What Mental Health Means
Before we jump into the aspects of actual positive mental health facts, let’s defy first what mental health really is.
A good position of the mental health establishment is defined by most people as:
• A state of well-being
• Knowing what you’re capable of doing
• Dealing with stress in a way that doesn’t actually make you even more stressed
• Being productive
• Making your own decisions and contributing to what your daily life requires
So, basically, it means having a good mindset and state of mind in which you’re comfortable with yourself.
How Can It Be Defined As Positive?
Yes, I know, most of us only know mental health as a negative aspect, but have we really thought about all the good in what’s negative? This is in no way normalizing that a mental illness is beneficial in any way, but rather stating a point that there are good and positive mental health facts out there that we sometimes overlook, or maybe we don’t even know they are there in the first place.
For example, dealing with depression can be a torture to your well-being and it can get worse over time, but let’s concentrate on the other aspect of it, what positive impact it may have? Well, let me break it down for you
• First of all, we have a knowledge and view of life that even thought it’s not always positive, but at times it tends to be more meaningful.
• Having the chance to actually get help from a professional (to which I completely recommend! I have been doing so for the last 3 years).
• Making new connections with people.
Those are just my first take on depression but imagine if we could find all the good things when things aren’t really good.
The Process of Learning
It may seem like everything that’s happening right now in your life is just something – another thing – to add to your ”failure list”, and it’s okay if you have one, we all have bad days, but always remember not to let your circumstances defy you as the human being that you are today. Most of us do, have a collection of things that we don’t like about ourselves, but even though we have to deal with that list on a daily basis since our minds decide out of nowhere that it could be a good idea having to spend sleepless hours, sometimes five nights a week, or even worse all week thinking about that specific thing, but the good news is that we can change that. We have the power to do so, that alone is wonderful.
No, I’m not saying you are going to sleep throughout the night, much less implying that modifying your usual ways may stop your brain from coming up with these types of entangled thoughts.
I used to be the type of person that would sleep between 2-4 hours each night and sometimes I would go two days without closing my eyes. What did I do to chance this negative aspect of my life and turn it into something a more positive? I started my journey with a professional that knew exactly what I was feeling and someone who could help me make some arrangements throughout my day for a better night rest. Thanks to that I can actually say I’ve been sleeping better and actually have a not so anxiety-inducing type of experience. My depression and anxiety are still there, but getting better was on my ”to-do list” so that’s what I did.
There are going to be times when there’s so much negativity that you will think about giving up on whatever positive thing may come along the way and that’s completely normal. That happens to me all the time. The goal here is not to let those negative thoughts control our mentalities. I know what you’re thinking ”easier said than done”, but if you don’t try, or at least work towards that one happy place inside of you, then you may never know what wonderful thing is waiting for you on the next step of your journey. You’ve already been through so much and you’re still fighting. Even if you think of giving up, don’t! You got this. You’re a fighter and you should feel proud for that, and for getting this far into life. That alone is a great accomplishment and something to add to your “positive” list.
What Have We Learned?
It’s completely up to you what you do with your life. No one can tell you what to do or how to feel, but sometimes wanting to feel better is on the top of our priorities and we keep postponing it because we’re afraid it’s not going to turn out okay, we’re scared of failure, we’re scared of being misunderstood, or judged so we think that it’s better to just forget about it and let it go. The problem with letting go is that you really can’t let go. N