It is, simply put, a mind that leads to the attainment and maintenance of a balanced, stable life and promotes healthy relationships.
A mind that enables a person to take responsibility, be effective, focused, centred, peaceful thus successful. Ultimately, it is a mind that allows fulfilment and happiness in life.
Why is mental health still a stigma today?
It is because there isn’t enough information on what it is. Education is the starting point – acquiring knowledge and the right information. Then comes the awareness of one’s internal life (thoughts and feelings), followed by the continued application of the acquired techniques (see last question for some tips). This is what enables people to break entrenched negative life patterns of behaviour and unhelpful automatic or impulsive responses to daily triggers, in order to live a happy, fruitful and rewarding in life.
How do we raise awareness?
People need to know that psychotherapy is not for ill or mad people, but rather for those who wish to be happy and fulfilled across all realms of existence. It is paramount to share more knowledge in the world, teaching these principles and techniques on a larger scale in schools, to parents, workers, therapists and as many people as possible through workshops, courses and classes to facilitate the development of an empowered – and empowering – therapist and general population community.
How can we take care of our own mental health?
In addition to eating healthily, getting at least eight hours of sleep, exercising regularly and trying to get at least 10 minutes of exposure to sunlight each day, you could also practice being in the present. Dwelling on the past can foster feelings of depression whilst being in the future can breed anxiety. Accept that the past is gone and the future doesn’t exist and cannot be controlled. Breathe in and return to the now anytime you catch yourself drifting away with a thought, a feeling, a noise or a discomfort, and return to that which you are doing right in this moment, fully absorbed.
Mindfulness, meditation, pranayama or deep breathing techniques classes, or even apps like Headspace can help kindle deep relaxation, detox the system and reduce stress, anxiety and depression. For example, breathe in on a slow count of four and exhale on an even slower count of six or seven for a few minutes every day. In so doing, you can return to inner stillness, and you become empowered to creatively identify the best action in every given situation. Finally, embrace an attitude of contentment, gratitude and active acceptance of what one has and is. Such an attitude attracts abundance, loving relationships and happiness in one’s life.
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From The Finder (Issue 292), June 2018
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