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Mental Wellness and Why You Should Care

By Shatyra Williams, MSW
In today’s busy world, we sometimes fly through days, weeks, and even months without taking much time to think about our mental wellness. We are more concerned with visible responsibilities such as our homes, our children, our careers, and our physical bodies. The invisible aspect of our life: our thoughts can easily become overlooked.  Oftentimes we begin to tend to our mental health only once our state of mind begins to take a toll on our physical health or impede our daily responsibilities. A more pro-active approach to mental wellness is to nurture our minds on a regular basis and pay close attention to our ways of thinking. 

Prevention and Improvement

You may be thinking “why should I pay close attention to the way I am thinking if my life is fine and I have no worries?”  The answer is simple: prevention and improvement. Feeding your mind with positive messages and healthy ideas on a regular basis will prevent you from adopting negative thought processes or unhealthy ways of thinking during times of crisis or life transition.

You may have a generally positive way of thinking but perhaps there is a specific topic that easily angers you or causes you sadness and shame. Instead of ignoring these troubling thoughts, think through them. Dig deep and find peace with all aspects of your thoughts. Find ways to accept instances of powerlessness and recognize instances where you have the ability to take action.

Our minds are naturally habit forming. By default, we think today in the same style that we thought yesterday. You never know when a crisis or challenge may affect your life therefore the best way to prepare yourself for coping in difficult times is to practice healthy and positive thinking. Learn to seek out resources, practice talking with others for support, challenge your own negative thoughts, and fill your mind with positive messages. By training your mind to take action towards mental wellness, you are creating a naturally positive way of thinking that may protect you from feeling overwhelmed, consumed, or powerless in the face of an unavoidable life change.

Our minds are the root of our existence. Clean your mind as you would your home. Protect your mind as you would your body. Shape your mind as you would your children. Constant exposure to negative words, images, music, voices, or inner dialogue can all have lasting effects on your logic and self-esteem. Build yourself up to be an individual who thinks for themselves and challenges any threat to their mental wellbeing. You don’t have to be suffering from Depression, Anxiety, or any other clinical mental illness in order to take action towards mental wellness.  Each of us can improve our ways of thinking in one aspect or another. Learning new ideas and filling your mind with uplifting ways of thinking can only lead to an increase in inner peace.

Managing mental health issues can be overwhelming and painful. Knowing when to seek help is an important part of a healthy recovery. There are resources available for any situation. If you are unsure whether you are in need of professional support , take the time to evaluate your current support system, the impact your mental health concern has had on your daily living, and your ability to resolve your struggles on your own.

About the Author

Shatyra Williams MSW, RSW is a Toronto-based Social Worker with a passion for women's wellness. As Program Manager of RWRJ's Artistic Healing Group, Shatyra teaches healthy coping strategies to women survivors of trauma. Through a variety of creative educational techniques Shatyra helps women to challenge themselves, to embrace their imperfections, and to love their journey. 

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