk by explaining the roots of negative self-talk. Any inner monologue that gets us down stems from not feeling good enough, or thinking that we’re undeserving. This point reminded me of Brené Brown, who also mentions the importance of choosing to feel deserving. The more you realize the just how much power you have by choosing, the more you can become your greatest fan.

 

You’ve gotta become your greatest fan and realize that you are your greatest enemy.

Ralph invites you to let go of who you think you are. Tap into your inner mind by writing in a journal and questioning any negative statements that arise. Why are they there? And:

 

How is this helping me on my journey?

 

You can augment this practice by engaging in nonviolent and compassionate dialogue with yourself after completing the journal entry.

Aside from writing your thoughts in a private journal, your mental and emotional health increases when you express yourself, even in dark times. If you keep your thoughts to yourself, your self-love decreases whether intentional or not.

Finally, he also mentions the small changes we can make in our lives to improve our energy.

When I was feeling crappy, it was because I was eating crappy.

With our busy lifestyles, it’s easy to forget the importance of physical fuels like food, exercise, and proper hydration. When solutions are too straightforward, we often push them aside. So Ralph includes a reminder of their role in our own well-being.

“How to Improve Your Mental and Emotional Health in 2016” is an encouraging and thoughtful video. Anyone seeking to build self-compassion for themselves can surely benefit from watching this.

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