Wholesome Dwelling: Shedding Gentle On Our Attitudes To Psychological Well being

Sometimes, with just acquiring a few mental wellness tools, in order to survive and ultimately be successful, it is a way of getting better bit by bit. ~ Robert Skender

Coast to coast to coast in Canada, May 3-9 is Mental Health Week. It’s an annual reminder of how mental health, individually or collectively, plays an important role in everything we think about and do in our lives.

The week also sheds light on our societal attitudes towards mental health, which were detrimentally out of date and inconsistent with other parts of our ever-changing society. Awareness and knowledge are the sunlight that can destigmatize mental health problems and, with hope and healthy communication, completely remove shame and ignorance from the picture.

As we improvise through the coronavirus pandemic, Mental Health Week becomes more important than ever. Although the source of the pandemic begins with a physical viral infection, the outcome is quickly becoming a mental health problem from global to local communities on an individual scale.

COVID-19 is redefining how we interact and respond to all unknown hazards in places where we used to find comfort and normalcy. Grocery stores, the local ice rink, swimming pool, and library have been temporarily closed or the experience has been changed so that they are now unknown.

The appropriate and proportional response is feelings and thoughts that involve some fears or other unfamiliar negative aspects.

Naming, expressing and confronting are the keys to understanding and processing new, pandemic-influenced, uncomfortable, psychological wellness needs.

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Week (Understanding Our Emotions) is understanding that it’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, or fearful at any time. Negative emotions and thoughts are part of a healthy and proportional response to the new challenges of daily life.

Sometimes, with just acquiring a few mental wellness tools, in order to survive and ultimately be successful, it is a way of getting better bit by bit. It has been my experience in life that the path to overcoming obstacles to mental wellbeing begins with missteps and mistakes and then achieves small, realistic, and achievable goals.

Once a problem has been identified, the direction in which it is to be addressed can be addressed. When the social stigma is lifted, mental health problems can have a name and a method for achieving wellness.

The small successes accumulate and emotional difficulties and limits become manageable. New community networks are there like a pillow or a safety net. When you fall again the floor is a softer place to fall and it’s much easier to get up and move on.

If your car starts rattling and smoking, it is almost impossible to find the solution without looking under the hood and possibly having a professional by your side to give you vital advice.

Mental Health Week allows conversations that were previously silent to create an atmosphere in which “correction” can begin.

By recognizing the disease and with professional and community support, things will eventually go a little better and the path to happiness and security, whichever form you take, is a goal that is getting closer and closer to reality.

Robert Skender is a freelance writer and health commentator for Powell River.

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