Am I the only one who thinks mental health refers to crazy people?
I have been thinking of going to a therapist. when the idea popped up I had to assure myself that I was not crazy. I realized I had associated mental health with the abnormalty. I know I am not the only one. Without having hard data to back me up I hypothesis that more than half of the population has not been to a therapist. We do not have that culture.
I think it is time to change the conversation on mental health. We are faced with stress every day. We are not equally created to handle stress or social events. I get socially anxious. Some of us are crippled by fear of rejection, failure, ridicule and plain fear in general. Some of us do not even know our own triggers. I would have diagnosed myself with depression but, I learned that been idol was my trigger. Now that I have tackled that and I am more active and I am not depressed.
We go to the gym to enhance our bodies. We go to religious institutions to build our spirituality. We go to doctors for check ups to see if we are healthy.We have spiritual advisors to keep us on track but where is our mental check ups and advisors? Why is it that we go to seek mental help when we are clinically ill?
The phrase “it is all in the mind”illustrates how powerful the mind is. We can be crippled by fear. Actually get physically ill because our mental capabilities are not performing at its best. Why then do we not take care of the most vital part of our body?
I have been to therapy more than twice before and all the experiences were gratifying. You get a strangers perceptive. You get confidentiality and you get someone to bounce off thoughts with who is not as emotionally invested in it as you are.
I am happy to say this year I am focussing on my mental health. I am learning what triggers the feelings I feel and how to address them. I have learned to see my faults and accept that I have faults. ( It is a big problem for people to see fault in themselves). I am not where I want to be but, I am happy with my progress.I am in a place where I am mentally, spiritually and physically all rounded.
Until next time,