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Physical maturity typically occurs with advancing years. But the same doesn’t happen with everyone mentally. Mental maturity is the ability to take responsibility for your actions, to be sensitive and respectful of others, and to adjust and adapt in surroundings as necessary. A person with emotional maturity always adds value to himself and those around them. However, being immature can have a detrimental effect on both your personal and professional life. So, how to become mature? Let’s find out!
Health Shots got in touch with Dr Sonal Anand, Psychiatrist, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mira Road, Mumbai, who listed down a few ways a person can follow to become mature which can help make better decisions in life.
Self perspective refers to picturing what your thoughts and feelings would be if you were in another person’s shoes. Developing your own perspective helps you become mature. Dr Anand says, “Observe your thoughts and behaviours so that you can become more objective and make better decisions. By gaining self awareness you can understand yourself and even others better.” Along with this, start seeking for feedback from other individuals to gain a fresh viewpoint.
It can be challenging to keep your emotions to yourself, and even constantly expressing them can cause issues. If you don’t express your feelings, over time, you could come to believe that no one is concerned about your needs and wants. You might feel nervous, depressed, and stressed as a result. However, if you express all of your sentiments, it could put you in a vulnerable place where people might judge you and think you can’t control your emotions. This can take a toll on your mental health. According to Dr Anand, “One has to learn how to streamline emotions in a way so that balance can be achieved so as to make more rational decisions.”
Taking charge of your health by choosing a healthy lifestyle will reduce dissatisfaction. Dr Anand also says, “Physical and mental health both go hand in hand for a successful and meaningful life. Better health gives motivation and the strength required to see through difficult situations and come up with solutions.” Remember, better health can empower you to make better decisions.
Being in a negative state of mind or situation can hamper decision making. If you are feeling overwhelmed with negative feelings, it is important to look after yourself and take some time out to relax or do something you enjoy. “Analyse the situation and look for positive means to deal with negativity,”says Dr Anand. Practicing meditation, yoga can help in such situations. Cognitive restructuring is also a better way of changing thoughts to reduce negative thoughts.
Emotionally mature individuals approach life by doing as much good as they can and supporting those around them. Developing empathy for others helps in making wiser decisions and gaining mutual respect. Take criticism in a way that it can be used for self development and motivation. “Learn how to forgive yourself as well so that the mind is clear and more capable of better decision making,” suggests Dr Anand.
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