The Guide to a Better Mental State

Advice for young adults to maintain a positive mental state through the new year.


Knile Kerrin

Staff Reporter Knile Kerrin offers some tips on how to better your mental state in this new year.

1. Writing to Express
Many people who I’ve come across in my lifetime as a young teenager have made me have a
clear and thorough understanding that everyone has a different way of expressing emotion.
Whether it may be physically, emotionally, verbally or even none at all. Everyone one person is
different, but it is important for all people to express themselves in some sort of way, especially
as peers of mine are becoming young adults. Some people are not the best at verbally
expressing, like myself for instance. I’m not much of a verbal, or even emotional being so I
choose to take another route in order to release my emotions and thoughts. Throughout the
current pandemic we’re in, I’ve taken time to discover apps that allow you to cope with issues
and release tensions within oneself. A great app I discovered was called Jour. It is available on
all devices, and allows you to have access to your own daily-self care journal. It contains
interactive guides that tailor to your needs—allowing you to build a healthier and more mindful
lifestyle. Journaling is like yoga for the mind, whether it may be through an app or physically in
real life.

2. Taking Breaks from Social Media
Social media has skyrocketed more than ever before since the beginning of the current
pandemic. At this time there has been more social media use due to the amount of time and
extra freedom people have gained. Many people tend to bash social media but there’s also
plenty of good to it. It is a great networking tool to promote things such as businesses, and so
forth. Although, too much of social media on a consistent basis can tend to clog your mind and
overwhelm you before you even realize. Social media gives us the space to connect with others
and the outside world but this also can cause a disconnect within ourselves—mentally,
physically, and emotionally. Studies have shown that the most common emotion for people
randomly just scrolling through social media is due to depression. It is important to present
your mental state as a priority so taking a subtle break from social media never hurts. It’ll give
you more time to focus on what’s important in your life, trust me.

3. Be more selfless and do for others
When dealing with anxiety, stress, or depression, your focus and emotions tend to be more
inward toward yourself. This causes you to lose focus with the world and suppress your
emotions, constantly wasting thoughts on yourself and what’s going wrong instead of what
could be right. Although it may be difficult for many, you have to build the comfort and strength to want to be better. Allowing yourself to shift the narrative off of yourself and onto someone
or something else is a great start to change and a better mental state. Doing something for
another individual whether it may be a simple, random act of kindness or service of gratitude,
allows for more positivity to be spread and can powerfully affect your own emotional being for
the better. Acts of admiration can be so little yet so important in friendships, and throughout
life; it could be as simple as just checking up on someone or giving a kind compliment. A little
goes a long way in life.

4. Talk to a therapist or someone comforting
Speaking to someone you trust with personal information is always important when developing
the courage to express yourself. Speaking out about your truths, strengths, weaknesses and
complications can help to improve symptoms of many mental health conditions. In order to feel
comforted, it is key that your inputting trust into the communicator. It is also important that
the person you’re communicating with can understand multiple points of views, and provide
positive advice. With the process of bettering yourself, you have to progress with patience. You
will not better yourself overnight by having one conversation with someone, it happens
gradually over time with constructive criticism that you should attempt to commit to and
follow. Although expressing yourself verbally may be difficult, it will progressively become
easier with due diligence.