Insights from a Psychotherapist: 3 Tips to Improve Your Mental Well-Being
In today’s fast-paced and digitally consumed world, we all face unique challenges that impact our mental well-being. From the constant barrage of work to the infinite scroll of social media, our lives can become particularly overwhelming.
And while therapy may be appropriate for some, we all can benefit from practical habits we can implement daily. Here are three tips to improve your mental well-being. Let’s dive in!
1. Prioritize Self-Care Aligned with Islamic Values
Self-care transcends cultural and religious boundaries. While exercise, meditation, and reading are all valuable, as Muslims, we can expand our self-care to include our hearts and souls. To do so, try prioritizing daily Prayers and reciting verses of Qurʾān as a means of establishing mindfulness in your day.
This involves being present with every verse you recite and every movement you complete. Doing so can help reduce stress and enhance emotional regulation.
2. Foster Authentic Connections with your Community
Building meaningful relationships plays a significant role in increasing happiness and well-being in our lives. And with the increased programs at our local mosques, there is no better time to connect with our communities. Consider volunteering during programs to communicate with people with similar values.
If you prefer less conversation and activity, consider visiting the mosque during Ṣalāh times to establish more intimate connections with those around you. Doing so will continue to support you in co-regulating your emotions and creating a sense of belonging.
3. Practice Gratitude and Thankfulness
Incorporating gratitude into your daily routine can aid you in shifting your focus from what you lack to what you already have. As Muslims, we possess severaldaily practices that support us in adding gratitude to our lives.
Remember that gratitude does not end at saying ‘Alḥamdulillāh’ but also includes acknowledging and using your blessings to please Allah.
Balancing Faith and Well-Being
Balancing the demands of modern life with your values is a journey worth taking. So, go ahead and prioritize self-care, build authentic connections, and deepen your relationship with Allah (swt) through gratitude.
Remember, taking care of your mental health is a vital part of your dīn, and if you need additional help, seek professional support.
Ali Raza Hasan Ali
MSW, RSW, Clinical Counsellor