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The Mental Pillar of Ultimate Potentials encompasses how we think in certain situations. We like to think of this pillar as a filing cabinet where we store our beliefs and fears, as well as our thoughts about our past, present, and future. This pillar must be trained to stop holding us back by keeping us in the past, continuously considering all of the “what if’s” of life. By training this pillar, we can learn to live in the present. 

  • How to Put YOU First (And Not Feel Selfish!)

“Mental health is a priority for everyone, whether or not a diagnosis is present. “Mental Health” encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Many mental health professionals expand this definition to include the interaction of our physical and spiritual health with overall well-being as well” - Elise Lowell 

 

The Mental Pillar of Ultimate Potentials encompasses how we think in certain situations. We like to think of this pillar as a filing cabinet where we store our beliefs and fears, as well as our thoughts about our past, present, and future. This pillar must be trained to stop holding us back by keeping us in the past, continuously considering all of the “what if’s” of life. By training this pillar, we can learn to live in the present. 

If you’ve ever flown on an airplane, you’ll know that the first rule in an emergency is to secure your own oxygen mask before helping someone else. Well, in many ways, this is no different from the way in which we should approach our mental health; we must learn how to prioritize ourselves. 

Even if you don’t have a diagnosis for a mental illness, it is important to keep note of when our mental state needs repair or rejuvenation. Many of us have the habit of pretending to be okay for the sake of others, because we are worried about bothering them or inconveniencing them with our problems. We may put aside our own mental health to look out for a loved one, or we may prioritize the feelings of a loved one because we feel we can spare them some negativity. While it is a valuable trait to help those around us, if we don’t take care of our own mental health, we cannot be the best version of ourselves, and therefore we will not be able to reach our Ultimate Potentials. 

That all being said, how can you work on putting yourself first? In order to be present for others in our lives, we must first tend to our own mental wellbeing. We can accomplish this by prioritizing ourselves and learning when we need to say no. There may be a time when a loved one wants something from you, and you must learn how to tell them that you need your own time and space. The quote “you can’t give what you don’t have” is because of this very reason! How can we help others when we don’t have the capacity to help ourselves? 

Making you a priority can also mean little things on a day to day basis—reminding yourself to think positively, remembering to eat breakfast before you leave for work, taking a sick day when we need it, or stepping away from a stressful situation because it’s overwhelming, even though you feel obligated to engage with the situation. 

Self care and maintaining a healthy headspace are extremely helpful when it comes to refilling your mental pool. Relaxing and enjoyable activities are just as important as productivity and being responsible. Everyone is entitled to a bubble bath and a Netflix marathon occasionally, after all! Your mental pool must be filled through self care, so that you can adequately provide support for yourself and your loved ones when it is needed

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