We all want to be successful and happy in life. Success and the pursuit of happiness is an unquenchable desire everyone has. Unfortunately, mental health can affect your chances of achieving both success and happiness. How you tackle issues in life, react to situations, and the quality of your life is all based on your mental health.
Recently, people are willing to talk about mental health (which is a good thing), how they are coping with it, and how it affects them daily. This means you don’t have to feel alone about your mental condition anymore. Mental health shouldn’t be considered as a health condition only. It also refers to the state of your mind, which is reflected in how you handle daily tasks.
From that, it’s easier to see how your behavioural patterns, judgments, habits, routines are all indicators of your mental health. And all of these things are vital contributors that determine your success in life. Knowing how your mental health determines your success in life can help you handle it better.
How Mental Health Determines Your Success in Life
1. Energy levels
Mental health affects your overall energy levels to a large extent. As one of the most common mental health conditions, depression is a good example. When a person sinks into depression, it’s usually accompanied by a lack of energy. They experience fatigue most of the time, which harms their chances of becoming successful.
Being in an unhealthy mental state can lead you to put in less energy that is needed because you feel tired. Hence lower performance.
2. Your ability to focus
Stress is a common trigger for poor mental health, and unfortunately, we are always stressed. From technology to social pressure, it’s almost as if everything is trying to exhaust you. Stress can be a problem because your brain loses its ability to focus when you are stressed.
Your judgment becomes impaired, and you start to have problems completing tasks. Keeping an eye on your mental health helps to make sure that your focus is at its peak and that you are optimally handling tasks at hand.
4. Your social circle
Poor mental health can lead to withdrawal and isolation. It can also lead to poor emotional control that might push people away from you. Unfortunately, this affects your social circle; your friends and your ability to network with others.
One of the popular recipes for success is having the right social circle that contributes to your goals and well-being. These networks become your ladder to the top. When poor mental health is unchecked, it can affect your ability to keep a good social circle, therefore robbing you of an essential tool for success.
4. Mental health and consistency
You need to keep working at whatever you are doing. You need to keep trying even when you experience failures, redefining your strategies, and put yourself out there. The consistent effort you take builds up your success over time. Your mental health affects your response to situations and your ability to put yourself out there and keep trying.
When left unchecked, you might find that you easily quit things you start. You may be reluctant to try new things and put yourself out there, and as we all know, if you never try, you can’t succeed. The ability to be consistent with your efforts is largely affected by your mental health.
5. Poor decision making
Poor mental health can result in bouts of uncontrolled emotions that can result in poor judgments. You may find yourself making decisions that sabotage your efforts rather than lead you to your goals. It can get as bad as hysteria or panic attacks.
This can deter your hard work to a large extent. It can sever important relationships and if allowed for too long can lead you into shallow moments.
It is great that mental health is a topic that is openly discussed, and you can see how it can determine your success in life. It’s important to have healthy habits like meditation that keeps your mental health in check, watch out for stressors, talk to someone about things, keep a journal so that you can reflect, and seek help when needed.
Elijah Adah is the founder and CEO of Rextic Media, a full-service digital marketing agency that helps small businesses grow and increase revenue and profit. He is a full-stack web developer by day and by night, a writer. He writes on tech, business, startups, marketing, travels & pretty much any topic that catches his fancy. He is also an Otaku (Japanese anime addict) while not coding or writing.