Monday, October 31, 2016

Improving Your Mental Health-Step One


If you are looking to improve your mental health and mental health literacy levels, you have to want to first.  This sounds like a simple thing but it is the largest and hardest step to take.  Much of the time if we are suffering from a mental health issue we will hide it or deny that the problem exists.  As a society we have been taught to do this without even knowing it.  This is a big part of the reason that so much stigma exists in regards to mental health.

Who wants to admit there is an issue when we can see how judgmental the perceptions of mental illness can be?  We don't want others to treat us differently or have a negative perception of who we are.  We are already fragile when we are suffering and this can often make it worse.  So what happens is that millions of good people suffer in silence.

If you are not ready to share your issues with the world, or at least a professional, then get started right from your phone or computer.  If you are truly ready to improve your quality of life and your mental health then you have to really want to do so.  This can only come from inside of you and it needs to drive you to be better.  You will want to be passionate about your own happiness and well-being if you plan to do this.

Find the reasons why you want to start your own improvement.  Write them down so you can look at them each day and refocus on why you are doing it.  If you don't feel like doing it for yourself yet, look at those you care about and do it for them if it will get you started.  Simply find reasons for you to be a better you who is happier and more at peace with the world.  Believe me, if those around you care about you, they will want to see you happier and more at peace as well.

Once you have made the decision to 'want' to change, especially for internal reasons, then the process will begin to make sense.  There is no sense in making goals for yourself until you can see them to be possible, and have passion to make them happen.  You deserve to feel better and to move forward in your own healing.

If you truly want to change and improve, then you will!  I am here to help you get started in this process.  It is my hope that you will spend some time today focusing on what your life could be like if you felt happier and more at peace.  Really focus on what that future could look like.  If it is something that you want, then you can make it happen.  A few tools, tips and strategies can help you along the way and that is what I will be providing over the next few weeks.

Although I have worked my own program, I will be working through it again each day with you because we can always continue to improve and strengthen our mental health.  I hope you will join me on this journey to better thinking and that I can help you to feel better about yourself and your own life.

Once you are ready to improve your mental health the first thing we will need to do is a mental health check-up, just like we would do with our physical self.  I will explain ways to go about this and how it will aid in developing a plan that is attainable for you to achieve.  As we go through the steps, we will get to see the results for ourselves and see the improvements as they happen.  I look forward to taking this journey with you and I truly hope that you find the happiness and peace that you deserve in this life.

Take care and be well

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