It’s #worldmentalhealthday2017 and as a mental health ambassador this is a subject close to my heart.
My work at The Priory Hospital and other care establishments has enlightened the way I perceive life and how I share my yoga practice. But mental health is a complex and delicate matter. So here’s a question…
How do we achieve good, balanced mental health?
I guess it depends where on the mental health spectrum you are but generally when working with individuals and groups I advise adopting a cognitive, mindful approach to exercise and lifestyle. Coupled with some good therapy, I believe that practiced regularly we develop a positive mindset that ripples out into every day life smoothing out the hard edges during challenging times.
It’s, at least, a good start.
A simple mantra to use is ‘this time will pass’ as often a ‘cure’ is hard to find. I also suggest that rather than fighting the symptoms and ‘getting on with it’ we acknowledge and accept its presence in our lives and make small steps and changes towards recovery, finding the tools to help heal and manage the symptoms.
Wherever we sit in our mental health remember that life is like the breath flowing in and out of the body. Its purpose is to create life and energy. We might try to control it with our thoughts, beliefs and will power but it is simply there to serve us. So let go. Breathe. Accept. Find your path. Whatever hurdles you stumble upon breathe and remember….
If it comes, let it.
If it goes, let it.
Never suffer in silence. Contact your family, friends or GP. It’s ok to ask for help.
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