Being Proactive About Your Mental Health is Important

May 10, 2023 0 Comments

We will do everything we can to make the body spaces in which we live beautiful. We will clean the cabinets, clear the clutter and wash our windows. We will exchange the old with the new and refreshing. We will do all this and not even think about it.

But our mind — the only spaces we really can’t leave – often receive less love and care, less priority than our body spaces. Our minds are hidden, the issues that afflict so many of them are invisible, and, as such, our mental health is often not on our priority lists.

As the snow melts and we all think about how to enjoy our longer and sunnier days, I have something to add to our spring project lists: spice up our mental health.
To emphasize the urgent need to prioritize our mental health, a statistic:

An important finding from Mental Health America’s 2019 report indicates that more than half of Americans matures with mental illness do not receive treatment. This represents a total of more than twenty-seven million people who are not being treated for their mental health problems, and this does not include adolescents, nor does it reflect the scourge of difficulties caused by recent times.

Perhaps part of the gap between those affected and those treated professionally is the nomenclature. Admitting to having anxiety or get-down is one thing, but adopting the terminology of “mental illness” seems somehow more prescriptive, as if, by acknowledging a mental illness, you are subjecting yourself to something that you have historically been able to hide. It seems to me that this is part of the reason why twenty-seven million matures are not being treated; because the words we use to talk about mental illness dissuade those who are already reluctant to admit that they are struggling.

But we have to admit it. We must treat our minds as we treat our house and make sure that it is clean and robust, ready to protect us. And one of the best ways to do this is with the help of a professional.

To illustrate the power of professional help, A story:

My daughter was ten months old. Her little body was as bloated as the hot stones that a masseuse delicately places along her spine. His lethargy after the nap was charged with fever. I put her on my bed to examine her and she started cramping. My baby had a seizure and I thought she was going to die. These were the two longest minutes of my life.

As soon as the paramedics arrived and tied her to the ambulance, I learned that she most likely had a fever-related strike, which the emergency doctor told me was much more destructive for the psyche of a witness than for the child’s body. Nevertheless, the trauma of the experience persists. That was four years ago.

A few months after the seizures (she had another one eleven days after), I visited my midwife and told her about the terror I experienced during the episodes. She suggested that I see a therapist and she made an urgent referral for me to be seen immediately.

I digress from the topic to say that everyone should be so happy to have this kind of medical procedure. If I hadn’t been pushed to a therapist, I might not have sought one until my anxiety became even more paralyzing. But I met with a therapist then, and I still meet with her every two weeks today. I always talk about the crises. I only approached her this week. These seizures, which amounted to only five minutes of my life, caught me so mercilessly that I still suffer from the experiences. When my children are sick, when a recent times sweeps the planet, my anxiety increases.

But I’m fine, and I know it’s because I prioritize my mental health. Indeed, this is due to therapy.

Therapy requires some of our most valuable finite resources – time and money. It makes sense to me why some people object to it. However, I would say that our mental health is an equally important Resource and worthy of all our other resources. Fortunately, the rise of teletherapy platforms has helped to eliminate inaccessibility by making therapy more lifestyle-friendly, requiring less time and often less money than traditional therapy.

Forbes has analyzed various online therapy platforms in this roundup, taking into account the cost, ease of use and other features if you are interested in teletherapy.

Cleaning up our mental health is more than just adding therapy to our List of spring projects. It also means giving ourselves breaks when we need them, exercising regularly, and spending time nurturing our relationships. Most of the time, this means putting our mental health at the top of our priority lists.

We are all better — each of us — at taking care of our mental health.

We are all better — each of us — at taking care of our mental health. I’m not a statistician, but I imagine that very often people who need therapy need a boost from an outside party before continuing it. Sometimes all you need is a stranger who says to take care of your mental health. I hope I can be that party for you.

So, to send the message home, a prompt:
Please, go take care of your mind. Add it to your List. Treat it like your home. Because, of course, it is.

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