When I think of mental health, there are lots of topics that come to mind. There’s the physical aspect, or keeping my body healthy. There’s my relationships. There’s also more mundane matters like making sure I get enough sleep and carving out enough time for myself. All of these things come to mind when I think of what “mental health” means to me.
But it doesn’t give me a clear idea for how to improve myself. Instead, it leads to a lot of disparate thoughts being muddled together in my mind.
That’s why Gary Keller’s big question can make a big difference.
When I think of my mental health in this new way, a few ideas jump to the surface. I know I need to get enough sleep. I know I need to eat food that doesn’t make me feel terrible and drain my energy. There are a few essential actions that immediately seem obvious. It makes me want to ask myself this question all day, every day.
But Keller, on this podcast with top “lifestyle design” expert Tim Ferris
, warns that life is not about constantly maximizing every moment of every day. Instead, he explains that the goal is to pick one big activity that aligns with your goals, and get that done early in the morning so that you “win the day.”
Now, Keller’s main focus with The One Thing is helping readers lead productive lives. But this is a mental health newsletter, and the same logic can be applied to your mental / emotional health.
So I want you to really think about this question. Don’t just skim over it and let it build up residue in the back of your brain. Really chew on it for a bit.
What is the one mental health action you could take such that by doing it everything else becomes easier or unnecessary?