My mental health advice and advocacy largely comes from a place of prevention, rather than treatment or cure.
That if we ALL simply made mental wellness a natural, normal, important part of our lives, maybe less of us would even struggle with our mental health at all.
And if you do have a mental illness, wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a world that understood and cared about their minds and health, too, not just when sick? That way, those who are ill wouldn’t feel alone in suddenly having to care for their minds.
It’s too late to care about mental health only when you’re sick.
People don’t care about helping their mental health until they’re sick and they have no choice. How sad is that? How backwards is that?
It’s like not ever thinking about damage to your body and just living blindly and recklessly without a care in the world until you are injured or, well, dead. It doesn’t make sense, does it? Instead, we are cautious and protect our bodies and try to keep them fit and strong. So, why do we ignore our mental health in this way?
With education and preventative measures and routine healthcare techniques, we can be better equipped to face illness or weakness when it comes. We can fight it off. We can understand it better.
Imagine living in a world where you are allowed to say, “I’m not OK” without judgement, fear, or shame! It seems so ridiculous yet we don’t live in that world. Not yet. We’d sooner lie and say we’re “fine” which is the worst word!
But we are society, and so we must be the change we want to see in the world.
This is why my website is dedicated to sharing advice, tips, mindsets, and lifestyle routines that allow space for mental health awareness and care. That with small changes, mental health care will become a normal, natural, habitual part of our everyday lives; and as well-understood as physical healthcare.
I don’t hold all the answers, sadly, but I hope to continue to share any new ideas I discover on how to better your mental health. But I think it just comes down to two things:
- Awareness: Realising that your mind needs care and exercise and support just like your body does.
- Practice: Actively and routinely caring for your mind just as you make plans to hit the gym or eat right for your body (which also helps your mind, by the way). This is making time for journalling or quiet stillness or mindfulness or reflection.
Prevention over cure, always…
If you need any help in bettering your mental health, or better coping with anxiety, depression, and stress, then my book “You’re As Mad As I Am” may be for you. Check it out here, and download a free sample to see what it’s all about.
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