How’s your hygiene? Chances are that you probably brushed your teeth last night and this morning. But when was the last time you checked in with your mood, your thought patterns? Did you wake up and tell yourself you were going to look for the brighter side of things today?
Mental health is not only important to overall health, but like eating well and exercise, it applies to everyone as a basic part of health. It affects all other aspects of a healthy lifestyle. While changing habits in thinking does not happen overnight, it is as essential to health, happiness and success for the individual as eating well and exercise.
Collectively, avoiding and letting go of fearful thinking, resentment, and negativity is a key to progression and positive change in our world. Collectively begins individually. Individually expands globally.
Mental health is important. Unlike other aspects of health, it so directly affects others, people immediately close, expanding outward. A person who persists in viewing life from an angry, resentful negative place, not only attracts more of this but also is spreading this to others. This is why compassion, but understanding and education is a two way street, and all have a part to play.
It is important to take steps in correcting negative thinking, but also being honest with oneself. It is a constant journey. That is, developing the skill of seeing the brighter side of things, no matter what life’s happenings may be, all the while letting go of the “junk” and emotional baggage that is no longer useful.
While I have studied a lot on my own with some experience in this area, having taught B.R.I.D.G.E.S for Nami, Utah, I am not a therapist. I recommend this blog and book by Guy Winch, PhD author of Emotional First-Aid.
Here’s to a full glass!