March 4 2020
Do you have Mental Wealth?
When we put money into an investment account, the long-term goal is to increase that capital with interest. The more capital we invest, the more interest we will accrue over the long term. Today, I want to talk about investments, but I don’t mean financial investments. BUT I do want you to think of this type of investment like that of a financial investment.
Now switch your thinking to mental illness for a second. The traditional medical model used in diagnosing and treating mental illness does so by looking at symptoms and treating those symptoms in order to get the person back to baseline functioning. This and therapy can be needed for those that suffer from debilitating mental illness. But once at baseline, what’s next? To further explain, think of a number line with zero being the center point. The traditional medical model’s goal is to move a person from where they are on that number line towards zero. But how do we move past that zero mark and down the right side of the number line? Is it even possible?
In order to move past zero and gain long term MENTAL WEALTH, we need to practice investing in our mental and physical wellbeing. This can be done several ways but at the end of the day, making small changes (investments) in our daily life will produce effective and long-lasting habits over time. Here are a few things we can make small changes in to start investing in our wellbeing and gain long term MENTAL WEALTH:
- Set SMART goals
- Making healthier choices when it comes to nutrition
- Getting enough sleep
- Drinking plenty of water
- Walking at least 30 minutes a day
- Practicing gratitude
- Finding and investing in your personal strengths
- Surrounding yourself with HEALTHY relationships
- Practicing self-care
- Reaching out and asking for help when things get tough emotionally
Psychology lists a few more ways to invest in your mental wealth here.
I challenge each of you to make one small investment in your mental and physical wellbeing so you can start or continue the process of gaining mental wealth.