Health: how to take care of your mental well-being?

Health: how to take care of your mental well-being?

What occupies our attention and our minds on a daily basis has an effect on our immediate mental well-being. How to promote it? Answers with Julie Rivière, psychologist in Lille.



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– What does it take to have a good mind?

“It’s having a balance between managing your emotions, your thoughts and your behaviors. It’s not feeling overwhelmed by changes in your environment, feeling able to adapt to negative external events (at work, with family) which are completely normal.

Overall, it’s succeeding in not staying hyperfocused, not ruminating or being stuck in your emotions without being able to get them out. At the risk of having obsessive behaviors (super stiff) or to be in behavioral avoidance, that is to say not to confront a particular situation. The key words for having a good mind are flexibility and letting go. »

– How to promote a good state of mind to live the daily life, its imperatives and its hazards?

“To manage your emotions, it can be interesting to use relaxation, cardiac coherence (read below)meditation, acceptance, trying to practice self-kindness and self-compassion, not telling yourself ”
It’s necessary
” and accepting that you are not well all the time.

Relaxation exercises allow a return on oneself, an airlock to better address the imperatives of life.
Relaxation exercises allow a return on oneself, an airlock to better address the imperatives of life.

Regarding thoughts, it is considered that there are abstract ruminations: ”
Why does this happen to me?
“, ”
What if I hadn’t done that? And if… ?
“This leads to few problem solving, more negative thoughts and above all it causes behavioral inhibition: we remain in the thought state, stuck in our head. Abstract ruminations are the ones that cause the most depressed mood, anxiety, eating disorders…


Concrete ruminations, on the contrary, allow problem solving because it is a question of asking “how” rather than “why”: “
How do I implement a strategy to feel better and resolve a difficulty?
“It helps to manage emotions better, to feel less helpless, to reduce uncertainty.

Music is a
Music is a “flow” activity that allows you to disconnect from everyday life. photo archives THE VOICE

In behaviors, for mental well-being, it is important to have moments off: cardiac coherence, meditation… And interesting to promote “flow” activities, that is to say where there is a good balance between the difficulty and the pleasure and which require to be completely with what one does: music, gardening, the practice of an art, a sport, video games… »






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