We are a generation of people with chronic emotional and mental health issues. Or rather, we’re the first generation that’s discovering how truly prevalent these issues have always been. Stress, anxiety, addiction, depression, anger. These are some of the deepest wounds and some people assume they just get better with time. But sometimes, time isn’t enough. You need practices like the following to go through with them.
The right mindset
It all begins when the individual admits that they have a problem and they want to get better. This can genuinely be the hardest step and if you’re looking in from the outside, there’s little you can do about it. Sometimes an intervention might help, but the desire to help, to be there for them needs to lead it. From there, the process of self-discovery begins. With addiction and mental health issues, mindfulness can be one of the most powerful tools. It gives us the ability to watch our own actions, to see how the gears in our minds turn that then lead to harmful behaviors such as panic attacks or indulging in bad habits. From that, we learn to extract ourselves from the situations that cause those mental processes.
The right support
A helping hand simply has to play a major role in helping to cope with these issues. Being more watchful of our fellow man is the start. The links between stress, depression, alcoholism and suicidal thoughts make it an imperative that we are the watchers of our own people.
The right environment
There’s a point that we have to hold our hands up and realize that there’s no more we can do for them individually, of course. Helping addicts find places like Beachway to recover and helping depressed people find the qualified minds to talk to can be huge. We can serve as the bridge to some of the scariest steps they might otherwise have to face alone. From there, we can help them avoid the environments that might lead to lapses until they’re ready to confront them if they ever are.
The right habits
Busying the mind can play a huge role in helping to get over not only addiction but to keep us too occupied to deal with stress or anxiety as often. Healthy fixations like exercise or creativity have been shown to be hugely therapeutic.
The right goals
Self-ownership is an important step on the road to recovery and it’s an important step further down the way as well. Just as we have to own and acknowledge our issues, we have to own and acknowledge our progress as well. Learning to appreciate and even celebrate the positive steps and goals we take is vital as shown at Selfgrowth. Whether it’s spending time socializing, attending our tenth therapy session, or getting a job.
Simply thinking that people get better with time is the reason we’ve pulled back the blindfold to see the extent of pain that much of our society is dealing with. We all have to get a little more active and a little more helpful.